Nordic Investment Bank issues a EUR40m ($55m), 5yr AAA ‘environmental’ bond

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

competitiveness and the environment” of the Nordic and Baltic countries. The bank’s S&P credit rating is AAA. According to NIB’s web site, proceeds of the bond go to projects meeting NIB’s environmental sustainability criteria, “such as” those that: reduce emissions (mainly CO2, SOx, NOx, dust, energy efficiency, renewable energy, public transport solutions and recycling; …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Distinct sensory-motor reflexes in fruit flies: Use odor receptors, visual cues to find fruit

Jay Owen Nature/Biomimicry

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News Distinct sensory-motor reflexes in fruit flies: Use odor receptors, visual cues to find fruit Posted: 04 Feb 2014 03:55 PM PST That fruit fly appearing moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used a poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search and …

Businesses support evidence that there is no basis to change the fourth carbon budget

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, SRI/ESG News

Businesses support evidence that there is no basis to change the fourth carbon budget Embargoed: 11th December 2013 00.01am A large and powerful alliance of Britain’s biggest businesses have publically supported a review by the Committee on Climate Change which concludes that there is no basis to change the Fourth Carbon …

Inaction on Climate Change: The Cost to Taxpayers

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Reports You Need

Inaction on Climate Change: The Cost to Taxpayers When we examine the full costs of public programs that pay for disaster relief and recovery from extreme weather events—ad hoc disaster assistance appropriations, flood insurance, crop insurance, wildfire protection, and state run “residual market” insurance programs—we can begin to understand the price to U.S. …

[Climate Bonds] COP19 snippets #2: new rpt shows climate finance flows flat @$359bn p.a. vs $1tn needed

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, SRI/ESG News

“ Ethical Markets  agrees with  our colleague Sean Kidney, founder of the Climate Bonds Initiative , and our Green Transition Scoreboard ®  confirms his analysis.Hazel Henderson,Editor” Climate Bonds has posted a new item, ‘COP19 snippets #2: new rpt shows climate finance flows flat @$359bn p.a. vs $1tn needed / IEA …

[Climate Bonds] COP19 snippets: UN climate negotiations a damp squib / HSBC’s Robins “We need to integrate climate into financial policy” / GGGI CEO says investors should expect change in a rush, leaving assets stranded: “hedge your bets”!

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News

Climate Bonds has posted a new item, ‘COP19 snippets: UN climate negotiations a damp squib / HSBC’s Robins “We need to integrate climate into financial policy” / GGGI CEO says investors should expect change in a rush, leaving assets stranded: “hedge your bets”!‘ I’ve been in Warsaw for more than …

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News: Southeast U.S. should prepare for wild weather from climate change, expert says

Jay Owen Trendspotting

  ScienceDaily: Top Environment News     Southeast U.S. should prepare for wild weather from climate change, expert says Posted: 14 Nov 2013 08:36 AM PST People who live in the southeastern united states should begin to prepare for more drastically changing weather conditions — everything from heat waves to …

Miami under water | Interview with Ikea’s CSO | Is natural capital next?

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News

        8 November 2013 Share           What’s been happening?           As Ben Strauss from Climate Central predicts more than 25% of Boston, Miami, New Orleans, and Atlantic City could be under water by 2100, we look to the threat rising …

How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart

Jay Owen Trendspotting, Earth Systems Science

How the world is failing at its climate goals, in one giant chart By Brad Plumer, Washington Post: November 5  Every time world leaders get together and talk about climate change, they tend to agree on one big thing: We shouldn’t let global average temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. …

How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt by Naomi Klein Waste land: large-scale irrigation strips nutrients from the soil, scars the landscape and could alter climactic conditions beyond repair. Image: Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto/ Flowers, London, Pivot Irrigation #11 High Plains, Texas Panhandle, USA (2011) In December 2012, …