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.

Studies: Number of Rural Firefighters Dropping, Megafires Increasing

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.

The Decline and Fall of the Coal Empire

The transition from woodcutting to coal mining as the main source of heat was part of an early British economic revolution. But all kings must eventually fall.

Haute Couture Fabrics from Plastic Waste

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.

Cecil the Lion and the Link Between Wildlife Conservation and Carbon Emissions

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.

SolarCity’s New GivePower Foundation Brings Light to Schools in Need

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.

Pope Francis Is Right on Climate Dangers, Wrong on Policy Options

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.

Ikea Eliminates CFL Light Bulbs

By Sept. 1, Ikea will only sell LED light bulbs and lighting, the company announced on Monday. The announced fulfills a commitment made in 2012.

The Real Environmental Cost of Fashion

A new report by Rainforest Action Network traces tree-based fabric production back to deforestation and human rights violations risks.

More Drought = More CO2

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.

Sharing Economy Comes to Outdoor Gear

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.

SolarCity’s Buffalo Boom Brightens Local Economy

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.