Don’t tell the public transit naysayers who maintain that Americans will never get out of their beloved automobiles: Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year – the highest annual ridership number in 57 years, according to the 2013 ridership report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In fact, public transit rides rose by 1.1 percent in 2013, while miles driven only increased 0.3 percent.
Category: 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.
Apple enthusiasts in the U.S. looking to upgrade their iPhones have been able to trade in their old devices for a newer model at Apple stores since last summer. But now the tech giant is expanding its iPhone buyback and recycling program to Canadian stores, the Vancouver Sun reported, offering store credit of up to $275 for working but unwanted iPhones.
A new Gallup survey looking at the degree Americans worry about different issues found that only 24 percent of Americans worry a great deal about climate change. Fifty-one percent of them worry about it very little or not at all.
You’ve heard of recycling leftover food scraps into a soil amendment for farms, but now a California startup is transforming food waste from grocery stores into a fertilizer that can compete with conventional nitrogen-based soil conditioners that leach chemicals into groundwater, rivers and oceans. We interviewed Dan Morash, founder of West Sacramento-based California Safe Soil (CSS), to learn more about how its Harvest-to-Harvest (H2H) fertilizer saves resources, reduces pollution and improves soil.
“Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target,” reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude Costa Rica will be dropping its goal of achieving carbon neutrality completely. That isn’t the case.
The World Bank is stepping up efforts capable of coincidentally realizing the twin goals of alleviating poverty and conserving biodiversity. Having invested over $4 billion in biodiversity conservation projects worldwide since 1988, the world’s preeminent multilateral development organization’s “Greening Development” environment strategy also highlights the vexing trade-offs and conflicting interests inherent in pursuing its overall mission.
The ingenious Toyota i-Road electric vehicle car-share program is ideal for urban commuters and is now under testing in Aichi, Japan in self-service vehicle-sharing stations. Now, there are plans to deploy nearly 70 vehicles in the town of Grenoble in the French Alps, for a three-year test, starting at the end of 2014.
Guests at the Hilton hoping to order shark fin soup will have to take their business elsewhere: The hospitality giant recently announced a ban on the controversial delicacy in its restaurants and facilities worldwide – including the 96 properties it owns and manages in the Asia Pacific – by this April. The company took shark fin off its menus in all restaurants and food and beverage facilities in China and Southeast Asia in December 2012, but continued to serve it upon request. Starting in September 2013, Hilton banned shark fin in its Southeast Asian properties, declining orders for the contentious ingredient, and implemented the same policy in its Greater Chinese facilities in February.
Chipotle caused quite a stir when it stated in its recent SEC filing that, due to climate change, it may have to suspend certain menu items such as guacamole and salsa.
The sold-out March 5 auction reestablished a higher CO2 allowance price and yielded nearly $94 million for reinvestment across the nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Giant corporations like McDonald’s and Walmart cast a long shadow across the planet with the enormous amount of resources that they utilize, process, consume and sell. McDonald’s flips and bags 70 million hamburgers every day and is responsible for a full 2 percent of the world’s beef consumption. So when you consider the impact that beef production has on the environment, particularly with regard to climate change, a move by the fast food giant to sustainable beef could be a really big deal.
Two reports suggest that parts of the U.S. may be in for wetter times. NOAA has announced an El Niño Watch for this year, which could bring short relief to rain-starved California. But thanks to ongoing climate change, that would probably be temporary as the rain moves to colder climates for more extended periods and temperatures warm.
University of Illinois researchers have developed an energy-efficient way to convert used plastic shopping bags to fuel. The conversion process produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels — diesel, for example — that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags, researchers say.
Ecosa Institute Founding Director Tony Brown discusses the need for design professionals to have sensitivity to the natural world as they explore solutions for the future.