In an odd sort of “budget-hawkery,” the U.S. House budget moves to scrap renewable energy programs while calling for a half trillion dollar colony on Mars.
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.
Heavy lobbying from the German automobile industry caused German Chancellor Angela Merkel to oppose new EU carbon regulation. It was pretty interesting to see that auto companies whom we usually hear about in the context of radical innovation in mobility, bold sustainability strategy or partnerships with carpooling ventures are also lobbying against tougher climate regulation.
An Israeli agro-tech company has come up with a novel solution to diminish the use of chemical pesticides on fruits and vegetables: Spray them with pest-fighting vegetable oils!
New USDA standards for food and beverage sold in school vending machines that were prepared in collaboration with the food industry bring to mind two questions – first, is regulation really better than the voluntary model? And second, can the magic of government and industry collaborating together for the public benefit work outside the school cafeteria?
American utilities are under siege from disruptive forces from rooftop solar to static energy demand – it’s time to change the business model.
Around the world, small-scale, bottom-up efforts to fight desertification are having an outsized impact. World Vision Australia has trained thousands of farmers to work around the trees, capture scarce rainwater, and improve pruning and harvesting of branches and leaves. These practices have improved levels of groundwater, increased crop yields, produced more fertile soil and fodder for livestock, and had an impact on policy.
Fast food chains Wendy’s and White Castle, together with the National Council of Chain Restaurants, lobbied to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard. They contend that fuel manufactured from corn, soy, and other agricultural crops pushes food and commodity prices up.
Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to get New Yorkers to recycle their food waste could become an important part of Bloomberg’s legacy in the city, but its impact might be even more substantial as it demonstrates the need for systematic changes in our unsustainable lifestyle.
Convenience improves sales of green products, from fruit in schools to solar energy systems to recycling cellular phones.