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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SEC Allows Shareholders to Challenge Banks’ Climate Policies

Earlier this month the SEC allowed a climate change proposal to remain on PNC’s proxy ballots. This decision reversed an earlier approach the SEC had, where it allowed financial services and insurance companies to exclude similar climate change resolutions from their shareholder because they concerned what the SEC called “ordinary business.”

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Saving Shower Water Became Easy with New Solution Made By Students

Winters always lead to a peak in wasted water, as people let their shower water run for minutes on end as they wait for it to become warm. But not anymore, thanks to an invention by Israeli students that conserves and reroutes cold water.

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Ambre Energy’s PNW Coal Export Plans Face Financial Problems

Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.

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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems

As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They were both energy sources and energy storage systems. In the new world of renewables, those two functions will have to be provided separately.

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The GMO Fight Rages On: Implications of Bowman v. Monsanto

The Supreme Court will present a decision on Bowman v. Monsanto by June. It will have huge implications not only on what’s patentable and for how long, but also on the question of who controls our food supply.

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General Mills Initiative Helps Vanilla Farmers in Madagascar

General Mills announced a new initiative today to help vanilla farmers in Madagascar. The global food giant is investing $125,000 over two years to help villages in Madagascar’s Sava region, which grows some of the best vanilla in the world.

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NOAA Starts Crowdsourcing Weather Data

Last week, NOAA announced the launch of their new smart phone app called mPING which invites thousands of people throughout the continental US to send in weather observations so as to compile a more complete picture of the weather. Why, you might ask, in this era of high technology, do we need such a thing?