While governments dither, companies step up with environmental targets

Businesses and cities are taking up the slack left by government policy, aligning environmental goals with climate science

Each year, Investa Office Management releases its corporate sustainability report. In 2016, it announced that electricity use was down by 43% since 2004, gas use had fallen 38% over the same time, and water use had also being curtailed.

This sounds impressive but how meaningful are those proclamations? And what difference do they make in the wider context? Now an international movement is urging businesses to take an evidence-based approach to their green strategies, by setting emissions reduction goals in line with climate science. The goal is to encourage the business sector to close the emissions gap left by shortfalls in country-level commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

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US election was a farce that exposes ‘hypocritical’ democracy, says China

Beijing’s annual chronicling of alleged human rights abuses in the US focuses on political system and treatment of minorities

The US election was “full of lies” and a farce that exposed the “hypocritical nature” of its democracy, one-party China has claimed in its annual inquiry into the human rights record of its geopolitical rival.

Each year the state council information office, the propaganda wing of China’s cabinet, publishes a summary of alleged US human rights abuses as a means of hitting back against Washington’s criticism of Beijing’s own record.

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Rex Tillerson won’t work on Keystone pipeline issues due to ExxonMobil links

Greenpeace argued that ExxonMobil, where secretary of state was CEO, would ‘directly and predictably’ benefit from approval of multibillion-dollar pipeline

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has recused himself from issues related to TransCanada Corp’s application for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the state department said in a letter on Thursday to the environmental group Greenpeace.

“He has not worked on that matter at the Department of State, and will play no role in the deliberations or ultimate resolution of TransCanada’s application,” said the letter from Katherine McManus, the state department’s deputy legal adviser.

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Bill Clinton warns US and Britain face an ‘identity crisis’ amid nationalist surge

Clinton’s first appearance since the election was at the launch of Yitzhak Rabin biography, where he drew parallels to Israel turmoil that led to his assassination

Bill Clinton, the former US president, has warned that America, Britain and other parts of the world are embroiled in an “identity crisis” as nationalist movements carve divisions within borders.

Clinton was making his first major public appearance on Thursday since his wife Hillary’s shock election defeat by Donald Trump, which robbed him of a widely trailed return to the White House.

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