COP21: This Time, It’s Different

By Tim Fleming

 “This time it’s different.”

That’s a theme I am hearing quite a lot here in Paris in the midst of the COP 21 climate change conference. There is a sense that, despite this being yet another international meeting to discuss how we can tackle the common challenge of global climate change, this time it will be different. This time we will make meaningful progress. We’ve heard that before. So why is “this time” different?

Bowling Green Action Team Joins Global Effort


The Greenwood High School Action Team from Bowling Green, Kentucky, is demonstrating that students’ local efforts can have a global impact.

This past weekend, the Greenwood High Action Team Captains participated in their community’s Walk4Water fundraiser at Bowling Green’s Prestno Miller Park by assisting in the event’s set-up and clean-up and disbursing water to the walkers.

Walk4Water is an international program that helps raise funds for developing countries that lack access to sanitary drinking water.

Malala Yousafzai Opens School for Syrian Refugees


On Sunday, July 12, her 18th birthday and the third annual Malala Day, Nobel Peace Prize winner and girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai--star of the upcoming Fox Searchlight documentary film He Named Me Malala--opened a new school for the young women of Syria who have been forced to leave their homes due to ongoing armed conflict. The school, based near the Syrian border in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, will welcome up to 200 girls ages 14 to 18.

Credit Rating Agencies are Miscalculating Risks of Climate Change, Report Finds

A new report argues that credit agencies’ failure to properly account for climate risks could lead to the next global financial crisis

Originally posted on The Guardian.

Credit rating agencies still have a long way to go in incorporating climate change risks into their analyses, said Lenora Suki, head of sustainable finance product strategy at Bloomberg. “In general, they have yet to thoroughly and transparently integrate these emerging issues and concerns into traditional credit models,” she said.

Bloomberg Supports Teams at FIRST® ROBOTICS Competition


Bloomberg continues our commitment to inspiring the next generation as lead sponsor of the 2015 NYC Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition. The Javits Center roared with 66 international teams and their families including 13 talented Bloomberg-sponsored robotics teams and their mentors. Five Bloomberg teams made it through to the final round with one, the Griffins 1884 from London, coming out on top.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Host of FOX's 'Cosmos,' Will Receive Top Honor from National Academy of Sciences


The National Academy of Sciences has announced that Neil deGrasse Tyson, host and executive producer of the hit FOX series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will receive the 2015 Public Welfare Medal, the Academy's most prestigious honor. The Public Welfare Medal signifies Tyson's "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science."

International Holiday Party Captures Spirit of the Season


The generosity and volunteer spirit of UTRC employees ensured yet another successful international Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec. 11, with employees contributing 113 new unwrapped toys, hundreds of dollars' worth of canned and other non-perishable food items, and more than $2,650 in cash that will support families in need throughout the East Hartford community during the 2014 holiday season.


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