Women play a crucial role in the rural economy, both in developing and developed countries. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.” On the International Day of Rural Women, SciDev.Net features Nepalese farmers facing the challenges of climate change.
Global Compact Network Singapore Launches First Official Chapter of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and Reporting Tool RICE
Launch of Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition’s first official chapter at Global Compact Network Singapore Summit Singapore, 19 November 2018 — The first official chapter of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC Singapore) was launched today by Global Compact Network Singapore and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC). Through this unique partnership, CPLC Singapore aims to encourage the private sector to collaborate through using internal carbon pricing as a mechanism to reduce...
CPUC Report Shows Utilities Continue to be Ahead of Renewable Energy Goals in Fight Against Climate Change
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today (11/1) said that its Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) program, which is one of the most ambitious in the country, remains ahead of target and is helping to drive down renewable contract prices. The state's RPS requires investor-owned utilities, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators to procure 33 percent of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources by 2020 and 60 percent by 2030. On September 10, 2018, Senate Bill 100 was...
Corporate Reporting Shows Increased Focus on Global Issues
There has been a significant increase in the number of businesses that acknowledge global issues like climate change and human rights in their corporate reports over the last few years. A study of more than 158 leading companies across 31 countries has found that eight in ten have improved the robustness of their sustainability reporting since 2014. Almost nine in ten at least acknowledge the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while half map their strategies against the targets and provide...
Greenhouse Gases List - Top 3 Global Warming Contributors
Although there are plenty of other contributing factors to global warming, Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Water Vapour, and Ozone (O3) are the most popular. The greenhouse effect of these gases has been a long-standing cause of global warming, with some countries taking action by placing a ban on certain products that are deemed harmful, such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons – used in the manufacturing of aerosol sprays). CFC’s are banned because of their effect on upper...
New ‘hyperlocal’ air quality network for London
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new, street-by-street monitoring system that will help to improve that capital’s air quality. From July 2018, and operating for a year, London will benefit from what is being described as the world’s most sophisticated air quality monitoring system. A consortium involving academia, an environmental charity, and commercial partners will install a network of 100 multiparameter AQMesh air quality monitors, whilst also operating two Google Street View cars that will...