Please see below selected pre-2016 intelligence about sustainability. Please contact Dominic Kelleher with any questions.
- Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities. Employees want to work for them, customers are willing to pay more for their products and investors are eager to become shareholders. “Hybrid social ventures” like Whole Foods, Patagonia, and Honest Tea that combine commerce with sustainability missions are leading the movement for sustainability-oriented innovation in business. For established companies that were not necessarily built with sustainability in mind, these new entrants are competing for their most attractive customers and talent.
- It took about $150bn in today’s money to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, and now it is said we need to come up with the same amount to save the world from climate change. That is the message from Sir David King, UK Foreign Office climate envoy, and six other prominent British scientists, business people and civil servants behind a climate plan modelled on the US Apollo space programme. They want large countries to spend an average of 0.02% of gross domestic product a year for the next decade to encourage the technical breakthroughs needed to make renewable electricity cheaper than coal by 2025.
Please see below the most compelling new megatrend headlines over the past month. This edition covers demographic, economic, societal, sustainability, technology and urban trends.
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Please see below selected recent intelligence about climate and sustainability. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers in our external environment.
- Achieving Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030 will be major challenge for all countries
- Annual report 2016: corporate impact - PwC
- Earth posts hottest August on record and 16th straight month of unsurpassed heat - The Washington Post
- Five reasons cities should take a leading role on food waste | Sustainable Cities
- Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun - The New York Times
- How To Succeed At Sustainability (And Why Greenwashing Doesn´t Work) | Content Loop
- In a world of 7 billion people how can we protect wildlife? | Environment | The Guardian
- It’s Time for Latin America to Adapt to Global Climate Change
- Leave no SDG behind - The Guardian
- Let's harness synthetic biology to fix our broken planet | New Scientist
- Recalculating the Climate Math | New Republic
- Switzerland is voting "for a sustainable and resource-efficient economy" : Futurology
- The Arctic just had the warmest winter on record. The repercussions will be global | World Economic Forum
- The Economist explains: What is Africa’s “Great Green Wall”? | The Economist
- The end of fossil fuels, Asia and Europe draw up a Global Energy Grid | Global Futurist Magazine by Matthew Griffin
- This animation shows how our planet is getting hotter every year | World Economic Forum
- Tomorrow's prized resources - The Economist
- Water Wars in Central Asia - Foreign Affairs
- 96 Cities That Are Quitting Fossil Fuels and Moving Toward 100% Renewable Energy - EcoWatch
- Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study | Environment | The Guardian
- Arup | Thoughts | Building with nature to create sustainable cities
- Chart: Countries Where over 80% of Electricity is Renewable | The Data Blog
- Corporate climate leadership (in a world trying to avoid 1.5°C) | Forum for the Future
- English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch - The New York Times
- India's forests are worth $1.7 trillion, more than the GDP of Russia or Brazil — Quartz
- Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this 'carbon accountant' says | Science | AAAS
- NASA: Last Month Was Earth's Hottest in Recorded History - ABC News
- Nice business models, but where’s the sustainability? | Forum for the Future
- Outdoor air pollution will cause up to 9 million premature deaths a year by 2060, says the OECD | World Economic Forum
- Renewables Jump 70% in Shift Away From Fossil Fuels | RealClearEnergy
- This is why we can't rely on trees to prevent global warming | World Economic Forum
Please see below the latest Halcyon Futures, summarising the most significant recent developments regarding the climate change, demographic change, economic change, technological change, urban change...and emerging change megatrends.
My position on the climate is to avoid releasing pollutants into the atmosphere, regardless of current expert opinion. Climate experts, like banking risk managers, have failed us in the past in foreseeing long-term damage. This is an extension of my general belief: "Do not disturb a complex system." We do not know the consequences of our actions (this idea also makes me anti-war), and I have explicitly stated the need to leave the planet the way we got it - Nassim Taleb