It’s not unusual to hear people, usually change-resistant defenders of the status quo, putting down renewables as being not economically viable, because they would not be able to compete in the marketplace without the aid of government subsidies. How are these people misinformed? If I may borrow the famous phrase from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Let me count the ways.”
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.
Offering commuter benefits, including telecommuting, will be legally required of San Francisco Bay Area employers with over 50 people.
The framework, which was presented last week at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the U.N. was quite simple: All we need to do to offset the worst impacts of climate change is to add $1 trillion in clean energy investment per year through 2050. Is it doable?
Dow Chemical’s Sochi Olympics Sustainability Program will utilize canola seeds with increased yields and lower water and fertilizer needs.
BP released its fourth annual BP Energy Outlook which predicts that global carbon dioxide emissions from energy use will increase by 29 percent by 2035.
More than a century after the “Great White Fleet” ushered in a new era of U.S. involvement in global affairs, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that Navy would demonstrate and then deploy a “Great Green Fleet” – a carrier strike group fueled by alternative energy sources. Mabus described embracing biofuels as an economic and military imperative, but is it feasible on a large scale?
After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”
We have now entered the age of the Anthropocene, where humans dominate the earth. Our collective activities are causing great changes even to the climate. Agriculture is both the most common expression of this dominance and the human activity most impacted by the changes. If agriculture is to survive in the Anthropocene, it must develop new sustainability characteristics.
Last week, the European Union joined the US and China in pushing for a limited ban on the use of appliances that rely upon hydroflurocarbons (HFC), or “super greenhouse gases.” It’s a controversial move, and one that might just encourage other countries to take stronger steps toward HFC phase-down.