Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.
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.
Thanks to an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, California is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. But the state has a dirty little secret for keeping wildfires at bay: recruiting prison laborers.
What does it take to make a shift in sustainable fashion and turn a plastic bottle into gorgeous couture dresses? Dutch entrepreneur Monique Maissan has the answer.
Follow these simple suggestions to help your business cut down on its travel emissions. Doing so could not only boost employee morale, but also get some tax breaks for your business.
Hunting the king of the jungle is a lucrative business in many African countries, but social and environmental consequences are severe. The Kariba REDD+ project in Zimbabwe now shows a much more promising path: sustainable income generation, biodiversity protection and the reduction of greenhouse gases.
It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.
The pope was right to call for a more ethical sustainable development that can meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment. He was wrong, however, to fault reliance on economic incentives as a way to deal with climate change.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
Global smartphone sales reached 1 billion in 2013 and 1.2 billion in 2014. By comparison, television sales may fall to below 200 million this year. There are profound trends in the works in the IT industry as our gadgets become increasingly mobile and sophisticated, with users demanding huge energy efficiency gains.
The California drought’s impacts on agriculture, water systems and infrastructure are well known. Now new research demonstrates that there is a negative carbon impact too – and that this may continue for several years.
The U.S.-Iran deal may offer a surprising boost to the international divestment campaign, a growing social movement that seeks to persuade investors to sell their stocks in fossil fuel companies.
From the love of the outdoors and a dream to create a more sustainable world, Warren Neilson and Joel Cesare created StokeShare: a marketplace that allows you to experience any outdoor activity you can think of without the expensive cost of gear. Rachel Odenweller of Near Me sat down with Neilson to talk about how StokeShare came about, as well as his goals for the future.
The solar giant just completed the 1.2 million-square-foot shell for a manufacturing plant that near the Buffalo River. The $900 million factory is the centerpiece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development plan, that he calls the Buffalo Billion.