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    More companies than ever are purchasing renewable energy credits to neutralize their carbon dioxide emissions and meet growing social pressure to “go green." A new study, however, found that these claims are often exaggerated and risk undermining corporate mitigation targets established under the 2015 Paris climate accord. The study published Thursday in the journal Nature found a disconnect between the companies that are purchasing the renewable energy credits to shrink their carbon footprints and the ones that are actually powering their companies with 100% renewable energy. Under current Scope 2 emission reporting guidelines, the authors explain, companies can purchase credits to neutralize their carbon dioxide emissions, allowing them to then claim zero emissions for each unit of consumption covered by purchased credits, regardless of the actual emissions produced by the electric grid. But it also paints a false picture of progress in reducing carbon emissions, according to researchers, who examined disclosure data from 115 companies. When including credits, researchers found that companies dropped their carbon emissions by 31% between the years of 2015 and...
    (CNN)Top officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security warned in a letter Monday that faith-based communities will likely remain targets for violence, urging state and local partners to evaluate their security postures for mass gathering events and at houses of worship."Faith based communities have and will likely continue to be targets of violence by both domestic violent extremists and those inspired by foreign terrorists," said the letter from Paul Abbate, FBI deputy director, and John D. Cohen, the top intelligence official at DHS. Online forums linked to domestic violent extremists have referenced Jewish targets tied to conspiracy theories about Covid-19, the outcome of the 2020 election and "even the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and resettlement of Afghans to the United States," according to the letter obtained by CNN. The joint notice comes two days after the Colleyville, Texas, hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel, which the FBI is investigating as a terrorist incident. The investigation into Saturday's incident is still in its "initial phases," the officials said, adding that "while this appears to be...
    For the past two weeks, Republicans have been hammering away at one of the key new programs that would be created under President Joe Biden’s massive social welfare and green energy spending bill. The Build Back Better legislation would provide free, universal preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds and free or subsidized day care for many families with younger children. Republicans have branded the provisions as “the toddler takeover” and cited analyses that they would hike the cost of child care and shut out faith-based providers in favor of “woke” government day care. “This bill manages to be wildly inflationary and wildly unfair at the same time,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a floor speech. “It insults the diversity of American families and their aspirations. It simply hands money and power to the same woke bureaucrats who are letting far-left propaganda into K-12 schools and then sending the Department of Justice after parents who speak up.” The two parties are engaged in a messaging battle over the measure as Democrats struggle to...
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ/AP) —  Novavax, a vaccine manufacturer based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has started developing a new COVID-19 vaccine that targets the genetic sequence of the Omicron variant. The Omicron strain — first discovered in South Africa — has more than 50 mutations and has alarmed health officials worldwide. READ MORE: Small Business Owners Discuss Pandemic Recovery Challenges With Rep. Kweisi MfumeIt is not yet clear how effective the vaccines are against it. “What we’re seeing is a number of mutations to the spike protein so I think that’s why there is a widened level of concern,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa told WJZ on Monday. “We’re still going to have to decipher what does that mean exactly. We’re not sure yet if it makes this particular version more transmissible. That’s what scientists are really racing around the clock to find out.” The Novavax two-dose shot is made with lab-grown copies of the spike protein that coats the coronavirus. That’s very different than other widely used vaccines that deliver genetic instructions for the body to make its own...
    In this article PEPRamon Laguarta, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Inc., stands for a photograph before a closing bell ceremony at a Nasdaq Inc. remote location in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPepsiCo is hoping to release new plant-based snacks and drinks made through its joint venture with Beyond Meat by early 2022. "This is only the beginning of what I think is going to be a game-changing JV," Pepsi CEO Ramon Laguarta told CNBC's Sara Eisen. Pepsi and Beyond announced the joint venture, called The PLANeT Partnership, in January. The partnership gives Beyond, a relative newcomer to the food world, a chance to leverage Pepsi's production and marketing expertise for new products. For its part, Pepsi can deepen its investment in plant-based categories, which are growing increasingly crowded, while working with one of the top creators of meat substitutes. It also helps Pepsi work toward its sustainability and health goals for its portfolio. Earlier on Wednesday, Pepsi announced a new initiative called "Pep+" that is meant to change the company's operations, with...
    (MileHighTraveler/Getty) Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of Climate Desk. Corporate America has made a slew of pledges to reduce its emissions over the past few years. Today, 92 percent of the companies on the S&P 100, an index of leading U.S. stocks, have announced intentions to reduce at least some of their carbon emissions, according to the corporate sustainability advocacy nonprofit Ceres. But do these companies actually plan to change their business practices, and in some cases their entire business models, to meet the scale of the challenge? Or are these pledges just greenwashing? A telling way to assess how serious companies are about meeting their own goals is to look at whether they are lobbying in statehouses and in Washington for the policy changes that would make reducing emissions easier and cheaper. But a new report from Ceres published on Tuesday finds that over the past five years, only 40 percent of those...
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – JBS, the largest meat producer in the world, is investigating a cyberattack targeting servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems. The company became aware of the attack on Sunday and immediately suspended affected systems. (CBS) Authorities, IT professionals and third-party experts were called in to help investigate the cyberattack. JBS says its backup servers were not affected. The company is working with an Incident Response firm to restore systems “as soon as possible.” Officials have not said if this was a ransomware attack, where cybercriminals gain access to a company’s systems, encrypt data and then demand payments in exchange for a decryption tool. Increasingly, attackers have been known to employ a double extortion tactic where they threaten to leak data on the dark web if companies do not pay by a deadline. RELATED: National Rise In Ransomware Attacks Becoming ‘National Security Threat,’ Compromising Coloradans’ Personal Data “The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the...
    TipRanks 2 “Strong Buy” Penny Stocks That Could Deliver Massive Returns The long-term upward trend in the markets is marked; the S&P 500 is up 51% over the last 12 months, even taking into account some recent slips. For investors, this makes the present a propitious time to seek out low-cost market segments with high return potential. Or in other words, to take the old time advice and buy low to sell high. Jefferies equity strategist Steven DeSanctis, in a recent note on small-cap market themes, points out that this segment is attracting investor notice. “We are seeing interest in the size segment and hearing that institutional investors are really interested in adding assets to the size segment. This makes sense to us, as small caps as a percentage of total US equity market exposure is still running well below its 90- year history as investors clamored for large caps, large growth, and the FAANG names. We estimate over $38B has come into small caps over the last five months, the largest inflow since we started tracking the data back...
    MONTREAL, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WSP Global Inc. (TSX: WSP) (“WSP” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce ambitious climate action through a commitment to achieve net zero emissions across its value chain by 2040. To support the achievement of its net zero commitment, the Corporation has set science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets, which have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). “We are pleased to announce these commitments and join other organizations in leading the way on urgently tackling climate change,” stated Alexandre L’Heureux, WSP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Moreover, as the leading global environmental consulting firm, we are well positioned to advise our clients on their own transition to a low-carbon economy. Our Future Ready® approach is at the centre of this support for our clients in a rapidly changing world.” Through this net zero commitment WSP will also join the Race to Zero, which brings together a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, with an objective to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, the...
                        Outgoing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — now the new U.S. Health and Human Services secretary — this week filed a lawsuit against the Brentwood-based Brookdale Senior Living, which Becerra described as “the nation’s largest senior living operator.” This, according to a press release that Becerra and his staff published on his website. Becerra said the lawsuit concerns Brookdale’s 10 California skilled nursing facilities and alleges that Brookdale ignored laws that protect patients’ safety when they are discharged from a facility. “The lawsuit also alleges that Brookdale gave false information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), information which CMS uses to award ‘star ratings’ to skilled nursing facilities so that consumers can choose a quality facility. By lying to CMS, Brookdale fraudulently increased its star rating in several categories to attract prospective patients and their families,” the press release said. Brookdale spokesman Andrew Young told The Tennessee Star Thursday that he and other company officials “are aware of this lawsuit filed Monday by the State of...
    China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft said that a "highly skilled and sophisticated" state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers. Microsoft said it has released security upgrades to fix the vulnerabilities to its Exchange Server software, which is used for work email and calendar services, mostly for larger organizations that have their own in-person email servers. It doesn't affect personal email accounts or Microsoft's cloud-based services. The company said the hacking group it calls Hafnium was able to trick Exchange servers into allowing it to gain access. The hackers then masqueraded as someone who should have access and created a way to control the server remotely so that they could steal data from an organization's network. Microsoft said the group is based in China but operates from leased virtual private servers in the U.S., helping it avoid detection. U.S. charges Chinese hackers with targeting...
    A group of hackers based in China have exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s email server software to attack US organizations, the company reported Tuesday. Microsoft said a “highly skilled and sophisticated” group of hackers, which is sponsored by a government and operates out of China, has been trying to steal information from various US targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and investigators from infectious diseases. The company said it has released security updates to fix vulnerabilities in its Exchange Server software, which is used for email and business calendar services, especially for large organizations that have their own email servers. It does not affect personal email accounts or Microsoft cloud-based services. Microsoft noted that the hacking group, which it identified as Hafnium, was able to trick the Exchange servers into accessing them. The hackers later posed as someone who should have access and created a way to remotely control the server so they could steal information from an organization’s network. He added that the group is based in China, but operates from virtual private servers...
    By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. Microsoft said that a “highly skilled and sophisticated” state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers. Microsoft said it has released security upgrades to fix the vulnerabilities to its Exchange Server software, which is used for work email and calendar services, mostly for larger organizations that have their own in-person email servers. It doesn't affect personal email accounts or Microsoft's cloud-based services. The company said the hacking group it calls Hafnium was able to trick Exchange servers into allowing it to gain access. The hackers then masqueraded as someone who should have access and created a way to control the server remotely so that they could steal data from an organization's network. Microsoft said the group is based in China but operates from leased virtual private servers in the U.S., which helps it avoid detection. The...
    Business plans include sustainability within innovation strategy, science-based emissions reduction targets and human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption goals Wilmington, Del., Feb. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ashland is joining the global movement of leading companies and aligning operations with the ambitious aim of the Paris Climate Accord to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Ashland has also committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the company’s business strategy, culture and day-to-day operations, and will engage in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. “Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Guillermo Novo, chairman and chief operating officer, Ashland. “We support public accountability and transparency, and we commit to reporting our progress. These initiatives reinforce Ashland’s core values and strengthen our environment, social and governance (ESG) agenda. They provide a platform for sustainable innovations that will foster top-line growth in the transition to the low-carbon economy.” 1.5°C Science Based Emissions Reduction Targets More than 1,000 businesses...
    Paris, Amsterdam, December 11, 2020 Press release Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s ambitious carbon reduction targets recognized by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) is pleased to announce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets of its “Better Places 2030” CSR strategy have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement: URW’s targets covering emissions from the Group’s operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to maintain global warming under 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. URW’s emissions target pertaining to its value chain (scope 3) meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, corresponding to the current best practices. The SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practices in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets. As part of “Better Places 2030”, URW has taken a...
    Vaccines offer hope for end to pandemic, but brutal months lie ahead Pacific Islands Forum to hold virtual climate summit Pfizer Scaled Back Vaccine Output Targets Earlier This Year (Bloomberg) -- Pfizer Inc. scaled back its Covid-19 production targets earlier this year after the drugmaker ran into difficulties securing all the materials it needs to produce the shots at a large scale. © Bloomberg A haulage truck passes at the Pfizer Inc. facility in Puurs, Belgium, on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The quick approval of Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine in the U.K. isn’t likely to accelerate the availability of the shot in Asia, as countries work to complete local safety tests and negotiate deals. In news releases through September, Pfizer had said that it aimed to manufacture up to 100 million vaccine doses this year. But in several releases in November, the company cut that to an estimate of up to 50 million doses. Pfizer is developing its vaccine with Germany-based BioNTech SE. Load Error A Pfizer spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday that multiple factors slowed the...
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