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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Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Goes Into Effect in October

Massachusetts is test driving a law to deal with food waste. Back in January, state government announced that a statewide ban on commercial food waste would take effect on Oct. 1, 2014. Regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the ban requires any entity disposing of at least 1 ton of organic material per week to either donate or re-purpose the useable food.

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S&P Acknowledges Role of Income Inequality in Downturn

A new report, issued by mainstream economic authority Standard & Poor’s (S&P), acknowledges, perhaps for the first time, that the extreme level of income inequality in this country is actually hurting the economy. In fact, the revered oracle has actually cut its forecast for economic growth (from 2.8 percent to 2.5 percent) based on these conditions.

A buddhist monk rests in Sra Damrei, a peaceful spot in the Phnom Kulen mountain where the monks have been coming to meditate for centuries. Groups of monks have traveled miles to

Right Action: Blocking a Dam in Cambodia’s Sacred Forest

In another example of the collateral damage caused by the relentless march of economic development, a sacred Cambodian forest and its residents are fighting for their very survival against the Cambodian government and the largest hydropower company in China.

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Sponging Up Solar Energy

This new sponge-like structure is a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam, which all works to create a “porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.”

View of the Mackinac Bridge from the shores of Mackinac Island.

Reports Predict Disaster If Enbridge Pipeline Ruptures in Great Lakes

A recent report by the University of Michigan illustrates the devastation that could occur if a 60-year-old pipeline carrying 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas fluids every day were to rupture in the Great Lakes, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world.

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Bell Aquaculture’s Feedmill Opening: A Who’s Who in Land Based Aquaculture

On July 1, 2014, Bell Aquaculture held the grand opening event for the Bell Farms Aqua Feed mill located in central Indiana USA. Over 300 fish farmers, government officials and industry experts attended the event held on site at Bell Farms in Albany, Indiana. Watch 16 interviews and speeches here.