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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.
Shilpi Chhotray, founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, describes the unique process of wild-harvesting seaweed on the California coastline. The process is conducted by hand, requires minimal resources and is an excellent example of ensuring vibrant marine ecosystems.
The CEO of Monsanto explains how his company is using high- and low-tech soil management to reduce carbon emissions. Want to put a bug in his ear? Read on to find out how.
Etsy not only provides crafts that would look great on your wall and one of the only legit “you can work from home” job opportunities on the Internet, but it’s also doing amazing social impact work. Katie-Hunt Morr, the phenomenal senior manager of values and impact at Etsy, shares tips on creating social impact.
SerraLux claims its technology reduces glare while extending daylight deeper into a space, such as a classroom–and Las Vegas schools are signing up in an effort to increase energy efficiency and improve learning.
The United Kingdom-based NGO Forum for the Future recently launched the Protein Challenge 2040, a coalition that aims to bring together the global food industry, environmental groups and health organizations to ensure that both the production and consumption of protein worldwide will shift toward a more sustainable path.
The always-witty Phillipe Dunsky, president of Dunsky Energy Consulting, thinks that while Canada’s past on that front might have been humdrum, it’s a whole new era now.
The price of carbon offsets can be quite perplexing. After all, a ton of carbon reduced is of benefit to the climate, regardless of where that reduction occurs or how it happens. If the benefit is the same, then why do carbon prices range from less than $1 to more than $15 per ton? There are some striking, and perhaps surprising, similarities between purchasing offsets and purchasing automobiles.
More than 400 class-action suits have been filed against Volkswagen. They allege the automaker not only included “emissions cheating” software into its vehicles, but also that it cheated customers by charging a premium based on its asserted emissions technology. Last week, after the bulk of those cases had been transferred to a California district court, the first combined class-action arrived at VW’s doorstep. Attorneys are calling for more than a fix or a replacement. They’re asking for punitive damages.
The clean-energy industry is unstoppable, right? Not so fast, say a trio of professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. They co-wrote a paper that says a carbon tax is crucial if the U.S. is to avoid risks related to climate change.
Malé, the capital of the Maldives, has become an environmental and logistical nightmare. But creative planning and thinking could make this capital an ideal laboratory for innovation related to smart cities.
Within Arch Coal’s bankruptcy documents, according to various sources, is the smoking gun revealing big coal’s link to climate change deniers: the listing of E&E Legal amongst the various creditors seeking payment from the second largest coal mining company in the U.S.