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5 Reasons Why the U.K.’s New Mandatory Carbon Reporting Can Be a Game Changer

The UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced in Rio that as of April 2013 all companies listed on the main London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be required to report their greenhouse gas emissions. The directive will apply to about 1,600 listed companies and might be extended to all large companies in the U.K. after it will be reviewed in 2015. First of its kind, the new reporting requirement is representing everything we hoped to see in Rio – straightforward policy with a clear timetable and vision that levels the playing field for companies. Together with the decision to make shareholders votes on executive-pay structures binding, it puts the U.K. in the forefront of sustainability regulation. Moreover, it has the potential to become a real game changer. Here are five reasons why:

Figure 2.1 Good Companies Benefit From Responsibility

What is a Good Company?

Today, Clif Bar is among the leading makers of organic energy and nutrition foods. Erickson and his wife, Kit built their company using a business model that integrates its socially responsible values into every area of the business. They’ve achieved a remarkable 10-year compounded annual growth rate of 23 percent. The company gained national acclaim for its commitment to the environment and its support for important causes such as the fight against breast cancer. It is also renowned for its treatment of employees.

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Study Finds that Obesity Leads to Resource Constraints

Obesity already is a public health concern and the recent study published in BMC Public Health, concludes that “Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.” The research team of the study used body mass indexes and overall population to calculate the … Continued

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How Starbucks and Staples Could Bring Keystone to Its Knees

Starbucks and Staples have joined the agribusiness giant J.R. Simplot to give a boost to the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge, and in a way that could spell trouble for the notorious Keystone XL Pipeline. The Better Buildings Challenge is designed to shine a spotlight on corporate leaders in energy efficiency and resource conservation, both … Continued

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Bay2Rio+20 Connects Bay Area (and the World) with Rio+20 Attendees

By Gregory Delaune This post is part of the on-going events news, related to the Bay2Rio+20 delegation team’s on-the-ground coverage from Rio+20. It addresses the on-line international charrette/workshop, which will take place at the San Francisco Bay Area Hub and at Hub Culture in Rio de Janeiro on June 23rd.  To follow along, click here. … Continued

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Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange Opens for Global Trading

I know, this almost sounds like a punch line to a bad joke, or perhaps an oxymoron. Many people tend to think of Texans as backward-looking, conservative, entrenched in the status quo and not at all interested in talking about climate change, except maybe to argue that it doesn’t exist. But there are two things that Texans understand, perhaps better than most of us and those are: energy and money. And, to a certain extent, in Texas, these issues seem to rise above ideological boundaries.

Green Jobs and Rio+20: The Dirty Work of Transitioning to a Green Economy

We came into the negotiations thinking that countries might agree to implement national strategies for green job creation, especially for young people. But all we have is ‘encouragement’ of the private sector to contribute to job creation, and ‘Encouraging’ is not, well, that encouraging.

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Hershey Pledges to Improve Cocoa Farming Conditions in Mexico

North America’s largest producer of chocolate, The Hershey Company, certainly made some waves in the past regarding its lag behind competitors in sustainable cocoa farming and fair labor laws, but recently, the company has committed itself to being a role model in corporate social responsibility, specifically sustainable farming. In partnership with cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas … Continued