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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The Problem with Coca Cola Enterprises’ ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ Campaign

Hearing about Coca Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) new sustainability initiative in the UK designed to boost the reuse and recycling of plastic bottles, my expectations were pretty high. After all CCE, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Western Europe, is known to be taking sustainability seriously and is even considered one of the leaders in exploring consumer behavior change. Unfortunately I was dead wrong. If ‘Recycle for the Future’ was all about the future of using brand marketing to encourage recycling, ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ campaign is all about the past and not necessarily in a good way.

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California Moves Forward on Energy Storage

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision this week that will guide power companies towards an increased utilization of energy storage. The proposed framework lays out both a timeline and a set of goals that will, according to Energy Storage North America (ESNA), “jump start the market for energy storage solutions” in this … Continued

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Can Wheat Straw Paper Really Save Forests?

The idea of a tree-free paper is tantalizing; but could it really scale and become a viable alternative the way Harrelson and Step Forward promise?

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GMO Activists Take Labeling Battle to Washington State

After the narrow defeat of California’s genetically modified (GMO) labeling ballot initiative, Prop 37, supporters vowed to fight on. They shifted their focus to other states, including Washington, where residents will decide the fate of a similar ballot initiative called I-522 on November 5.

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How to Address Economic & Environmental Problems in One Shot

Public and private sector policies and actions centered firmly on climate change mitigation and adaptation offer us the ways and means to address twin economic and ecological crises facing U.S. society, and in a way that can reconcile the inherent short- and long-term trade-offs by addressing job creation, growing disparities in economic and social inequality, and the growing threats to ecological sustainability in American society, three foundation stones for the environmental justice movement.

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Fracking Hits Property Values

Fracking is creating a new world of murky uncertainties around home lending, refinancing and the real estate market in general.

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Europe’s Stranded Assets: Cautionary Tale for Global Investors

Do your investments have exposure to assets linked to fossil fuel extraction and power generation? The recent closure of several large fossil fuel-powered plants in Europe demonstrates the risk for CO2-emitting assets to become stranded in a carbon constrained world.

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Interview: Benzi Ronen on New Farmigo Champions and Food Communities

Farmigo is getting ready for its next evolutionary step, enabling entrepreneurs, or Champions, as Farmigo calls them, to start their own Food Communities. To learn more about the new program, I talked with Benzi Ronen, Farmigo’s co-founder and CEO.