This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.

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Nature’s Cranky Banker Has Foreclosure on Her Mind

If nature is like a bank, then we are borrowing without understanding the terms or planning a repayment schedule. In many ways, the impacts associated with our global sustainability challenge might be explained as penalties for default, or even foreclosure. Is Nature too big to fail?

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Ohio Wind Farm Proves the Case for Smart Renewable Energy Policy

Ohio, it’s fair to say, isn’t known as a leader in the transition to renewable energy. Yet, in northwest Ohio’s Van Wert County sits Blue Creek Wind Farm, a 300-megawatt set of turbines that repudiates such resistance. In fact, the wind farm is a textbook case for why renewable energy deserves a public-policy tailwind, argues IEEFA Executive Director Sandy Buchanan.

Climate change increases risks and vulnerabilities related to natural hazards such as drought, floods and storms. Increasingly, these disasters do not represent an acute, unpredictable “emergency,” so much as chronic human vulnerability to predictable, recurring risks. Traditional humanitarian response needs adapt accordingly.

Humanitarian Organizations Struggle to Keep Pace with Climate Change

The global humanitarian community is feeling the strain from increasing numbers of disasters. Climate change is a big contributor to the trend, as it increases risks and vulnerabilities from natural hazards such as drought, floods and storms and impacts peoples’ livelihoods, health and food systems. Leaders in the humanitarian community recognize that a shift must be made toward an approach that addresses the risks, shocks and stresses to which people are vulnerable, rather than only fixing problems after they occur. There are numerous good-practice examples that can be scaled-up to form the basis for systemwide change.

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Sustainability’s Missing Stakeholders: Nature and the Future

The definition of stakeholders in materiality is broadening beyond people. Let’s ask Nature or the Future whether our current sustainability challenges constitute a crisis, since both have a stake in the outcomes. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, has precedent and could be a way to engage in more effective sustainability.

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Method Opens LEED Platinum Factory in Chicago

One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.

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Californians Are the Most Eco-Minded Americans, Study Finds

Californians are responding to their state’s environmental record, as the results of DDB’s Life Style Study show. The study compared California adults to Americans from other states and found that Californians are much more likely to engage in behaviors indicating they care about the environment.

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California Governor Sets Ambitious Climate Goals

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown set a new greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent by 2030, using 1990 as a baseline. It isn’t just the most ambitious state-imposed emissions goal in the U.S. but within North America.

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Channeling the Beverly Hillbillies in Cupertino

The Urban Homesteader is a project that teaches essential homesteading skills in bite-sized, accessible, entertaining chunks of content. Rather than presume people have Pinterest-ready backyards, or any at all, the video series teaches the hosts how to build their own solar panels, catch rain on an apartment building and, yes, raise chickens, among other things.

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LEDs and the Sustainable Future of Emergency Response

In the emergency sector, where every second counts, the safety of lives and properties might solely hinge on the arrival time of first responders. But what about the lights that guide them?

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Earth, Inc. in Turnaround

The case for Earth, Inc.’s insolvency is clear: Earth regenerates its reserves of natural capital – cash inflow – slower than humanity draws against it, the cash outflow. A company with negative cash flow cannot cover its bills. Is our home planet a candidate for a corporate turnaround?

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How the Internet of Things is Changing Residential Energy

The Internet of Things (IoT) has significantly changed the way people approach daily tasks. While this shift is already beginning to make our lives easier, what’s more exciting is its potential to significantly change the way we consume energy. Here are three predictions on how IoT will continue to change the energy space by 2025, from the CEO and founder of Smappee, a global energy management solution.

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3 Sustainable Alternatives to Polystyrene

As things stand today, a much wider ban on polystyrene foam containers seems imminent – and welcome. As we phase out a once ubiquitous product, it’s time we started considering sustainable substitutes.

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Photos: These 4 Maps Give a Unique Look Into Global Challenges

In centuries past, two-dimensional, hand-drawn maps were indispensable to global exploration and travel. Today our technologically-produced maps are our visual keys to understanding the world’s greatest societal challenges: The world’s growing water risk, the geography of modern-day slavery and the visual impact of poverty all are a bit easier to visualize.