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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A Paradigm Shift in EU Climate Policy

A rejection by the European Parliament to reduce supply in the European emissions trading system means European carbon prices will remain low in the long term. This article lays out the factors which led to the current situation and the implications for other carbon markets.

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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: Back to the Roots

In 2009, when most college seniors were hoping to find any kind of employment, Back to the Roots Ventures (BTTR) co-founders decided to take a risk. The UC Berkeley students turned down lucrative jobs in management consulting and investment banking to become urban mushroom farmers. Specifically, mushroom farmers that grow gourmet mushrooms from coffee waste.

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Fair Trade USA Sets Sights on Cotton

Fair Trade USA has achieved a great milestone of 10 percent of cotton is Fair Trade certified. To move forward, Fair Trade USA Apparel and Linens could review three main areas of improvement: communication, impact assessment and attribution, and technology.

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Interview: Steve Howard, CSO, IKEA Talks Textiles

IKEA’s Greentech venture arm, along with Nike, has invested in a startup called Dyecoo. Dyecoo has developed a system to dye textiles using supercritical carbon dioxide – completely eliminating water from the process.

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Interview: Fared Adib, SVP Product, Sprint

The good news is that Sprint has managed to take back 40% of the phones they sell every year and is steadily improving that ratio with an aim to hit 90% it by 2017.

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Does Outside Aid Offer a True Water Crisis Solution in Africa or Mask a Deeper Problem?

East Africa has 187 km3 of renewable freshwater resources per year, yet governments and organizations are in a crusade against the odds to provide water to its inhabitants. The government’s receptiveness to any outside aid and favorable conditions in the economy made it propitious to innumerous NGOs, international organizations and social businesses to attempt to alleviate the issue. Are these external pursuits only patching holes or are they contributing to a brighter future?

The Politicization of Climate Reignites Environmental Advocates

Amid a backdrop of severe and often catastrophic weather events in 2012, the environmental grassroots reignited around climate change. The politicization of climate will direct activism in the next couple of months. Some environmental stakeholders, dismayed by 2012’s climate silence, will look to leapfrog to a zero-carbon economy; others will look for easier wins through the EPA and by pressuring companies to adopt stricter procurement standards.

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LifeStraw Turns Dirty Water Clean

LifeStraw units remove 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of parasites, cleaning water for drinking in Kenya and the Congo. The company distributes units to those in need, and then earns carbon credits when they can prove their product has reduced greenhouse gas emissions.