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.

Global warming

Citizen Hansen Continues to Battle Climate Change

Dr. James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, is continuing to warn the public of the dangers of climate change even as he retires from public service.

Genetically-modified maize. Petri dish containing sprouting genetically-modified (GM) maize kernels (Zea mays). Maize, commonly known as corn, is grown for food in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Genetic modification of plants involves altering their DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), the chemical which controls every part of an organism's growth and development. This modification may give the plant desirable characteristics, such as resistance to disease and herbicides. In this case the maize plant has been modified to improve its resistance to glyphosinate-type weedkillers. It is controversial whether GM foods are safe to eat.

Genetic Modification: Time for a More Nuanced Debate

The more nuanced aspects of the GM debate are beginning to find voice. Leading environmentalists, including two of the UK’s highest profile ones, Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, say that their minds are not closed as to the future of GM.

USA Canadian border

Coal Port Sponsors Encounter the Global Village

You might think that the only way these massive coal port projects can be stopped is by an equally massive force. Yet, that is not the case. It’s an executive in Korea, Native-Americans in Washington, lots of people protesting online, and a waitress in White Rock stirring up people who live 100 miles away. It takes the global village.

oil spill

Media Quiet on Arkansas Spill as Keystone Hangs in the Balance

As the whole world watches and waits to see if President Obama is going to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, no one is saying anything about the huge spill that just occurred from Keystone’s predecessor last week, the 65 year-old Pegasus pipeline that runs through central Arkansas.

landfill

The UK Landfill Tax Sets the Standard for a Carbon Tax

Looking at the carbon tax debate – what we can learn from other nations who decided an environmental tax can actually help solve a problem? A good example is the UK landfill tax that was introduced in 1996 by no other than the Conservatives, becoming UK’s first environmental tax.

Carbon pollution

Why We Need A Price on Carbon

Last week, ThinkProgress posted a video that talked about how the storms, wildfires, droughts, and “weather on steroids” that are being caused by carbon emissions are costing serious money. Is the answer a carbon tax?

Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York: First State to Caution Investors About Climate Change

If you’re interested in buying New York bonds, the state wants you to know that “climate change poses a long-term risk to the state’s finances.” Sounds reasonable, right? After all Hurricane Sandy wasn’t that long ago. Well, not so fast say rating agencies. A senior executive at Standard & Poor’s said he has “a hard time finding a direct relationship for climate change on New York State’s economy at this point.” Another senior executive at Moody’s explained that FEMA mitigates the risk by picking up the bill when big natural disaster events happen. In other words, investors in NY bonds shouldn’t worry too much about climate change.