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More companies are taking on climate change. Are they doing enough?

by Christian Buckler Oct 18, 2019
Experts say the recent cascade of pledges and commitments are mostly steps in the right direction.
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the companys sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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A new jet fuel offers the prospect of no-carbon, “guilt-free” flying

by Stephen Beard Oct 10, 2019
A pilot project in Rotterdam is testing the viability of a fuel made out of air that would cut an aircraft’s emissions to zero.
A group of companies is testing the viability of a “no-carbon” jet fuel at the Hague Airport. Above, a plane flies over Germany in 2018.
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Cities pledge to lower climate change emissions

by Ben Bradford Oct 10, 2019
And they’ll look to do it without major budget impacts, because there’s no dedicated “city climate change fund.”
Los Angeles Mayor and Chair of C-40 Eric Garcetti is trying to strike a "Global Green New Deal" to lower emissions. Above, a layer of pollution hovering over L.A. in late 2017.
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The government is buying up mortgages with climate risk — report

by Justin Ho Sep 30, 2019
A new report says banks are selling mortgages at risk of natural disaster-related default to government-backed mortgage giants.
A man carries an American flag he found as he walks on the foundations of homes demolished by hurricane Michael in October 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.
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The role of whales in staving off climate change

by Rhoda Metcalfe Sep 26, 2019
A study from the IMF looks at the economic impact of whales on alleviating the effects of climate change.
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An economist responds to Greta Thunberg

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 24, 2019
"I think she is cutting out a political path on which economists must now travel," said economist Ashoka Mody.
Youth Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
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Sustainable growth and whether it's realistic or a "fairy tale"

by David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Sep 24, 2019
Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org, says emphasis on continuous economic growth in the 20th century has backfired on us in the 21st century.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders for prioritizing economic growth over climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit Sept. 23 in New York City. Above, the UN General Assembly Hall.
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At UN Climate Summit, both anger and the need for money are palpable

by Stephanie Hughes Sep 23, 2019
“We’ll be watching,” said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations, where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change, on Sept. 23 in New York City.
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Impossible Burger slides into grocery stores

by Ben Bradford Sep 20, 2019
The company plans to begin at high-end chains like Gelson’s Market and then expand to more mass-market stores.
The Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger that advertises a real-beef taste.
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Climate change impacts are coming to Big Tech's doorstep

by Marketplace Staff Sep 16, 2019
How prepared are Apple, Google, Facebook and other firms for risks like sea level rise?
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