Climate & Environment
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.
According to the U.K.-based human rights group Global Witness, 147 people were murdered in 2012 for their environmental activism (the latest year data is available), compared to 51 in 2002.
The state of Washington just released a draft rule for a clean fuel standard. Drafted under the umbrella of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, the new rule seeks to reduce fossil fuel content in transportation fuels.
In the words of a recent report, “Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.”
Burlington, Vermont revamped its energy portfolio, culminating in the purchase of a hydropower plant late last year — and now runs 100 percent off of renewables.
The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in the Sunshine State. These dangers may only get worse, with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing setting up business in the state’s sensitive south region.
Looking at the Galapagos from a triple bottom line point of view made the whole experience even more complex and interesting. Over the next week or two, we’ll get into some of the details and stories. For starters, I thought a little background an introduction would make sense.
A few months back, we ran a roundup of the top 10 sustainable U.S. breweries. As the list made its rounds on social media, a few of you asked us to give a nod to the wine-lovers out there. You asked, we answered. Break out those glasses, and toast the weekend with a sip from one of these 10 sustainable U.S. wineries.
When I think seriously about becoming a locavore, I cringe at the thought of giving up coffee, avocados and especially chocolate. But now a couple of chocolatiers are operating out of Mindo, Ecuador, making a handmade product with locally-sourced beans and allowing me to eat like a locavore while traveling.
Disney reportedly won’t play ball with the Obama administration, which has asked for the company to use its blockbuster “Frozen” to educate kids about climate change. But is it the kids, or is it the adults, that need to learn about this threat? And who would be better to pitch this than the very age group that Disney listens to the most?