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.

Cigarette Butts

Bridgestone Arena Recycles Cigarette Butts with Help from TerraCycle

Despite a nearly 30 percent decline in cigarette smoking in the U.S. over the past decade, cigarette butts are still the most littered item across the country and the planet, according to Keep America Beautiful. To tackle this litter problem locally, Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators of the NHL, has teamed up with the Nashville Clean Water Project and upcycling company TerraCycle to collect and recycle cigarette butts discarded at the sports and concert venue.

Panelists include from left, Moderator Claire Bonham-Carter, AECOM Director of Sustainable Development; Ann Chan, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, California Natural Resources Agency; Brian D’Agostino, Senior Meteorologist, San Diego Gas & Electric; Alan Cohn, Director, Climate & Water Quality, New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Michelle Lapinski, Senior Advisor, Vauling Nature, The Nature Conservancy; and Mark Way, Head Sustainability Americas & Director, Group Risk Management, Swiss Re.

More Cities Identifying Climate Risk and Building Resilience

According to a recent CDP poll of 110 cities around the world, 98 percent of cities are reporting risk from climate change. But 71 percent of these cities are putting resilience plans in place to some extent, according to speakers at this year’s Climate Leadership Conference.

TCM

Carbon Capture Technologies More Welcome in U.S., Norwegian Firm Says

Carbon capture and storage technologies, designed to reduce emissions, are getting a better reception in the U.S. than in Europe, according to Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), a Norwegian firm that tests the technology. A CNBC report based on interviews with TCM executives says the U.S. is a “more welcoming place” for CCS technology, at least at the moment, because Europe is recovering from a debt crisis and recession.

China smog

Chinese Man Sues Government Over Smog

China is infamous for its dangerously high levels of air pollution, and now one man is suing the government for failing to reduce the toxic smog. Li Guixin, who lives in a major industrial region of northern China surrounding Beijing, filed a complaint with a district court, urging the city’s environmental department to improve its efforts to control air pollution, Reuters reported last week.

Apple4

Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells Climate Deniers to Take a Hike

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO and successor to Steve Jobs, is generally known as a man who, unlike his predecessor, has a cool head, and does not let his emotions influence his decisions or his behavior on the job. But that is apparently not the case when it comes to global warming. Nothing seems to get him steamed up more than a group of climate deniers, like the group that recently attended Apple’s annual shareholder meeting last Friday.

Copper, Salmon and Healthy Waters: EPA Puts a Halt to Pebble Mine Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this past week invoked Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act in initiating a process “to identify appropriate options to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.”

farmland

Wall Street Eyes American Farmland as Its Next Target

The first years of this century saw an enormous land grab in the developing world: 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was bought or leased by speculators. This often occurred at the expense of food security and land rights.

Rainforest

Google-Powered Map Shows Deforestation in Near Real Time

The Earth loses 50 soccer fields’ worth of forest land every minute of every day, according to data from the University of Maryland and Google. But a joint effort from the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google and a group of 40 other businesses, governments and nonprofits aims to reduce that staggering statistic. Last week, the team of public-private partners launched Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system that seeks to reduce deforestation and improve forest management worldwide.

EPA

Chula Vista, Calif., Sprint, UC Irvine Named EPA Climate Leaders

A California city government enacting a strict energy efficient building code and installing electric vehicle charging stations, a wireless provider reducing its carbon footprint by more than 18 percent and a university campus with 19 LEED-certified buildings – these were just a few of the winners of this year’s Climate Leadership Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Announced Wednesday, 19 awards recognized 15 organizations and two individuals in both the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Rex Tillerson

ExxonMobil CEO Cites Fracking Concerns in Homeowner Suit

Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil’s chairman and CEO, is part of a lawsuit seeking to block construction of a 160-foot water tower adjacent to his and his wife’s Bartonville, Texas home. The tower will supply water to a nearby hydraulic fracturing site.

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 12.35.36 PM

Investors Pressure Oil Companies to Disclose Carbon Asset Risk

The jury might still be out on when the world will run out of oil, but the rising human and economic costs associated with climate change, air pollution and overall environmental decline are accelerating the world towards a low-carbon economy. In recognition of this reality, a half-dozen investors recently filed shareholder resolutions with 10 fossil fuel companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, seeking an explanation of their strategies for competing in a low-carbon global market.

foodpornindex

Will the New ‘Food Porn Index’ Get People to Upload More Photos of Healthy Food?

FoodPornIndex.com is a new website showing hashtags and mentions of 24 different food items on social media, where half are vegetables and fruits and half are mostly junk foods. Visitors can see the number of mentions for each item, as well as a tally for each group. As of last weekend, the unhealthy foods counted for 72.2 percent of the mentions online while the healthy foods counted for only 27.8 percent. Will this website be able to change this balance of power?