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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Cargill Cattle Plant Closes: Global Warming Casualty?

When Cargill announced the closing of its Plainview, Texas, cattle operation, they cited a record low cattle supply as the result of the region’s severe drought. Though scientific models don’t yet have the precision to directly tie a particular weather event, be it a storm or a drought to global warming trends, there is plenty of evidence indicating that drought is increasing.

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Coca-Cola Sued Over Sugar-Laden vitaminwater

Coca-Cola is being sued over their advertising campaign that holds vitaminwater up as a healthy drink (which it isn’t). The beverage giant’s surprising defense is that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage.”

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Coca-Cola and WWF Partner on Arctic Ice Region

Coca-Cola and World Wildlife Fund partner again to promote the second Arctic Home campaign. Coca-Cola is committed to matching up to $1 million in donations through February 15, 2013.

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Behind Coca-Cola’s New Anti-Obesity Campaign

Coca-Cola’s new campaign to fight obesity rings hollow. The company tries to promote the idea that all calories are the same, so drinking soda is no worse than consuming the same number of calories in a piece of fruit, despite evidence to the contrary.

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Direct Public Offerings: Allowing the Community to Invest

A new alternative way of accessing capital is through Direct Public Offerings. A less traditional source of funding, a DPO allows businesses and nonprofits to raise money from community investors. Moving from fast return and exit plans to value-alignment and community involvement, these companies are showing us the new way for the community to support their favorite companies, financially.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to L.A. Clean Truck Program

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trucking industry challenge to rules that Los Angeles adopted five years ago designed to curb truck emissions at the nation’s busiest port. The question centers on whether cities and states have authority to limit pollution from trucks moving long-haul cargo.

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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Thinks Climate Change is Not Necessarily Bad

Whole Foods cofounder and CEO John Mackey told Mother Jones in an interview that “climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad,” seemingly suggesting that climate change might be even a good thing as “most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend.”

While the New York Times says the closure of its environment desk will not affect coverage, others remain unconvinced.

Concern Remains as NY Times Downplays Significance of Environment Desk Closure

The New York Times is closing its environment desk in coming weeks, assigning its seven reporters and two editors to other departments and eliminating the positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor. The paper insisted that the closure of environmental desk will not make the paper’s environmental coverage any less aggressive or comprehensive, but many are unconvinced.

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Climate Change Reaching Human and Geophysical Tipping Points

There seems top be some evidence to suggest that as the storm tide swept over the East Coast last Fall, it lifted the tide of public opinion in its wake. As scientists warn of a global warming tipping point driven by positive feedback loops such as the declining albedo effect of ice turning to water or the liberation of methane gas from thawing permafrost, are we finally reaching, in the aftermath of yet another temperature record-breaking year, featuring another deadly storm, a tipping point of public opinion?