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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Latest IPCC Report Comes with Grim Warnings

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fourth and final report on climate change. Said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, “Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.”

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A Brief History of the Plastic Bag

California made headlines this fall when it became the first U.S. state to place a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. But how did we get here: from just a few grocery stores offering customers plastic bags in the late ‘70s to today, with Americans using 100 billion plastic bags each year?

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Numi Tea Brings Fair Trade to Madagascan Turmeric Farmers

One year ago today, there was a very limited supply of Fair Trade Certified turmeric on the market. Wanting to utilize the root in a new collection, the folks at Numi Tea found themselves faced with two options: develop a line of turmeric teas that were not certified Fair Trade, or help an existing turmeric farm become certified. As you can probably imagine, the second option won their hearts.

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Climate Change: Sell the Sizzle

In a workshop at Sustainable Brands, London, Futerra explained that consumers will not change their behavior unless they are inspired to do so.

Last year, Net Impact welcomed a lively debate between Exxon Vice President Ken Cohen and Sierra Club CEO Michael Brune.

Net Impact Celebrates 22 Years of Breaking Boundaries

Twenty-two years ago, a small group of MBAs and entrepreneurs had a great idea. In the midst of a world where business was often viewed as an evil force, they dared to think differently. In early November, MBA students and business leaders alike will have the opportunity to come together at the 2014 Net Impact Conference in Minneapolis to take on the messy, uncomfortable and controversial — yet inspiring and imperative — challenge of breaking boundaries once again.

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57 Tons of Garbage Removed From Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Last week, a team of 17 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration divers returned from a mission in which it removed 57 tons of debris from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The divers traveled on the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette for a 33-day missions to remove marine debris from Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.

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Can Higher Ed Solve the Climate Crisis?

At the opening ceremony of the AASHE conference, Dr. John Anderson announced the launch a new project to engage higher education in climate solutions.

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The Closed Loop Fund Helps Cities Increase Recycling

The biggest barrier facing most cities when it comes to providing the level of innovation and infrastructure needed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates often boils down to one factor: Money—or specifically, the absence of it.

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Antarctic Melting Prompts South Miami to Secede

The residents of South Miami, FL doesn’t plan to sit around and wait for the Antartic ice cap to melt – or for Forida’s capital to come up with a plan that will save their city from flooding. They’ve come up with a plan of their own, and so far, it’s generating plenty of attention.

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Climate Change: Ready for a New Era of Extreme Weather?

“Our preparedness deficit is the result of years of inaction and under-investment at the federal, state and local levels,” says Collin O’Mara, NWF president and CEO. “It’s time for our elected officials to reinvest in our natural defenses and this report offers a blueprint for bipartisan, market-based solutions.”