Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WIMS Environmental HotSheet 1/21/14

<> Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America - In last year's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama told Congress that if it didn't act on global climate change, he would. Now, with the next State of the Union message coming up next week, a diverse and influential group of leaders from beyond the Beltway has presented Obama with more than 200 ideas on how he can continue acting on that promise. The report, titled Powering Forward. . .

<> Regulatory-uncertainty-stymies-corporate-investment - Regulatory uncertainty stymies corporate investment in supply chain sustainability: New report from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture. The CDP Global Supply Chain Report 2014, 'Collaborative Action on Climate Risk', contains a wealth of information on how leading companies are managing the significant risk that climate change poses to the globalised supply chain model. 

<> Minnesota Takes Steps to Protect Bees, Beekeepers Demand Stronger Action - (Beyond Pesticides, January 21, 2013) Two Minnesota state agencies are creating plans they say will address declining pollinator populations in the state. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is developing best management practices for managing and increasing pollinator habitat and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is developing a plan to study the. . .

<> The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate - Energy independence, climate change and national security are interrelated global challenges. U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy constitutes a serious threat—militarily, socially and economically. Download the latest report.

<> Federal Government's Advice on Seafood Consumption Inconsistent and Dangerous - "The federal government's advice on seafood consumption fails to give people what they desperately need – precise, detailed information about foods that provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acids with minimal mercury contamination."

<> FCS and CDP Debut New Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index- The debut publication of the Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI), a new evaluation and benchmarking tool for Carbon Disclosure Project supply chain members and suppliers.

<> Meeting of the SAB Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel Meeting – 1/30/14 to allow panel members to learn about the public comments received by the agency on the EPA's Draft Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (May 1, 2013) and to develop responses to the charge questions. 

<> Celebrating 16 years working together for water and wetlands: the Danone Group, Evian and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - The Ramsar Convention was the first international convention to promote the engagement of the business sector directly in the conservation and wise use of wetlands. 

<> Horn of Contention – Reviewing the Deadly Cost of Rhino Horn -

Publication Date:  Fri, 01/17/2014 Image:  The only certainty of the impact of legalizing trade in rhino horn in an attempt to save rhinos from poachers, is uncertainty, a review of economic reports on the legal and illegal markets in horn has found. Commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in late 2013, the report Horn of Contention. . .

<> Jukka Uosukainen Appointed Director of New Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)- CTCN, the operational arm of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion, and other impacts of climate change in developing nations