What the G7 and COP26 summits can teach us about putting on sustainable events

Arup acted as sustainability manager for the G7 Summit in Cornwall in 2021, and the firm’s sustainability and climate specialist Natasha Connolly argues holding a sustainable COP26 can be a catalyst for wider change The UK has played host for two of the world’s largest geopolitical meetings of the year. In June, world leaders gathered […]

AXA pledges to invest £1.3bn in forest protection

The insurance company has set out a plan to protect forests as part of its commitment to preserving biodiversity Insurance and investment giant AXA last week announced a £1.3bn investment in sustainable forest management projects, as part of its ongoing commitment to preserve biodiversity and protect forest ecosystems. The company, which already has 60,000 hectares […]

eBay slashes emissions goals with new SBTi approved climate targets

After joining the Science Based Targets initiative earlier in the year, eBay has set ambitious emissions reductions targets for a 2030 deadline The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved eBay’s emissions reductions targets covering its own operations and full value chain, the leading e-commerce business announced late last week. eBay confirmed it has set […]

BAT fires up net zero strategy with new 2050 goal

Tobacco giant pledges to bring its existing sustainability commitments in line with climate science, as it signs up to the Race to Zero campaign British American Tobacco (BAT) has committed to delivering net zero emissions by 2050 across its value chain and will bring its existing sustainability targets in line with limiting global warming to […]

Congress faces key deadlines that could determine Democrats' fate in 2022 midterms

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members’ campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week. Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden’s agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections. The […]

Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?

As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 2000s, I once received a call from a couple of Republican campaign operatives who said they had something to show me. We met at their office in Washington, D.C., a few days later. They presented printouts of recent election records and pointed to a few […]

Christiana Figueres reflects on the emotionally charged climate debate that riveted TED

In 2019, the organizers of the TED conference series announced their intent to make the group a global convener for the many disparate factions working to contain climate change. The role, as the most recent TED conference demonstrated, involves staging difficult encounters. For 55 minutes, a discussion—no, a confrontation—between the CEO of a big oil […]