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.
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 Union for Concerned Scientists suggests that four commodities, timber, soy, palm oil and beef, are responsible for the majority of deforestation worldwide.
MorningStar Farms worked with the consultancy Quantis to cobble together an online calculator that enumerates the environmental benefits that can result from eating less meat.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As more countries shift to sustainability, economic growth is beginning to decouple from carbon emissions for the first time in history. In fact, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), 21 countries experienced positive economic growth since 2000 while cutting carbon emissions, some dramatically.
We need more sustainably-raised and nutritious food, and aquaculture is certainly poised to contribute meaningfully to our future food needs. Here, Scott Nichols of Food’s Future, LLC compares the crop-based resources needed to raise salmon, beef, pork and chicken.