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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Asian Energy Expansion Means We’re Probably Too Late to Avert Climate Change Disruption

Home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and populations, an energy forecast for Southeast Asia bode ill for efforts to curtail fossil fuel emissions. Coal-fired power generation is projected to account from nearly 60% of new power generation among ASEAN countries while dependence on imported oil will double as the regional economy triples and population grows 25% to 2035, according to an IEA rep.

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SXSWeco Interview: Val Fishman, BEF

Of particular interest at SXSWeco this year has been the issue of water.  I sat down with Val Fishman, BEF’s VP of corporate partnerships  to learn a little but more about  how BEF’s various projects are having a positive impact on global water issues and specifically the Colorado River watershed.

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The Rise of Indoor Cropping

As growers look for protection from an unpredictable climate, has the time come to take food production indoors? Tess Riley reports.

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SXSWeco Interview: Jed Davis, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

The nearly 100 year old coop has always operated under principals that we might call a part of “sustainability” today, whether they’ve chosen to explicitly talk about it or not. I had a chance to talk to Cabot’s Director of Sustainability, Jed Davis about how the company thinks about sustainability and what they’re doing to advance it.

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Landfill-Derived Natural Gas Now Available For Your Car

A company in California called Clean Energy Fuels is taking landfill methane and making it available for natural gas powered vehicles through a network of 35 filling stations across California. The new fuel will be called Redeem and according to the press release, it is 90% cleaner than diesel, and 100% renewable. The company’s goal is to produce 15 million gallons in its first year.

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Interview: IKEA Unveils New Sustainability Strategy

Mike Ward, President of IKEA USA gave the keynote address at the 6th Annual Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conference in Orlando, earlier this week, where he unveiled IKEA’s sustainability strategy. I caught up with Ward a couple of days later, to discuss the new strategy in more detail.

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Task Force to Explore Use of Montreal Protocol to Phase-Down HFCs

On September 27, U.S. President Barack Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss how to improve ties on a number of issues between the countries, including how to support efforts to phase-down the super greenhouse gases HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons).

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Is Divestment from Fossil Fuels a Sound Financial Play?

Divestment from fossil fuels makes a strong political statement, but the markets are not always the right place to make such a bold case. In current economic times, however, portfolios can benefit from such a move while advancing the health of our environment.

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Abengoa Secures Financing to Complete Europe’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Complex

At 100 MW and producing at half-planned capacity — enough to supply some 104,000 households — Abengoa secured financing to complete the Extremadura Solar Complex, good news for Spain’s beleaguered solar and renewable energy industry. Set to be the largest concentrating solar power facility in Europe, the CSP facility in Extremadura will help Spain avoid carbon emissions and meet EU renewable energy targets.