Harvard University is feeling the pressure these days. More than 1,200 students and faculty have backed a suit by a coalition of students to force Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels. The judge’s response to the case, which was heard last Friday suggested this isn’t an open-and-shut issue, either. Climate change and fossil fuel investments are now a real topic for discussion in university boardrooms, just as much as they are in the classrooms they represent.
Author: Jan Lee
Six months after billions of gallons of tailings waste barreled into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada, local Aboriginal communities are taking the law into their own hands. They are enforcing the first-ever comprehensive mining policies for Native Peoples. The British Columbia government hasn’t commented on the regulations yet, but one thing is for sure: the voices are being heard loud and clear.
The derailments of two cargo trains earlier this week are spurring debate about whether crude oil shipments have a place on the rails that pass through America’s small towns.
With progressives solidly in charge of Richmond, California’s mayoral office, environmentalists are calling for changes at Chevron Corp., the owner of the city’s massive refinery. They want political contributions stopped, the CEO fired and better environmental practices. To this end, they’ve joined forces with Chevron shareholders to propose sweeping changes at the next annual shareholders meeting. Will the company cave? Who knows, but their demands are certainly being heard, and couldn’t come at a more sensitive time for the oil industry.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s third-annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a compendium of accomplishments that points to the fact that the renewable energy sector is finally making strides. At 144 pages in length, it’s more than quadrupled the size and scope of last year’s Factbook.
Two years ago, it wasn’t your common cure. But today, the nonprofit OpenBiome’s services are in great demand by doctors and hospitals. And its treatments, which have been known to cure one of the most common ailments of today relies on an even more common substance: poop.
The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in the Sunshine State. These dangers may only get worse, with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing setting up business in the state’s sensitive south region.
Disney reportedly won’t play ball with the Obama administration, which has asked for the company to use its blockbuster “Frozen” to educate kids about climate change. But is it the kids, or is it the adults, that need to learn about this threat? And who would be better to pitch this than the very age group that Disney listens to the most?
The state is appealing a District Court ruling that could limit its ability to control the way power is supplied by Minnesota utility companies. Both the renewable energy sector and coal companies in North Dakota have a lot riding on the outcome.
Fourteen outdoor industry companies, including REI and Patagonia, joined together to pledge more leadership roles for women. REI backed up its pledge with a $1.5 million grant to the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, which promotes women participation and leadership in outdoor industries.
It’s a big thing when a restaurant wins out against 900 other eateries – but it’s virtually unheard of when the city’s prison can make that claim. Cardiff Prison, in Wales, ranked top recently as the city’s best diner.
Corporate Knights releases its 100 top picks for the world’s most sustainable large companies at the 2015 World Economic Forum.
Healthcare is expensive, not only for patients but apparently for nonprofit hospitals, some of which in past years have taken to suing their poorest patients when they can’t pay their bills. But that’s not the way it is supposed to go, says one senator, who is now demanding answers.
They’re pretty, and they often smell great. But for an increasing number of consumers, herbal soaps and body care products cause allergic reactions. The EU is considering requiring allergy warning labels on products that contain herbal sources, such as camomile, lavender or rose derivatives.
The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations’ sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 — literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC’s total membership.