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World's top banks to penalise businesses that damage nature

43 leading financial institutions including World Bank plan to cut credit for companies which rely on them but fail to value them

Business
Saudi Arabia blocks climate change from UN poverty goals

Group of oil producing nations looks to keep clean energy targets out of new sustainable development poverty framework

Policy
Ban Ki Moon: green growth insurance against uncertain future

UN chief says national leaders have urgent responsibility to ‘craft policies’ that will protect future generations

Policy
EU President Barroso demands greater climate action in 2013

José Manuel Barroso says the EU is committed to a 2015 global climate deal and expects its‘partners’ to show more ambition next year

Policy
Youth turn to music as climate message falls on deaf ears

Youth Profile #21: The Global Youth Music Contest share their vision of enthusing young people about climate change and sustainability

Living
Why a new business era inspired by nature not greed can benefit us all

If you suspend your cynicism long enough, an emerging pattern in the corporate world suggests the dawn of the new, more organic corporation is upon us, and they care about climate change.

Business
Short film highlights anger and impotency felt by youth groups at Rio+20 summit

Major Group for Children and Youth releases documentary revealing disappointment at Rio+20 final text and determination to open a new dialogue with world leaders

Living
Rio 2016 Olympic organisers promise greenest Games yet

Rio Minister Adriana Rattes tells RTCC Olympics can spur investment in public transport and ‘green’ building across city

Living
Climate Live: Greening economy not CO2 targets should be focus of climate change talks, George Osborne announces six new UK gas deals and 1m mothers on Rio+20 outcome

The Million Moms Challenge gives the parental perspective on the “Future We Want” and the former UN climate change chief calls for a change of focus at negotiations he used to lead.

RTCC General News
Brazil, China and India become first countries to break Rio+20 pledges with HFC ban block

Countries block HFCs phase-out at Montreal Protocol meeting in direct contradiction to the Rio+20 outcome document signed last month.

Policy
KPMG: Business turned tables on politicians at Rio+20

Consultancy firm says summit’s political inaction highlights how private sector now leads governments on sustainable development, not the other way as at Rio ‘92

Business
Why is the green movement turning blue?

Climate change and sustainability campaigning as well as low-carbon products and services are increasingly opting for blue rather than green. Is the trend about branding or a shift in priorities for the environmental movement.

Business
US Chamber of Commerce, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & Kazakhstan accused of blocking attempts to put environmental reporting on Rio+20 agenda

Aviva Investors Chief Responsible Investment Officer says ‘short term thinking’ and protectionism stopped proposal that could have forced global business to be transparent about ecological and social impacts

Business
Ban Ki Moon: Rio+20 was a success and leaves a concrete and lasting legacy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has hit back at critics of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development by claiming it was an important victory for multilateralism

Policy
PODCAST: Are women the key to moving climate change debate forward?

An increased role for women in climate and sustainable development talks is vital a panel of world leaders tell RTCC.

Living
Was business the real winner at Rio+20?

Amid accusations that the private sector “hijacked” Rio+20 and left as the happiest party, was the conference on sustainability really the boon for business that some claim it to be?

Business
Good news: We have four environmental winners from Rio+20

What environmental frontiers emerged as the winners from the Rio+20 outcome document?

Nature
Rio+20: Five climate change ideas that didn't make the Earth Summit outcome

While proposals in the final text were weak, some important ones didn’t even make it into the document. RTCC looks at five ideas for climate change action that didn’t make the grade.

Policy
Jose Maria Figueres on Rio+20: We need negotiators who are connected to reality

Former President of Costa Rica says governments will only respond when they see action at home.

Policy
Rio+20: What next for civil society following Earth Summit ‘failure’?

As civil society groups across the globe denounce politicians for their lack of action, is it time for a new era where the individual and the collective take on the challenge?

Living