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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The State of the Earth’s Forests

While deforestation continues to impact forestry worldwide, the picture is not as bleak as it first appears. Here’s why.

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Is There a Business Case for Selling Ugly Fruit and Vegetables?

When was the last time you bought ugly fruit or vegetables? A misshapen cucumber, a deformed carrot, or a discolored zucchini? You probably have hard time remembering because these sorts of ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables are screened and thrown away before they reach the supermarket’s shelves to ensure customers see only fruits and vegetables with perfect shape, size, and color. A growing number of entrepreneurs and organizations to look for ways to change this unsustainable reality.

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Safe Water Network: Activating Consumer Demand to Secure Safe Water

Despite much progress, nearly 800 million people still lack access to safe water. It isn’t for lack of trying, and a diversity of those efforts was recently discussed at World Water Week in Stockholm. One argument is that there is a fundamental disconnect between the well-intentioned benefactor and the communities they hope to impact. Bridging … Continued

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Canadian Pipeline Sheds Light on Ecological Impacts of Keystone XL

If President Obama was looking for data and proof that the oil sands extraction process would affect climate change, he needn’t have looked any further than Vancouver, BC, Canada, where last year, Canada’s preeminent policy think tank, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), published its own report detailing the potential effects of another Canadian oil sands endeavor, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Plastic-Dissolving Spray Could Shrink Landfills

PlasTek, a plastic-dissolving spray, was the brain child of some BYU students, and now it is poised to reduce landfill volume, degrade plastics in 12-36 months (as opposed to centuries) and generate methane for conversion to clean energy use.

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Sierra Club Climate Change Report Flunks Keystone XL

Sierra Club’s well-packed 17-page report, Fail: Why Keystone XL Flunks the Test, is an expository on the many ways that TransCanada’s south-bound pipeline would worsen climate change, and the risks inherent in supporting the project. But does it go far enough?

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The Problem with Coca Cola Enterprises’ ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ Campaign

Hearing about Coca Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) new sustainability initiative in the UK designed to boost the reuse and recycling of plastic bottles, my expectations were pretty high. After all CCE, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Western Europe, is known to be taking sustainability seriously and is even considered one of the leaders in exploring consumer behavior change. Unfortunately I was dead wrong. If ‘Recycle for the Future’ was all about the future of using brand marketing to encourage recycling, ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ campaign is all about the past and not necessarily in a good way.

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California Moves Forward on Energy Storage

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision this week that will guide power companies towards an increased utilization of energy storage. The proposed framework lays out both a timeline and a set of goals that will, according to Energy Storage North America (ESNA), “jump start the market for energy storage solutions” in this … Continued

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Can Wheat Straw Paper Really Save Forests?

The idea of a tree-free paper is tantalizing; but could it really scale and become a viable alternative the way Harrelson and Step Forward promise?