Achieving a 36 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 would provide half of the emissions reductions needed to keep temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Author: Gina-Marie Cheeseman
If environmental sustainability is important in business, then it should be important in business school programs, including graduate programs. Net Impact evaluated almost 100 programs and ranked them on their integration of social and environmental themes. Called the Business as Unusual (BAU) guide, it ranked 50 schools for environmental sustainability. Here is a brief overview of the schools that made the top 10 list.
The term has come under scrutiny due to a widespread consumer belief that it indicates a healthier product free of artificial ingredients, pesticides, and GMOs.
Constellation, subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and Los Angeles Sanitation, recently announced they broke ground on a 25-megawatt (MW) biogas fueled cogeneration plant. It will provide 100 percent of the steam and electricity needed to power LA Sanitation’s Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant.
Taco Bell announced this week that 100 percent of its 6,000 U.S. restaurants will serve only cage-free eggs by December 2016. That would make the company the first fast food chain to makes its eggs completely cage-free, and it will transition to cage-free in just a 12 month time frame. Its eggs will be verified as “American Humane Certified” by the American Humane Association.
Forty percent of food goes uneaten in the U.S., a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report found. While some of it is thrown away by consumers, some of it is also thrown out by retailers. In-store food losses totaled about 43 billion pounds in 2008, equal to 10 percent of the nation’s total food supply at the retail level.
The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Aceh province is 6.5 million acres of tropical lowland rainforests, mountains and peatlands. It’s also a place where palm oil is sourced, and the palm oil industry is having devastating effects.
The world is almost halfway to the 2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise experts claim is the tipping point for averting climate change. But sea-level rise could impact over 600 million people, even if we stay below 2 degrees, according to a new report.
That little can of tuna many people love to eat is packed with more than just protein. It likely is linked to human rights abuses. Take Thai Union, the largest canned tuna producer on the planet, which supplies brands and retailers around the world. Despite media attention, the company has failed to do anything about human rights abuses in its tuna supply chain, according to a recent Greenpeace report.
Something must be done to keep global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: the threshold experts cite as the don’t-go-beyond mark to continue life as we know it. Country commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are crucial, but the private sector also has a role to play.
Food companies are feeling the pinch from worsening droughts in the U.S. Southwest, Australia and beyond. Firms like Cargill and Unilever reported drought-related losses over the past fiscal year. Yes, water risk is a pressing issue — and investors are demanding to know more about how food companies plan to tackle it. Now, six brands are stepping up to the plate.
A fire has been slowly burning underneath a landfill in the St. Louis, Missouri, area for five years. The Bridgeton Landfill, part of the West Lake Landfill, is less than a quarter of a mile away from 8,700 tons of radioactive barium sulfate, which was illegally dumped in the ’70s. Last weekend, an above-ground fire occurred at the landfill, highlighting the landfill’s mounting problems.