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.

Scientists generally agree that burning fossil fuels has caused atmospheric CO2 levels to rise which has in turn resulted in perilous climate changes.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Approach Record High 400ppm

For the first time in human history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide could rise above 400 parts per million throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere as soon as May 2013.

The latest CO2 measurement was taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii and reported by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a research center at the University of San Diego that tracks increases in atmospheric CO2 levels.

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What a Dish! Solar Energy Alchemy Creates Water

Two-for-one is usually a superior deal, especially when it comes to renewable energy and efficiency. And that’s what is happening with a new solar dish that does what solar installations do, convert sunlight into power, but with an interesting twist: clean water. The efficiency of the typical solar installation ranges from 10 to 20 percent, … Continued

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Shell Oil : Natural Gas Best Opportunity For Carbon Reduction

A company such as Shell has to operate on the basis of where the technical skills are and drive the objective of CO2 reduction in a way that has the most impact according to those technical capabilities. Shell believes to achieve real carbon reductions over several decades, their best contribution is to increase the balance of natural gas over other fossil fuels.

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The Entire World is a Stakeholder on Water Scarcity

Water scarcity is prevalent in some developing countries and regions, like sub-Saharan Africa and southeastern Asia, but it is also beginning to affect areas in the U.S., like San Diego. As the population grows and available fresh water declines, the problem will only get worse.

The City by the Bay now diverts from the landfill some 80 percent of its waste - more than any other city in the U.S.

San Francisco Achieves Highest Recycling Rate in U.S.

San Francisco might be known for its foggy weather, winning sports teams and progressive politics, but it can now add another badge to its collection – being the best at recycling. Through source reduction, reuse and mandatory recycling and composting programs, the City by the Bay now diverts from the landfill some 80 percent of its waste.

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The Power of Green Shows that Small Actions Can Add Up to a Big Difference

Last week, the latest attempt to show that “one act of green can unleash a wave of positive change” was launched by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF), a membership organization for Fortune 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to environment as a business strategy issue.

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Is Environmental Optimism Finally Growing?

A study shows that informing people about the expected impacts of climate change had no effect on their positions. What did change their position was thinking about how limiting greenhouse-gas emissions might promote interpersonal warmth and scientific and technological progress. Bain’s research shows that approaches based on hope work far better than fear.

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A Paradigm Shift in EU Climate Policy

A rejection by the European Parliament to reduce supply in the European emissions trading system means European carbon prices will remain low in the long term. This article lays out the factors which led to the current situation and the implications for other carbon markets.

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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: Back to the Roots

In 2009, when most college seniors were hoping to find any kind of employment, Back to the Roots Ventures (BTTR) co-founders decided to take a risk. The UC Berkeley students turned down lucrative jobs in management consulting and investment banking to become urban mushroom farmers. Specifically, mushroom farmers that grow gourmet mushrooms from coffee waste.

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Fair Trade USA Sets Sights on Cotton

Fair Trade USA has achieved a great milestone of 10 percent of cotton is Fair Trade certified. To move forward, Fair Trade USA Apparel and Linens could review three main areas of improvement: communication, impact assessment and attribution, and technology.

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Interview: Steve Howard, CSO, IKEA Talks Textiles

IKEA’s Greentech venture arm, along with Nike, has invested in a startup called Dyecoo. Dyecoo has developed a system to dye textiles using supercritical carbon dioxide – completely eliminating water from the process.

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Interview: Fared Adib, SVP Product, Sprint

The good news is that Sprint has managed to take back 40% of the phones they sell every year and is steadily improving that ratio with an aim to hit 90% it by 2017.