Exxon’s Climate Accounting a ‘Sham’ Under Rex Tillerson, New York’s AG Says

Read the full story at Inside Climate.

Eric Schneiderman says he has evidence that Exxon used one set of numbers in describing risks to investors but used a secret set internally.

The Endangered Species Act is often too little too late, but it’s all we’ve got

Read the full story from Grist.

Why isn’t the ESA more effective? The reasons are myriad, but they boil down to the problem that by the time most species are listed, they’re too far gone for the act to be able to do much to revive them, both from a cost and feasibility perspective. And it doesn’t help that there’s more demand than ever before.

EPA says Trump budget would ensure resources needed for TSCA

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Despite the Trump administration’s proposal to massively cut the US EPA’s funding, the agency says the draft federal budget ensures it has the resources to address the safety of new and existing chemicals through implementation of the new TSCA.

This sentiment was expressed in the EPA’s “Budget in Brief” – a document that explains how the agency would make use of the funds allocated to it by the administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.

Viewing this together with documents leaked by the nonprofit National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) – which include more details on the programme-level cuts posited by the Trump administration – sheds more light on the changes that could come in the EPA’s work on chemicals.

EPA Gives to Toxics With One Hand What It Takes From Climate

Read the full story from Chemical Regulation Reporter.

Climate change’s loss at the EPA has been a boon to its chemicals work, which has been the recipient of funds previously earmarked for greenhouse gases.

Rethinking the water cycle through corporate collaboration

“Business as usual will lead to a 40 percent gap in supply demand of water by 2030,” said Emilio Tenuta, vice president of corporate sustainability at Ecolab. However, despite water conservation projects, since 2011, corporate water use has declined only by 10 percent.

According to Tenuta, if the world is to address the pressing issue of water quality scarcity, “we’re going to have to create partnerships that accelerate change and reinvent the way we work.”

Success and resilience in a water quality constrained world will require ingenuity and collaboration to go beyond conservation to reuse, recycling and stewardship. One of these partnerships includes Ecolab, a global services provider; software solutions provider Microsoft; and Trucost, a natural capital accounting expert.

Together, they are aiming to be part of the solution by improving water risk analysis in the next-generation Water Risk Monetizer tool, which they launched in March. Collaboration helps leverage perspective and expertise to be part of the solution, said Tenuta: “Water conservation alone is delaying the inevitable.”

Putting Green Infrastructure on Private Property in New York City

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This paper proceeds in four sections. The first provides an overview of the problems confronting New York City as a result of existing stormwater management infrastructure and regulation, and also summarizes the City’s current green infrastructure (GI) goals. The second section summarizes the benefits and costs that are expected to accompany GI in the New York City context. The third describes the City’s goals for creating GI on public and private property, as well as the timeframes currently envisioned for the task. It also notes the particular importance — and difficulty — of scaling up GI installations on private property. Finally, the fourth section examines the knotty administrative and legal issues involved in using public money to increase the volume of GI on private property.

Does Silicon Valley Still Care About Climate Change?

Read the full story in the Harvard Business Review.

Earlier this month, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins began the process of separating its cleantech investing from the rest of its fund. It marks the end of an era. Ten years after Kleiner star John Doerr was moved to tears during his TED talk about climate change, there’s no longer any question that VCs’ interest in clean energy is waning.