The first years of this century saw an enormous land grab in the developing world: 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was bought or leased by speculators. This often occurred at the expense of food security and land rights.
Category: 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.
The Earth loses 50 soccer fields’ worth of forest land every minute of every day, according to data from the University of Maryland and Google. But a joint effort from the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google and a group of 40 other businesses, governments and nonprofits aims to reduce that staggering statistic. Last week, the team of public-private partners launched Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system that seeks to reduce deforestation and improve forest management worldwide.
A California city government enacting a strict energy efficient building code and installing electric vehicle charging stations, a wireless provider reducing its carbon footprint by more than 18 percent and a university campus with 19 LEED-certified buildings – these were just a few of the winners of this year’s Climate Leadership Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Announced Wednesday, 19 awards recognized 15 organizations and two individuals in both the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil’s chairman and CEO, is part of a lawsuit seeking to block construction of a 160-foot water tower adjacent to his and his wife’s Bartonville, Texas home. The tower will supply water to a nearby hydraulic fracturing site.
The jury might still be out on when the world will run out of oil, but the rising human and economic costs associated with climate change, air pollution and overall environmental decline are accelerating the world towards a low-carbon economy. In recognition of this reality, a half-dozen investors recently filed shareholder resolutions with 10 fossil fuel companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron, seeking an explanation of their strategies for competing in a low-carbon global market.
FoodPornIndex.com is a new website showing hashtags and mentions of 24 different food items on social media, where half are vegetables and fruits and half are mostly junk foods. Visitors can see the number of mentions for each item, as well as a tally for each group. As of last weekend, the unhealthy foods counted for 72.2 percent of the mentions online while the healthy foods counted for only 27.8 percent. Will this website be able to change this balance of power?
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just set out on a new venture, investing $53 million of his own money to try and do something about the sorry state of the world’s fisheries.
Instead of going into a traditional MBA domain, my wife and I chose instead to start a cleaning company because it was very simple–remove dirt. We now see cleaning as a practice–a practice in love and empathy, a practice in making a difference, cleaning the intangible, shifting paradigms, crossing thresholds and boundaries, facing and cleaning messes, experiencing humility as prerequisite for wisdom and innovation and a host of other practices. I now see cleaning as a simple and practical model that at least complements the models I studied in MBA class.
Tulane University announced on Monday that it would offer a $1M prize for a scalable, market-driven solution to the “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.
Speaking against the backdrop of one of the worst droughts in California history, President Barack Obama on Friday announced plans to pitch to Congress a $1 billion climate change resilience fund intended to help communities facing climate change-induced negative weather.
Sewage is rarely thought of as a valuable resource, but the Green Urine campaign in Amsterdam aims to change that–by utilizing urine for phosphate fertilizer and raising awareness of its benefits.
The 62.5-megawatt peak power wave energy generation project will be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia, using the PowerBuoy wave energy converter technology of Ocean Power Technologies (OPT).