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.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, the new book by Michael Moss has an interesting CSR angle – no matter how you look it, this story is not just about salt, sugar and fat, but also about corporate responsibility, or more accurately about the lack of it.
Michelle Obama’s column “The Business Case for Healthier Food Options” tries to show CEOs and Wall-Street the business case for doing the right thing. However, while she made a pretty good case, I doubt the target audience of this column will take it seriously.
Shell has been known for exercising foresight through their extensive, and carefully considered scenario planning efforts for forty years. Their latest report, which was just released last week, contained a combination of good news and bad news.
This year (2013) marks the International Year of Water Cooperation. As countries and corporations vie for control over precious water resources, is it right for companies to have a say in how the planet’s valuable water resources are managed, distributed and restricted?
Last week the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute announced the round-one winners of the Student Design Challenge. The three teams designed a water filter based on fish gills, a produce chiller inspired by honeybees, and a farming strategy for the driest desert in the world.
Ready to throw in the towel when it comes to getting people to change their recycling habits, Houston officials have decided to reach out for a technological fix instead. The Total Reuse—One Bin For All initiative was Houston’s entry in the Mayor’s Challenge, a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition.
Since California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases officially entered into force this year, many have focused on its cost to businesses – particularly energy companies and industry. However, California consumers will actually start seeing some rewards – even in disadvantaged communities.
There are many reasons to oppose exporting U.S. coal to Asia, including huge health, safety and environmental risks. But what if the entire underlying economic rationale—China’s supposed insatiable demand for U.S. coal exports— now no longer exists?
Food waste recycling at a military base could help save endangered butterfly, with a new project using biomass and food waste compost to raise rare plants for the larvae to feed on.
Royal Dutch Shell , the megalithic energy company announced this week that it was curtailing all Arctic operation for the year 2013.After staying away from the Arctic for more than a decade, Shell returned in 2012 to drill two wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, only to have as many ships suffer serious accidents in the process of moving to and from the oil fields. These events underscore the challenges and risk underlying exploration in these waters, which pose at least as many risks, given the perils of ice, as drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Federal subsidies and state level renewable energy mandates have helped solar energy in Texas somewhat. But neither is enough to overcome the economic realities of energy production in the largely deregulated state.
At the 2013 Climate Leadership Conference in DC, Rod West, Executive Vice President at Entergy Corporation urged the 450 attendees to stop focusing on converting people to climate change believers and start focusing on the cost of doing nothing. “I could give a rat’s cheek whether you’re a true believer – as a business people … Continued