Why is there such a huge obstacle between sustainable energy and progress on a nationwide scale? Let’s take a closer look at a few specific types of sustainable energy — solar power, biofuel, wind power — (as well as the greater economic picture) to examine a few ways to ensure these renewable power sources stand a chance to flourish, over the next decade.
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.
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Few brands are as famous for their social activism than Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont ice cream maker with global revenues of more than $1.2 billion (2015) is as much known for its social conscience as for its creamy, irresistible ice cream flavors. Pick a flavor and chances are you’ll walk away with more than just a good feeling in your tummy: You’ll feel you’re making a statement.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been having a tough time promoting his plans to cut EPA regulations. First an appeals court squashed his plans to delay enforcement of the Methane Rule. Then there was Hurricane Harvey and the collapse of the Arkema plant. Now he has a list of complex questions to answer for homework about just how his agency plans to protect Americans from environmental disasters.
A coalition of environment groups has urged the federal government to enact more cuts in biofuels production, as they claim the environmental promises promised by the Renewable Fuel Standard have failed to materialize 10 years after the program launched.
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WGL, formerly Washington Gas and Light, has 170-year-old roots in natural gas, but it is rapidly transitioning into renewables.
Timberland and the Smallholders Farmers Alliance have reintroduced cotton as not only a way to help revitalize the economy, but to also claw back against ongoing deforestation that has contributed to the country’s stubborn poverty.
This weekend, as Texas towns were being pummeled by Hurricane Harvey, President Trump sent out another deriding tweet about Mexico with assurance that the neighbors down south would pay for a wall. The answer he got back may not be what he expected, but it has reaffirmed that when it comes to natural disasters and suffering populations, neighbors can be counted on to help.
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is of biblical proportions, and we mourn the loss of lives and livelihoods that it has caused. Still, there are valuable takeaways from it, and here are 10 that we should take to our city departments and city councils immediately:
Trump insists that rescinding the Obama-era Flood Risk Standards will speed up construction and save communities money. But experts familiar with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Ike say that nixing standards that require climate change to be considered in how cities are built (or rebuilt) will set communities up for a world of hurt.
While companies have a critical part in assisting relief efforts with their supplies, staff and facilities, Hurricane Harvey reminds us the role that “big government” has in preparing, notifying and helping citizens during emergencies.
Hurricane Harvey and climate change are being blamed for Houston’s unprecedented flooding this weekend. But experts point out that the volume of rain — 12 trillion gallons — that deluged the city wasn’t really the problem. It was the lack of planning for predictable increased flooding.
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the greater Houston region is offering another grim reminder: the federal government’s national flood insurance program, NFIP, is going to become even more financially unsustainable — and it’s already $25M in debt.
Three environmentalists have come up from an ingenious way to respond to President Donald Trump’s effort to dismiss the need for climate change mitigation: Plant a forest. A very big, global forest. And their call is being heard.