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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Sustainability Ratings: Coming to an Investment Near You

Until recently, research on corporate sustainability for investing was largely available only to financial institutions and venture capital firms. But an announcement by Morningstar threatens to open the door to a wave of impact investing over the next several years.

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Tax Credit Extension Makes Commercial Solar More Profitable

Now that Congress has extended the solar investment tax credit (ITC) for five more years, new and profitable opportunities to deploy solar energy have opened up for companies and real estate owners. Do you have a five-year plan?

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The Paris Agreement: What It Means for Business

Heads of state from more than 195 nations are invited to formally sign the Paris Agreement on Friday in New York City. The We Mean Business coalition held a global press call in advance of the proceedings, where more than 150 nations are expected to sign.

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Unilever Pushes ‘Rethink Recycling’ Campaign to the Bathroom

Apparently many of us are still too lazy to carry those empty bottles from the bathroom to the kitchen recycling bin. So, Unilever is inviting customers to share their washroom recycling habits — and share ideas what to make out of all that plastic.

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OPEC Talks in Doha Fail to Freeze Oil Production

Oil ministers from OPEC countries met in Doha, Qatar, to see if they could all find a way to freeze production in order to bring price stability. But those talks ended in acrimony and with no agreement on prices.

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What Peabody’s Bankruptcy Reveals About the Coal Industry

By now you’ve likely heard about Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy filing. It’s been called “a harbinger of the end of the fossil fuel era” and the “most powerful convulsion yet in an industry that’s still waiting for the coal market to bottom out.” But should we really care about the filing, or is this albatross overblown?

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USAID: Renewables Are a Way to End Poverty in India

USAID is trying a different foreign aid approach worldwide, including in India. Last week the agency awarded $5 million in grants through its Development Innovation Ventures Program. Two of these awardees are piggybacking on other efforts to expand energy access in India by investing in clean-energy technology startups.

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World Air Quality Index Brings Data to Life

The World Air Quality Index is helping us visualize air pollution across the globe. With its real-time air quality information, we can practically see our cities breathe — and this is just one of many projects bringing data to life.

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China, U.S. to Sign Historic Climate Agreement on Friday

One of the biggest steps post-COP21 will happen this Friday, April 22, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, where representatives from both China and the U.S. will sign the Paris agreement at an official ceremony.

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3 Ways You Can Help Combat the Climate Crisis

Although the situation can sometimes feel daunting and beyond repair, there are a few simple, concrete actions we can take to minimize the impact we have, as business people as well as individuals, on the environment.

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Israel Expected to Save $8 Billion By Cutting Emissions

Israel, a leader in technology development, says it’s on track to save $8 billion from carbon emissions reductions. The Israeli cabinet has unanimously approved the country’s 2030 targets, with sweeping calls for more tech funding and small-business support. Environmental advocates say that will be great — once the government inks it in stone with a finalized budget.

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Global Coal Bubble Pegged at $1 Trillion

For coal, the writing is on the wall, but the message hasn’t yet reached some investors. This could result in a financial catastrophe, a new report warns, amounting to nearly $1 trillion in losses if current coal development plans go forward globally.