At Rio, Corporations Pledge While Nations Demur on Climate Action. But Is It Enough?
Delegates gathered this week in Rio de Janeiro at the 20th anniversary of the historic Earth Summit affirmed that climate change “requires urgent and ambitious action,” in an agreement that commits them to no new steps toward meeting that goal. But while nations are as far as ever from putting a global price on carbon emissions, software giant Microsoft is doing just that, and pledging to make its operations carbon neutral in the next year.
Microsoft is one of more than 200 corporations and organizations that have made commitments on energy, the environment, or climate change as part of the Rio+20 conference, in support of the goals that have been articulated these past 20 years by the United Nations—goals