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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Toyota i-Road Electric Vehicle Expands to France

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.

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Hilton Bans Shark Fin Soup in its Asian Pacific Locations

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.

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Big Ben May Get a Solar Face Lift

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 34 percent by 2020, the U.K. Parliament may add solar panels to Big Ben in an iconic solar installation.

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Is There a Sustainable Big Mac in Your Future?

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.

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El Niño, More Rain Likely With Climate Change

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.

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Distill Those Used Plastic Shopping Bags for Fuel

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.

Thousands gather at the Price the Polluters Rally in Melbourne, Australia in 2012.

A Carbon Tax to Rule Them All

Put simply, a tax shift means to cut one tax and replace it with another—such as to cut income and/or payroll taxes, and put a carbon price in their place. This is called a “tax swap” or “revenue neutrality,” and a diverse group of stakeholders–ranging from Citizens Climate Lobby to ExxonMobil–are coming out in support of it.

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ConEd’s Energy Storage Program Will Allow Renewables to Offset Nuclear

A lot of attention has been focused on the Indian Point nuclear plant, in Buchanan N.Y., just 38 miles from New York City. The license for Unit 2 actually expired last September, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like the plant closed.

In the meantime, ConEd and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), have developed a program to reduce energy demand, reducing the need for generating capacity and making the prospect of eliminating the plant more feasible.

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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.

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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.