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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How Energy Impacts Water Supplies

Water and energy intersect in more ways than many of us realize. Extracting water takes energy, and water is necessary for extracting fossil fuels.

Through the traceability system designed by ThisFish, each catch gets a unique code, which can either be placed on the box of each shipment of fish, or physically attached to each animal.

Seafood Fraud Meets Tech-Driven Traceability

If something smells fishy the next time you step up to the seafood counter or sit down for sushi, it may not be the catch of the day. An estimated 33 percent of seafood sold in the United States is incorrectly labeled by type of fish, catch method or provenance, according to a recent report by conservation group Oceana.

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Op-Ed: Latest Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef Criteria ‘Falls Short’

This past Friday, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and our partners at Rainforest Alliance, Food Alliance and Friends of the Earth U.S. submitted joint comments to the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB) detailing why the latest version of its “Principles” and “Criteria” falls short of serving as a credible framework for recognizing sources of verified sustainable beef.

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‘World’s Largest Clean Tech Accelerator’ Gets a Boost from the U.N.

Looking to replicate the success it has had in the U.S., the partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) will enable Cleantech Open to scale-up its startup accelerator programs geometrically as it expands across six countries whose economies are in transition.

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Study: Video Game Consoles to Cost Consumers $1 Billion a Year in Electric Bills

Of this total, $400 million will come from “vampire” usage, the electricity used while video game consoles are in stand-by mode and aren’t being used, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Game console manufacturers can and should do better, NRDC believes, and they’ve come up with a list of recommendations they say will boost energy-efficiency savings 25 percent above expected semiconductor efficiency improvements.

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The Growing Local Food Movement: Staying ‘Small’ as Things Scale Up

For many people who like to buy local food, and for the farmers who prefer to sell their product directly to consumers or institutions, a big part of the attraction is the opportunity for human interaction. But as local food continues to grow in popularity, the very thing that’s driving its rise may also be what’s holding it back.

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Fast Food Workers Join Global Wage Strikes

Fast food workers striking for a living wage succeeded in getting their voices heard last Thursday, by linking their protests with those of workers across the world. They may not have closed down any restaurants or won a new wage concession, but they have the attention of the global customer base.

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Win $75,000 for a Market-Based Solution to the National Forests’ Challenges

Can the principles of the free market solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our national forests? The National Forest Foundation (NFF) hopes so, announcing it has just extended the deadline for its Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge which offers $100,000 in prize money for market-based solutions to the forests’ current issues.

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24/7 Concentrating Solar Power Plant Gains Approval in Chile

Environmental concerns have hindered construction of utility-scale concentrating solar (aka solar thermal) power plants, but Chile’s environmental ministry has approved Abengoa’s 110-MW Cerro Dominador CSP project. Cerro Dominador will not only be the largest CSP facility in South America, but also the first to supply solar-generated electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Landfills are dominated by food waste that produces methane as it rots, a gas 25 times more harmful to our environment than carbon dioxide. (Click to enlarge)

Waste Not, Want Not: How Reducing Food Waste Can Help Address Climate Change

Unbeknownst to many consumers food waste is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Almost half of all food is thrown out in the U.S. — contributing to our planet’s changing climate. The good news is: About 80 percent of consumers want companies to start tackling food waste, and they’re responding by doing just that.

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Why Climate Change May Affect the Foods We Eat

A new study led by the Harvard School of Public Health finds that crops which provide dietary zinc and iron to a big part of the global population will have significantly reduced concentrations of both nutrients.

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Op-Ed: We Still Need Precaution, Says Forum for the Future Founder

The CEOs of the world’s biggest chemical and agribusiness companies recently petitioned the presidents of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council to downgrade the Precautionary Principle and focus instead on a new ‘Innovation Principle.’ Forum for the Future Founder Jonathon Porritt isn’t sure that’s terribly wise.