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.

President Barack Obama met with the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience last week.

Obama: Climate Change Is a Threat to U.S. Infrastructure

More extreme droughts, floods and wildfires – these are just some of the impacts of climate change that won’t just occur in the distant future to our great-great grandchildren, but are happening now. To address the changing climate’s current effects on communities in the U.S., President Barack Obama announced a plan to strengthen national infrastructure and help cities, states and tribal communities better prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

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Kroger Cuts Energy Use By 35 Percent, Ramps Up Sustainability Efforts

The Kroger Co. reduced the energy use in its stores by 34.6 percent since 2000, saving more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). That is enough electricity to power every home in Charlotte, North Carolina for a year — or the equivalent of taking 362,000 cars off the road for a year.

A local man paddles past submerged cars on South Beach in Miami in 2009. Locals say the rising tides are only getting worse.

3p Weekend: 5 Cities Already Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

While some still view climate change as some distant or unidentifiable threat (and others simply argue its effects “won’t be so bad”), the impacts of rising tides and surging temperatures are already changing lives around the world.

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New Carbon Capture Plant Will Use Coal Exhaust to Get Oil From the Ground

This week, NRG announced the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture power generation plant. This commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) system will utilize existing technology to capture 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the processed flue gas from an existing coal plant in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston. Construction on the project has already begun.

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California, Massachusetts Top U.S. Clean Tech Rankings

California ranked tops in clean tech leadership among U.S. states for the fifth year running, while three California metro areas took the top three spots. Following Massachusetts, Oregon ranked third among U.S. states, with Portland earning fourth place among U.S. metro areas, according to Clean Edge’s “2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index.”

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Tragedy of the Commons: Once Upon a … Water

We have reached a tipping point where we need to monetize and assign a dollar value to a natural resource like water — without which we cannot survive. We live on the water planet: 75 percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water. Yet fresh water is scarce. Aristotle and other philosophers were right on the mark when they said, “What is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it!”

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‘Give Back Box’ Turns Old Shipping Boxes Into Charitable Donations

What if you could take your old shipping boxes from online retailers and – instead of tossing them into the recycling or garbage – pack them with clothes and household goods you no longer need, and send them to charities? That’s the idea behind Give Back Box, a startup inspired by a homeless man holding a sign that said, “I need shoes.”

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New Trend: Climate Optimists Say Climate Change Won’t Be So Bad

Accepting that climate change is happening but putting a positive spin on the consequences is a growing view in the climate skeptic camp, Slate reports. And this new “climate optimism” was on full display at the last week’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change, billed as an “International Gathering of Scientists Skeptical of Man-Caused Global Warming.”

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Governor Christie Pulls New Jersey Out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – is the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program has proven to be a revenue generator in its first six years, but Gov. Chris Christie seems to have other ideas for New Jersey.

A garden flourishes in Detroit.

A Look at Local Food and Urban Farming in Two American Cities

Urban farming may help address inadequate food access by expanding fresh produce options in the inner city, but at the same time it often occurs in violation of standing zoning ordinances and places new pressure on water and sanitation services. In an attempt to promote its benefits and mitigate its drawbacks, cities across the country have created new arenas of governance concerned solely with local food. Take Detroit and Cleveland, for example.

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Apple’s Environmental Report Reveals Major Accomplishments, More Work To Be Done

Apple’s carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. It’s a modest decline, but this is the first time the tech giant has seen a year-over-year decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since it started tracking them in 2009. Despite this and other accomplishments detailed in Apple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report released this week, the company acknowledged it has a long way to go to reduce its environmental impact, including tackling emissions from its manufacturing partners and addressing its recent increase in water consumption.