A new EPA report says that since 1970, the combined emissions of six common air pollutants have fallen 73 percent since 1970. Meanwhile, the number of miles Americans have driven have almost tripled, and the economy has expanded to over three times its size from almost a half century ago.
Climate & Environment
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.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act gives the Department of Homeland Security immediate access to $12million in funding to build the first 15 miles of the border wall, some of which runs through areas with high concentrations of endangered species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
New Jersey’s legislature passed, and Governor Chris Christie signed into law, Senate Bill 3027, which established a statewide food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030. But plans to achieve the landmark goal are still in development.
SPECIAL SERIES: COMMIT! Forum
Today is Earth Overshoot Day. As of today, the year is done for planet Earth, she has given all the natural capital she can for this year. It may seem counter-intuitive at first. Obviously, we aren’t done with 2017 yet. How can we take more than the Earth makes, for decades on end?
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it had approved the first of four plans of Volkswagen to invest $800 million in zero-emission infrastructure, outreach and electric vehicle access for citizens who live in disadvantaged communities. The first phase, totaling $200 million, has just been launched.
We think of the cost of fossil fuel subsidies in terms of our tax dollars. But a new report put out by the European NGO, Health and Environment Alliance, suggests the costs are much higher. What often isn’t calculated into those figures, says HEAL, is our health.
The majority of Miami realtors say their clients don’t usually ask about sea level risks or other climate-related problems that would help them gauge whether the property would be a good buy. And they don’t have a problem paying a premium for the coastline, either.
Research suggests climate change could force between 200 and 500 million coastal residents from their homes in the next 30 to 80 years. Imagine the social tension with a half-billion people in migration.
The government of the United Kingdom has announced that it will ban the sales of diesel- and gasoline-powered passenger vehicles after 2040, mostly in an effort to reduce the impact nitrogen oxides, or NOx, have had on public health.
Vail Resorts, one of the largest mountain resort operators on the planet, announced that it has committed to a “zero net operating footprint” by 2030.
Two companies in Norway have teamed up to produce a shipping vessel powered by an electric motor instead of dirty bunker fuel. If this technology is successful, it could substantially reduce the carbon footprint of this dirty industry — projected to be responsible for 17 percent of global emissions by 2050.
Albert Straus, often heralded as a first mover in organic dairy and sustainable agriculture, has revealed what he says is the world’s first first full-scale electric truck – powered by cow manure.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico introduced a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide some research says has links to learning disabilities as well as severe health problems. NGOs including the NRDC is supporting such a ban.