"May 31 News: UN Recommends Big Companies Report Environmental Impacts As Well As Profits"
A UN development panel concluded that climate change is too important an issue to leave off of corporate disclosure forms. [Reuters]
Big companies should report their impact on the environment in addition to their earnings under a U.N. plan to boost economic growth and ease poverty by 2030, according to recommendations by a panel of world leaders released on Thursday.
Slowing climate change and protecting the environment should be at the core of global development, said the 27-member panel, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
“There is one trend – climate change – which will determine whether or not we can deliver on our ambitions,” the report said. “Without environmental sustainability, we cannot end poverty; the poor are too deeply affected by natural disasters and too dependent on deteriorating oceans, forests and soils.”
The report – handed over by Yudhoyono to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York – recommends 12 so-called illustrative goals to replace eight Millennium Development Goals that were aimed at reducing poverty and hunger. Those goals were agreed to by world leaders in 2000 and expire in 2015.
A new special report from USA Today on the impacts of climate change spotlights how increased carbon dioxide creates more pollen, making allergy sufferers miserable. [USA Today]
Former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon is organizing a 1,000-person climate march across the country next year, spanning 8 months, thousands of miles, and lots of public curiosity. [Des Moines Register]
A wildfire outside of Los Angeles burned out of control last night, with a local fire inspector saying “Heat is going to be our big enemy.” [LA Times]
The latest on Organizing for America’s grassroots push to discredit climate denial. [The Week]
The fact that glaciers are melting in the Alps is not just a sad reminder of global warming — it also means a greater risk of avalanches as the mountains lose their “glue.” [New York Times]
Let’s say you’re an electric utility — what is it like as hundreds of thousands of solar installations come online? The demand curve moves, you can use less coal, and certain technical issues arise that are not insurmountable. [Renew Economy]
New Jersey is set to increase spending on solar energy by nearly half a billion dollars, meaning almost a hundred more megawatts of new capacity. [Solar Love]
Australia is on track to generate 22 percent of its energy from renewable resources. [CleanTechnica]
What does a timber company actually have to do in order to obtain “green” certification? [LA Times]
The Canadian government refused to detail how $16 million in taxpayer funds was spent to promote oil, gas, and other resources. [Vancouver Sun]
Google invested $12 million in a South African solar farm. [San Jose Mercury News]
Curious about the new solar plane making a cross-country trek? Ask them anything on Reddit today at 1pm. [CleanTechnica]