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.


Scientist Using Viruses to Improve Batteries, Solar Cells and Biofuels Wins Major Prize

MIT Materials Scientist Angela Belcher has been doing amazing things for a while now. Her work uniquely combines biotechnology and nanotechnology. She has produced solutions to numerous critical problems in the clean energy field including solar PV, battery technology and biofuels by developing viruses that will bind together and grow materials in ways that were previously not possible, or else highly energy-intensive, dirty, or wasteful. Today, she is the 2013 Winner of the $500,000 MIT Lemelson Prize.


Five Factors Driving the Restaurant Industry’s Sustainability Crisis

The restaurant and food service industry is in crisis. Fifty-five percent of consumers believe American food production is on the wrong track. The industry’s revenue growth challenge is tied directly to the desire held by more than 80 percent of consumers for companies to sell healthy food that tastes great and fits into their budget.


Amid European Solar Slow Down, Americas, Asia-Pacific Pick Up the Slack

Though it still accounts for 50% of global demand, PV growth slowed considerably YoY in the EU in 2012. A record-setting year in the Americas and Asia-Pacific took up the slack. 31.1 GW of PV systems were installed globally in 2012, up from 30.4 GW in 2011; as PV remained the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed capacity, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s latest “Photovoltaic Barometer.”


$2.2 Trillion…The Oil in Our Backyard

There is currently $2.2 trillion in untapped oil resources sitting quite close to the surface. No, we’re not talking about the tar sands.


SBIO 2013 Interview: Fenugreen

Produced by Boston-based social enterprise, Fenugreen, FreshPaper is an inexpensive, compostable, recyclable thin organic paper insert that reduces food spoilage.

Credit: UNEP GEAS, May 2013

Drones: Not Just for Military or Surveillance Purposes Anymore

So-called “eco-drones” are helping a growing variety of public and private sector groups monitor, collect and analyze high-resolution images and data to address some of our most pressing social-environmental issues. A report from UNEP’s Global Environmental Alert Service highlights the advantages, benefits and challenges posed by their use.

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Media Fails to Report Big Oil Funding Ties to Climate Change Contrarians

Label this one under the category of the news that’s not too surprising, but somewhat depressing nonetheless. In an effort to provide “fair and balanced” coverage on climate change, the mainstream press and media “routinely cites climate contrarian think tanks without reporting their ties to the fossil fuel industry,” according to a Union of Concerned … Continued