Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?
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.
Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.
Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.
Thanks to an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, California is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. But the state has a dirty little secret for keeping wildfires at bay: recruiting prison laborers.
What does it take to make a shift in sustainable fashion and turn a plastic bottle into gorgeous couture dresses? Dutch entrepreneur Monique Maissan has the answer.
Follow these simple suggestions to help your business cut down on its travel emissions. Doing so could not only boost employee morale, but also get some tax breaks for your business.
Hunting the king of the jungle is a lucrative business in many African countries, but social and environmental consequences are severe. The Kariba REDD+ project in Zimbabwe now shows a much more promising path: sustainable income generation, biodiversity protection and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.
The pope was right to call for a more ethical sustainable development that can meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment. He was wrong, however, to fault reliance on economic incentives as a way to deal with climate change.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
Global smartphone sales reached 1 billion in 2013 and 1.2 billion in 2014. By comparison, television sales may fall to below 200 million this year. There are profound trends in the works in the IT industry as our gadgets become increasingly mobile and sophisticated, with users demanding huge energy efficiency gains.
The California drought’s impacts on agriculture, water systems and infrastructure are well known. Now new research demonstrates that there is a negative carbon impact too – and that this may continue for several years.
The U.S.-Iran deal may offer a surprising boost to the international divestment campaign, a growing social movement that seeks to persuade investors to sell their stocks in fossil fuel companies.