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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Urine-to-Fertilizer Campaign Launches in Amsterdam

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.


Lockheed Martin Riding a Big Wave Energy Project

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).

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Coal vs. Solar: Considering All the Costs

Two new reports find that the BLM is shortchanging the public on federal land sales, benefiting coal companies. How does this change the energy subsidy debate?

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Informal Networks Provide Essential Services in Cities

In cities across the world, people are coming together in informal networks to deliver services in waste collection, water supply and community welfare that officials fail to deliver. It’s time to recognize their value, says Ben Goldfarb.


New Partnership Aims to Put a Hero In Every Teapot

A new Forum for the Future initiative forms partnership with major tea companies for developing sustainable tea as a “hero crop” with a new report, The Future of Tea – A Hero Crop for 2030.

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Electric Vehicle Performance Found to Slide in Winter

Hybrids don’t do as well in winter for reasons ranging from modified winter gasoline formulations, to increased stationary warm-up time, to increased heater usage, to reduced battery performance in cold weather. A recent report in MIT Technology Review claims that the situation gets even worse when moving from hybrids to all-electrics. But before we snow on the EV parade, let’s ask how serious these cold weather drawbacks actually are.


Clean Cookstove Opportunity Remains Unfulfilled

We have written before about the challenges and opportunities surrounding the simple act of cooking in the developing world, where some 20 percent of all their energy is consumed preparing daily meals. Most cooking in these areas is done using wood or charcoal, often burned in open fire pits.

All totaled, cooking causes some 4 million deaths every year, all for the lack of a better alternative. United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), T. Alexander Aleinikoff, says that despite a steady stream of innovative new stoves being offered, he has yet to see one that fully meets the needs of the population.

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Redefining Fresh? Subway Removes a Chemical From Its Bread After Public Outcry

Subway recently announced that it will remove Azodicarbonamide, a chemical used in yoga mats, shoe rubber and synthetic leather, from its bread. While the shift came after a blogger’s petition for the removal of the chemical went viral, the sandwich chain chose to ignore the petition in its statement.


How the Sochi Olympic Winter Games Went Carbon Neutral

With the Sochi Olympic Winter Games upon us, athletes and fans around the world are now captivated with one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Although this heightened activity can also be associated with an emissions burden from the organization and staging of such a massive event, an innovative partnership has been formulated to ensure that this facet of the games brings yet another positive to the legacy of the Olympics at large.

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Interview: Cisco and AGT Launch Strategic Partnership on Smart Cities

Cisco has been working in the smart cities space for seven years now — providing services including traffic management, parking assistance, waste management, pollution reduction, virtualized learning, security and health care.

This week they took another major step, announcing a strategic partnership with AGT International — a solutions provider that works specifically in the smart cities space, where they have fielded an impressive array of solutions ranging from law enforcement, to environmental monitoring to citizen services.


Smart Energy Storage Becomes the New Power Source

Fossil fuels have long held an advantage over renewables in that they provide a combined energy source and storage medium in one substance, be it gasoline, coal, oil or natural gas. The fact that you can save it, store it, then use it continuously whenever you need it is a tremendous convenience.

That gap is now being reduced with the advent of combined solar-storage systems. These new systems not only match the capability of fossil fuels, but can actually go them one better. How?