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.


COP 19 in Warsaw Overshadowed by Coal

The COP 19 climate conference in Warsaw, Poland might not have been very effective, but it sure was interesting. For many, it was defined by the presence of Poland’s fossil fuel industry. Here is a look at how Poland is doubling down on coal use and possible shale gas development, plus the country’s carbon emissions and what a few regular Polish citizens think of all this.

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Sierra Nevada Saves More Than $5M Diverting 99.8% of Waste

Next time you pop open a Pale Ale, you can feel a little less guilty (not that you ever should). Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced last week that it now diverts 99.8 percent of its waste, earning it the first platinum certification from the US Zero Waste Business Council.


Ontario, Canada Moves Toward Outlawing Coal Power Plants

The Canadian province of Ontario is pushing legislation that would outlaw the use of coal for power generation. As part of that plan, last week it announced the end of two of its coal-burning plants – with more closures to come.

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Forget Sustainable Consumption. Focus on Sustainable Citizenship

While the sustainable business world keeps focusing on ways to increase sustainable consumption as a path to a more sustainable future, when we look at reality we see a clear pattern – systemic changes that make or will make a difference are derived by sustainable citizenship, not sustainable consumption.

Coal Industry Rallies Against Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

Nearly 3,000 miners and workers from across the coal industry descended on Capitol Hill late last month to protest President Obama’s alleged “War on Coal” — more specifically the carbon emission rules the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released for new power plants, and will release for existing plants in 2014.

The rules, pursuant of the Clean Air Act, cap carbon emissions at future coal-fired power plants at 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for new natural gas power plants. With the average coal-fired power plant emitting around 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, naturally the Coal Lobby was displeased.

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Hawaii Council Passes Bill to Ban GMO Cultivation

The Hawaii County Council, the governing council for Hawaii Island, voted 6 to 3 for a bill that bans genetically modified organisms (GMO) from being grown on the island.


Mexico to Follow Carbon Tax with Region’s First Carbon Offset Market

Launched by Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and wholesale financial markets broker SIF ICAP, the MEXICO2 platform seeks to promote and foster private and public sector investment and collaboration in climate change mitigation initiatives that reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable forestry and agricultural projects.

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Yet Another Way to Put Wastewater to Work

The South African company Sasol has teamed up with GE Power & Water to develop a new wastewater treatment system for recovering biogas from industrial wastewater.

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Combating Rising Sea Levels – Can Sustainable Energy Help?

The recent IPCC summary update and supporting documents on the science of climate change highlight how much the sea buffers us from the impact of climate warming. What are the options for a sustainable future, based on the learnings from the update?