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Everything You Need to Know About Agricultural Emissions

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched a new guidance this week to help agricultural companies measure and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from crop and livestock production.

But what exactly are agricultural emissions, and why is it important to manage them? Drawing on the latest research and data, here is everything you need to know about agriculture’s climate footprint.

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The History of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from human activities are now higher than at any point in our history. In fact, recent data reveals that global CO₂ emissions were 150 times higher in 2011 than they were in 1850.

How did we arrive at such an unprecedented—and precarious—state? Read on for a visual history of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

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Following the Green Climate Fund board meeting in Songdo, South Korea, country delegates agreed on procedures to operationalize the fund. Established in 2011, the Green Climate Fund now has clear guidelines for how to channel funds to help developing countries advance low-carbon strategies and implement measures to enhance climate resilience.

The following is a statement by Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:

Three Reasons Investors Are Beginning to Take Sustainability Seriously

Rapidly declining natural systems are bad news for business. There is a two-way street between the economy and the environment: Businesses damage the environment, and the damaged environment then creates risks to the bottom lines of businesses.

Three reasons explain why investors should include sustainability considerations in their decisions, and why doing so is compatible with fiduciary responsibility.

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Putting Vulnerability Assessments at the Center of Climate Adaptation Decision-Making

To make informed choices on something as complex as climate change policy, it’s important to incorporate scientific evidence into the decision-making process. Yet oftentimes scientific assessments do not reach decision-makers, making it difficult to develop evidenced-based policies that lead to effective action.

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3 Tales of Hope for a Low-Carbon Future

Andrew Steer's recent travels resonated a common narrative: our current, high-carbon path is not only bad for our planet—it’s bad economics, too. He also witnessed how, at three levels—political, analytical, and practical—global momentum is building for a low-carbon future.

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Florida Already Feeling Effects of Climate Change

In an article originally published in Tampa Bay Times, Lee Thomas discusses the effects of climate change in Florida, and the need for state-level action.

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