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.
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 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.
Fossil fuel companies just can’t seem to get away with dodgy dealings when it comes to climate change. Building on prior investigations, a group of 17 attorneys general are now looking into top firms’ backing of climate denial.
Even if the recycling system was perfect, the fact still remains that we will always rely on a portion of virgin input materials. This is why renewable materials and sustainable sourcing are critical to the circular economy.
A World Resources Institute analyst points out that while companies and governments have found consistency in how they approach carbon emissions and climate change, a standardized approach toward water stewardship is lacking.
Over the last decade, marketers have learned from missteps of greenwashing during the month of April. Earth Month marketing has transformed to reflect the growing consumer sophistication around social and environmental issues – and their expectations of companies.
Last week, Bangladeshi police opened fire on a crowd of people protesting two new coal plants, killing four demonstrators. The gruesome act prompts questions about not only the country’s police force, but also its plans to expand local energy grids.