Framing a New Webinar on Biodiversity and Corporate Sustainability http://bit.ly/2fpW5sZ – January 18, 2016 1:15 to 2:45 PM EST
Corporations engage in sustainable practices for reasons beyond creating a positive public image. Sustainability practices can also improve profitability and help them comply with emerging regulations. Many companies look outside their own doors for help in making smart choices and maximizing the impact of those choices.
Join SSF and Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability in a free webinar about how biodiversity thinking benefits companies. The session will be led by Leah Gerber, Director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at The Center brings together individuals and groups – from academia, nonprofit, policy and corporate sectors – to achieve common goals of conservation biodiversity and sustainable management of natural resources in the 21st century.
Registration is open and additional panelists will be announced over the next few weeks.
Restoring the Carbon Budget is the Critical Challenge of our Time
The pace of climate change means removing CO2 directly from the air may be inevitable to meet climate goals!
The capacity of the Earth’s atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is limited. The situation is growing more urgent. Even after the December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, the pace to transform economies away from dumping fossil carbon into the atmosphere will likely be too slow to achieve the goal of holding the temperature increase to two degrees Celsius.
Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its “carbon budget” within two decades, if it hasn’t already. This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to conclude that Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), which remove CO2 from the air, will be needed to meet climate goals.
However, NETs are still in the research, development or demonstration stages of commercialization and may not be ready in time, or feasible at the necessary scale. That poses a conundrum. Technologies cannot develop without policy drivers; policy cannot lead the way without the assurance of demonstrably affordable and scalable technologies.
Join Arizona State University’ Global institute of Sustainability and the Security and Sustainability Forum in the first of a three-part series where leading experts will address the research, policies, economics and accountability needed to “Restore the Carbon Budget”.
Session 1 Panelists include: Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development senior UN advisor, bestselling author, syndicated columnist and former Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Kevin recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre. David Biello, Science Curator at Ted Talks and former Scientific American Energy and Environment Editor, will moderate the session.