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.
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During his inaugural address back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown called for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. The clean energy plan “is economically sound, environmentally beneficial and achievable,” according to a detailed analysis and policy guidance report from Strategen Consulting.
Five hundred “eco-friendly” food carts are going to hit the streets of New York City, but the picture is a little more complicated than it appears.
The Forests Dialogue launched its first of a series of field dialogues on understanding “deforestation-free” commitments in Riau Province, Indonesia. As stated by Andika Putraditama of World Resources Institute, one of the co-chairs of the meeting: “A big challenge is that key stakeholders on the ground don’t interpret the goal [of deforestation-free] and how to get there in the same way. This dialogue helps us understand issues faced by the people who are implementing and are directly affected by the pledges.”
Telecommuting started to become popular during the 1990s. Employers quickly discovered that they could both reduce costs and increase employee satisfaction through allowing them to telecommute to work. Online learning offers similar benefits to the organization and individuals involved. However, there are extra benefits to online learning for the environment.
A few weeks ago, Mother Jones published an investigation into Starbucks’ bottled water brand, Ethos Water, revealing that it is bottled in Merced, California, ranked as being in “exceptional drought.” This week, the company announced it would move bottling operations from California to Pennsylvania, but the new location also poses problems.
In a shocking development, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, headed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Texas), submitted a new budget for NASA that would cut the earth science budget by $300 million. Ironically, this is happening at a time when NASA just reported that atmospheric carbon dioxide has exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human history.
Each winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize is something of an environmental hero: Some faced death threats, prison or loss of livelihood for standing up for their communities’ safety and survival. And in every case, the adversary was their own governments. Read on to meet them.
Israeli transplant Yeloha has raised more than $3.5 million and launched a solar-sharing service that could pave the way for renters and property owners to share the many benefits of clean, renewable solar energy generation.
California’s cap-and-trade program has $832 million earmarked for energy efficiency, public transit, affordable housing and other projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At least 25 percent of the funds are required to be invested in the state’s most disadvantaged communities, such as Fresno’s Roosevelt neighborhood.
For those of us who are or have indulged in gardening, misshapen fruits and vegetables can be one of the joys of growing your own food. But as a society, something gets lost in translation when we go to the local supermarket or warehouse store: We expect our fruits and vegetables to be uniform in color, size and texture. To that end, the Oakland, California, startup Imperfect Foods is trying to change attitudes toward funny-looking fruits and vegetables while increasing waste diversion.
Oregon was on the leading edge of domestic climate policy in the late ’90s with the nation’s first carbon dioxide regulation, but it has not kept pace, admitting failure on its own climate impact goals established in 2007. There are several promising Oregon bills that would bring the state back to the forefront of climate action.
It may seem a touch hyperbolic to say that mobile apps and video games can have any impact on the environment, but in fact, that is the very goal of numerous apps now available for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The idea is simple: Through gamification, an app can promote sustainability, recycling and other green initiatives.
For a few rare companies, achieving zero waste within their own operations simply isn’t enough – they set their sights on waste reduction throughout their entire value chain, and better still, aim to influence their industry at large.