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The Talanoa Dialogue: Climate Change and the SDGs

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM


According to the UN’s recently completed Emissions Gap Report, the existing pledges by member states to cut emissions will not be sufficient to meet the Paris climate agreement of 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Importance of Machine Learning and Building a Data Set in Business

Posted by Chris Haddock on Jan 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Machine learning can significantly contribute to business’ efficiency. It can help identify which products and services sell well during defined periods, allowing companies to adjust their sales operations accordingly to improve their bottom line. Machine learning can also detect which parts of a business process are taking up too much time and resources, enabling companies to make improvements before profits are undermined.

How ICT Drives Progress in Health, Energy, and Climate Change

Posted by Jessica Wang on Jan 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM


In our  February 2016 issue of Greenwatch, we discussed how information and communications technology (ICT) was essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We reported the overwhelming conclusion that the SDGs can only be realized with greater progress in the speed, degree and equality of development in ICT. This progress in ICT can lead to acceleration in meeting targets in key areas such as financial inclusion, education, health, energy, and climate change. In this article, we will continue by looking at ICT’s role in accelerating progress in health, energy, and climate change.

Climate Change and the Fast-Vanishing Land North of the Arctic Circle

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM


It was in 2000 when I saw cockroaches scurrying around the left-over campfire in Ontario’s Killarney provincial park that I started observing the effects of climate change. I had gone backpacking with my son and sister, and until then, I thought one of the benefits of the cold Canadian winter was that it killed off exotic insects. But that anomaly pales with what I saw this summer north of the Arctic Circle where a warming climate is resulting in a rapid loss of land from several causes simultaneously -- namely heat, heavy rains, and shoreline erosion.

4 Steps to Improve Your CDP Performance Webinar: Key Takeaways for Improving Your Company’s CDP Performance

Posted by Megan Crawford on Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM


On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, ADEC Innovations hosted a webinar on how to improve your CDP performance.

It is important for investors, NGOs, customers, the public and other stakeholders to have access to information on CDP performance. An organization’s CDP Scores can greatly affect the way partners, consumers, clients and the public perceive the organization. To ensure the continuity of a business, it is imperative to have suppliers that are also sustainable. Due to these facts, suppliers and clients alike benefit from maximizing their CDP performance. There are simple ways to improve a corporation’s score, the simplest of which is properly reporting information in questionnaires submitted to CDP. Responses should be as informative, complete and exact as possible.

Why Addressing Deforestation Makes Good Business Sense

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Dec 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Deforestation can be detrimental and have serious effects on businesses. It can lead to resource depletion which can impede the generation of products and services. It can also aggravate the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and heatwaves. Furthermore, stakeholder confidence is known to decrease for companies whose operations contribute to deforestation as stakeholders are more inclined to patronize a sustainable firm.

Steps to Improve Your Company’s CDP Performance

Posted by Jessica Wang on Dec 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM


CDP performance is one of the key indicators of a sustainable business, helping calculate the impact companies have on climate change. Investors and customers consider a business’ CDP performance to be one piece of concrete proof of its sustainability. CDP’s rankings measure transparency of climate change impacts, as well as the efforts taken to mitigate and reduce those negative impacts.

Achieving the SDGs Through Wastewater Management

Posted by Wendy Ye on Nov 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Wastewater management is regarded primarily as a sanitation process. But what most people do not know is that wastewater management can also be used as a tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Beyond sanitation, the benefits of wastewater management can also ensure a healthy community and a healthy planet.

Making Renewable Energy Accessible in Developing Countries

Posted by Megan Crawford on Nov 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM


According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook - 2016 (WEO - 2016), approximately 1.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. In addition, at least 2.7 billion people around the world continue to depend on conventional biomass for cooking. Roughly 95 percent of the global population without access to electricity and modern cooking fuels reside in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia. About 80 percent of them live in rural communities.

Accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Posted by George Lu on Nov 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The Sustainable Development Goals aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. In order to be successful, they must leverage the power of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).