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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Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?

Marc Hafstead of the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, along with Lawrence Goulder of Stanford University, have come up with an idea that could potentially address two important problems in one broad policy action. The first, which is where they’ll likely began, is the problem of corporate inversions. No, that’s not corporations standing on their heads; it’s when they buy another company in a country with a lower tax rate so that they can begin paying taxes there instead of here in the U.S., where they receive the most government services. The other problem is climate change.

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Coal Export Terminal Plan Nixed by Oregon Agency

This is the latest in a series of wins for opponents of coal company plans to move coal through the Pacific Northwest on the way to Asian markets. But two major plans in Washington State, out of six original proposals, are still pending.

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Social Media Bubbles: Are They Holding Us Back?

Social media sites like Facebook are tailored to help people connect with friends, similar experiences and views. But there’s a downside, says the U.S. State Department, when it keeps users from reaching outside their ‘bubble’ of friends and experiences and actually helps to promote unrest.

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Stonyfield Collaborates With WikiFoods to Sell Package-Free Yogurt

There are two companies that have created a way to reduce plastic waste by eliminating packaging: Stonyfield Farm and WikiFoods have collaborated to provide frozen yogurt encased in edible packaging for frozen yogurt made from fruit skin.

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Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Gets Certified

U.S. manufacturers large and small are looking for ways to demonstrate their social and environmental responsibility, as well as boost their bottom lines. Zero-waste-to-landfill may be just the ticket.

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Poll Clears Up Misconceptions: People of Color Concerned About Climate Change

Despite the long-standing environmental justice movement, the misconception that people of color don’t care about environmental issues remains. But a new poll commissioned by the nonprofit Green For All reveals what we should have known all along: Communities of color are not only concerned about the environment, but also view climate change as an imminent threat. According to the survey, 68 percent of African American, Latino and Asian likely voters think climate change is an issue that Americans need to be worried about right now – not a problem we can put off in the future.

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Israeli Scientists Protect Coral by Taking Rainforests Underwater

The World Resources Institute reported in 2011 that 75 percent of the world’s coral beds were in jeopardy of extinction — a gloomy prediction for the oceans’ essential ‘rainforest trees.’ Well, Israeli scientists have found an answer by reforesting the coral beds using hand-planted “coral carpets.”

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China, The Nature Conservancy Work to Curb Pollution

It might seem like a strange partnership between a nonprofit and a huge nation, but it might work. TNC’s Conservation Blueprint project identified 32 regions that the organization and the Chinese government believe are most vital to the country’s environmental future.

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U.S. Second in Installed Wind Power But Growth Uncertain

Growth in 2013 was modest, but the U.S. continues to be a world leader in installed wind power capacity. Prospects for 2014-2015 remain cloudy, however, given the expiration of the federal PTC and policy uncertainty, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy.

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3 Tips for Transforming Hospital Food Into Something More Sustainable

Green Impact had the opportunity to speak with Dan Henroid to reflect on UCSF’s successes and challenges as they move the needle on sustainable food. Based on our discussion, this post offers three tips for other hospitals and institutions seeking to improve the sustainability of the food they serve:

Reduce conventional meat consumption in order to purchase more sustainable meat;
Collaborate to promote sustainable food practices; and
Get your local team on board.