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.

Nestlé Pipeline in San Bernardino National Forest

Nestlé’s Expired Permit Prompts Water Diversion Lawsuit

Yesterday, three California nonprofit organizations joined together in a lawsuit against the U.S. National Forest Service. Their beef? Nestle’s water bottling permit in the drought-stricken state expired 27 years ago.

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Meet 5 Companies Making Sustainability Sexy

At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp posts, river recovery, a solar garage, and dilapidated cultural sites. Are you asleep yet? These beautiful and fun projects will wake you up.


What Role Do Microbes Play in Tackling Global Food Security?

How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.

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Long Full of Crap, D.C. Will Now Churn Some of It into Energy

Built at the cost of $470 million, a new waste-to-energy facility serving the Washington, D.C. metro area will provide a wastewater plant with a new way to power some of its operations — up to a third of its total power needs, in fact, or enough to electrify 10,500 homes.

A Greenpeace campaign pressures Nestle (successfully) to source sustainable palm oil.

The Messy Business of Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil supply chains span the globe, and palm oil is hidden in half of the packaged products at the grocery store. TriplePundit’s editor in chief Jen Boynton sheds some light on the complicated process of making palm oil more sustainable.

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IMF Managing Director Calls for Carbon Tax

The IMF has become the latest advocate for a new twist on financial reform as its managing director, Christine Lagarde, has added her voice to the global chorus calling for a carbon tax.


Lipsticks, Burgers, Orangutans and Climate Change

Countless agricultural commodities form the building blocks of thousands of products that are manufactured and traded globally by corporations. Over the past decades, the demand for agricultural produce for feed, fuel and food purposes has been a key driver of degradation and deforestation and responsible for over 50 percent of it.

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Why We Need Science-Based Targets at COP21

In advance of COP21, countries have come forward with voluntary targets, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. But by and large, those targets have not been sufficiently aggressive to achieve the overall levels of reduction needed. We might need the strong hand of mandates.

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PHA Bioplastic: The best possible use of food waste

How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is doing just that. Whether driven by the desire to be gold star eco-citizens or because they hope to succeed where others have failed, Brian and Ian with Full Cycle Bioplastics shared their team’s award-winning plan with me and at SXSW Eco this week.

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Climate Change Could Turn the Horn of Africa into a Drier, More Unstable Region

According to a report issued by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Ethiopia, along with its neighbors on the Horn of Africa, Djibouti and Somalia, could be in for a long-term struggle with climate change. Evidence suggests the region has actually become drier over the past 100 years — and will continue to become drier and warmer in the coming years.

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Ambitious California Renewables Legislation Signed Into Law

Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown during a ceremony this week at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, Senate Bill 350 mandates that California produce half of its electricity from renewables such as solar and wind power by 2030.


Wilderness in the Age of Man

In “Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man” Jason Mark explores the meaning of our connection to nature in the modern world.