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.


Cotton Production and Consumption: A Cry For Sustainability

There is no other commodity grown on the farms of our planet that is more polluting than cotton. Major apparel and textile brands and retailers need to incorporate sustainable cotton sourcing and communicate the benefits of this to their customers in their corporate responsibility efforts to drive demand. Increased demand is the obvious path toward mainstream acceptance.

EPA, Volkswagen, Audi, diesel, emissions, Leon Kaye

Volkswagen Admits Almost 500,000 Vehicles Cheated Emissions Tests

Last Friday the EPA accused Volkswagen of installing “defeat devices” in four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi automobiles from model years 2009 to 2015. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) also launched an investigation into Volkswagen’s practice of installing software to manipulate information transmitted during vehicle emissions testing.


Fracking Chemicals Can Cause Endocrine Disruption and Illness, Says Study

Scientists have been debating the environmental impacts of fracking for years. But now there’s a new study that confirms that exposure to fracking chemicals may also cause metabolic damage in humans. The researchers are calling for more intensive study and oversight of the use of these chemicals, which authors point out has lacked regulatory clarity by the feds.

This ironic installation from U.K. street artist Banksy, which appeared near the Oval bridge in Camden, north London, in 2009, pokes fun at climate change denial.

PR Firm Edelman Dropping Climate Change Deniers

This is a PR firm that reported $833 million worth of earnings. In the words of the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg, Edelman “has played a critical role in shaping public opinion in the U.S. and globally about climate change.” So, the company’s shift is huge.

The Shams 1 solar power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is one of dozens of solar power projects generating clean energy in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Solar Surges in the Middle East and North Africa

Last year was a breakthrough year for solar in the Middle East with over 30 solar projects awarded – a ten-fold increase on 2013, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). With this boon comes great opportunity for the region.


Company Commitments Roll In as Climate Week NYC Approaches

As world leaders prepare to convene in Paris to discuss an international climate agreement, a growing number of private firms are contemplating their role in a low-carbon future. Expect big announcements from the public and private sector at Climate Week NYC 2015.


Saving Water in Hospitality

There are a number of reasons that the hospitality industry should be at the forefront of reducing water usage. For starters, it would benefit them: Hotels will often pay twice for the water they use, purchasing fresh water but then disposing of it as waste. Indeed, it’s been estimated that they could cut down the amount of reduced water by up to 50 per cent, per guest, per night if they put the right processes in place.


The Quick & Dirty: Leadership, Revisited

Leadership must be earned. And leadership must be ahead of the trend — something done not because it’s popular, but to take a stand.

Just Do It

Climate Finance: Just Do It!

The landscape of climate-oriented finance, says Sean Penrith, executive director of the Climate Trust, can be boiled down to one overwhelming message: Just get out there and do it!


Passion Fruit, Moringa and Thistles: Biolubricants of the Future?

The much evidenced toxic impact of petrochemical lubricants makes a case for the use of bio-based lubricants, which unfortunately still constitute a very small portion of the global lubricants market. But that’s beginning to change.

Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona.

CSR: Fostering Responsible Biodiversity Stewardship

The 651 biosphere reserves spanning over 120 countries protect and preserve the immense diversity of life on our planet. The value and benefits they provide to sustain life on Earth are largely invisible. But an immense opportunity exists for global companies to champion the cause of these reserves as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.


Will Climate Change Pledges Be Enough?

“It is clear that if the Paris meeting locks in present climate commitments for 2030, holding warming below 2 degrees Celsius could essentially become infeasible, and 1.5 degrees Celsius beyond reach. Given the present level of pledged climate action, commitments should only be made until 2025,” said Bill Hare, founder and CEO of Climate Analytics.