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A participant of the 'International CAR Symposium' looks at a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive in Bochum January 29, 2013. The 13th International CAR Symposium takes place in Bochum as an event where managers from the automotive industry meet to exchange expert information and professional views.Credit: REUTERS

11 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Levi Tillemann from US Department of Energy – Electric vehicles everywhere by 2025

Electric cars are being lauded. Twice in two years, the Chevy Volt has edged out the Porsche 911 for highest customer satisfaction in Consumer Reports magazine; in 2011 the all-electric Nissan LEAF was named European Car of the Year; and in November 2012 the Tesla Model S was unanimously awarded Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year”.

A wooden wind power plant tower is seen through a tree in Hanover December 20, 2012. The tower which holds the turbine is claimed to be the word's first made of wood by German manufacturer TimberTower.Credit: REUTERS

8 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ginni Rometty on the next natural resource

Over the past decade, information technology (IT) has had an ever-increasing impact on how energy resources are developed, produced, distributed and used. But what is coming next promises to outpace our progress thus far and truly change the basic equation of energy supply and demand.

A spruce forest attacked by engrave beetles (Scolytidae) is seen at the Czech Republic's Sumava National Park, June 4, 2011. World Environment Day dedicated to forest, celebrated on June 5, is to raise worldwide awareness for environmental protection and motivate action towards a cleaner and greener future, according to the United Nations Environment Programme website.   REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

7 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Steven Koonin at NYU finds pathway from energy innovation to energy transformation

There are compelling reasons to improve our energy system – to increase accessibility, affordability and reliability and to reduce environmental impacts. Yet the energy system has historically evolved much more slowly than other technology-dependent sectors.

Nigeria Project partners at the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding

5 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: SVP Jesper Høiland from Novo Nordisk sees a sustainable way to fight diabetes among “working poor”

By Jesper Høiland  |  5 March 2013 Jesper Høiland is Senior Vice President, International Operations, Novo Nordisk Over 1 billion people globally fall under the segment referred to as “the […]

Staff from the Nicolae Paulescu National Institute for Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases in Bucharest discuss along a corridor in Bucharest, November 13, 2012. November 14 is World Diabetes Day.Credit: REUTERS

23 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: VP Lise Kingo from Novo Nordisk on What it takes to be resilient

Type 2 diabetes is one of the unfortunate and unwanted consequences of social and economic transition, hitting hardest in low- and middle-income countries. Countries where healthcare systems do not have the capacity to deal with this change, threatening their resilience and increasing poverty for the individual, their families, communities and nations.

A portrait of global aerosols is seen in this undated NASA handout image produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution released November 14, 2012. In the image, dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions. High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth's climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers.Credit: Reuters

22 Jan 2013


By Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, Peter Bakker, President at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre. 22 January 2013.  This week, […]

Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, in the northeastern state of Sergipe January 12, 2013. Residents here tell of how they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. Brazil's Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastures and wiped some 30 percent off sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil's cane output. Picture taken January 12, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

21 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Water, the second biggest global risk?

By Peter Brabeck-Lethmate,  Chairman of the Board,  Nestle, and Anders Berntell, Executive Director, Chairperson 2030 Water Resources Group  21 January 2013.   At the launch of the World Economic Forum’s […]


14 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Dr. Ioannis Ioannou from the London Business School on Leading the path to a sustainable future

A healthier financial system in close collaboration with global companies that effectively integrate social and environmental issues into their strategy and business model might be the only means to propel us towards a sustainable future.

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy

This fall, Hurricane Sandy, which struck the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, raised an important question: How can we reduce our risk to natural disasters? Part of the answer, it turns out, is in nature itself.

A sister ship of the Ocean Sunset is pictured fishing off of Ucluelet, British Columbia June 25, 2012. The Ocean Sunset is a commercial fishing boat that hunts sharks as well as other fish for their meat and fins. After the fishermen catch them, dogfish sharks are sent to a processing plant, the fins are removed and the body is skinned. The bellies are exported to Germany to be smoked for pub food, and the fins are sent to Asia, where they are used in shark fin soup - a delicacy in Chinese culture. Animal rights advocates criticise the shark fin harvest but others say that eating shark fins is an old cultural tradition. Picture taken June 25, 2012. Search 'shark fin' for all images.Credit: REUTERS

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does sustainability mean when it comes to seafood?

By Josh Goldman | 20 December 2012 Over the past few years, “sustainability” has moved from buzzword to essential societal need. But what does it mean? One answer comes from […]

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