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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Yet Another Way to Put Wastewater to Work

The South African company Sasol has teamed up with GE Power & Water to develop a new wastewater treatment system for recovering biogas from industrial wastewater.

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Combating Rising Sea Levels – Can Sustainable Energy Help?

The recent IPCC summary update and supporting documents on the science of climate change highlight how much the sea buffers us from the impact of climate warming. What are the options for a sustainable future, based on the learnings from the update?

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BSR’s Bold Climate Change Commitment

BSR’s President Aron Cramer made a big commitment at this week’s conference in San Francisco. He and the BSR team are doubling down on 2 degrees Celsius, drawing a line in the sand and committing to use the power of their network to avoid breaching a global temperature rise above it. Two degrees is, of … Continued

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Fossil Fuel Investors Ask for Climate Change Risk Assessment

The risk of climate change has fossil fuel investors worried. And they aren’t just concerned about what extreme climate change means for the planet, but for the well being of their investments if fossil fuel companies don’t consider the potential impact of global warming.

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Microsoft Signs Twenty Year Wind Power Agreement in Texas

Last year, Microsoft committed to become carbon neutral. The mechanism for achieving this is an internal carbon fee charged to each business group and department for the amount of carbon emissions associated with their operations. These fees are treated as real money so that the cost of doing business effectively gets higher, particularly for those divisions … Continued

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Worker-Share CSA Farms Promote Resiliency and Community

The symbiotic relationship between Little River Community Farm and Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage has formed a multigenerational community in Midcoast Maine with a thriving community supported agriculture farm only steps from their front door.

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Obama Issues New Executive Order on Climate Change

The timing is significant. Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, when President Obama stood among the rubble and vowed to do something about climate change, he issued an Executive Order designed to encourage Americans to incorporate climate change awareness into their activities and plans.

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Advancing the Science of Pollution-Cleaning Plants

Student research in Russia funded by the Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research program has found a new use for a plant called myriad-leaf: industrial pollution cleanup.

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Paper and the Untold Sustainable Forestry Story

A productive “working forest” creates value for people and for the environment. Unlike agricultural crops, a forest can be sustained infinitely through a cycle of planting, growing, harvesting and replanting forests – all while improving the surrounding soil and water quality. In other words: harvest trees to save forests.

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Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?

Hunger is the most pressing issue we face, especially considering one out of every eight people in the world today suffers from chronic undernourishment caused by food scarcity. And many believe this number is likely to increase as rapid population growth taxes limitations on food, water and farmland regionally—and growing development and affluence change our diets.

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The IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change: What It Means for Impact Investing

The long-awaited IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change emerged amid a flurry of media coverage and a volley of commentary, both pro and cont. Its main conclusions were clear, however: climate change is real, its effects are already measurable, and it is being caused by human activity. What does the report means for impact investing?