The biggest barrier facing most cities when it comes to providing the level of innovation and infrastructure needed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates often boils down to one factor: Money—or specifically, the absence of it.
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.
The residents of South Miami, FL doesn’t plan to sit around and wait for the Antartic ice cap to melt – or for Forida’s capital to come up with a plan that will save their city from flooding. They’ve come up with a plan of their own, and so far, it’s generating plenty of attention.
European leaders agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, but that commitment was too modest for leading environmental groups.
“Our preparedness deficit is the result of years of inaction and under-investment at the federal, state and local levels,” says Collin O’Mara, NWF president and CEO. “It’s time for our elected officials to reinvest in our natural defenses and this report offers a blueprint for bipartisan, market-based solutions.”
Paint it pink. Why not? The pink-ification of just about everything to raise breast cancer awareness may have run up against its limits with pink oil drill bits. In a world with pink AR-15s, pink trash bins, pink soup cans, and pink everything else now Baker Hughes, a leader in hydraulic fracturing equipment, is painting pink 1000 drill … Continued
As the world population soars toward 9 billion people, the demand for food is expected to more than double. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as climate change makes water even scarcer. Big Data is helping to meet that challenge.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) work like nutrition labels on food to offer consumers a common description of what’s inside and can serve to move an industry toward more sustainable practice.
In succinct and accessible language, this short but powerful book pulls no punches: climate change is the most critical threat to the planet today, and also the most complicated global issue. And, “like any critical threat it requires an emergency response.”
Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, said it’s not hyperbole to say that global society is experiencing a data revolution. But that the revolution has yet to reach agriculture.
Are government officials doing enough to prepare their communities for natural disasters and extreme weather events – that are increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change? Not surprisingly, the answer is no, says a new report. However, investment in “natural infrastructure” can improve resiliency at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods of prevention.
Native American communities are feeling the brunt of climate change these days. An estimated 44 tribes have reported that they are running out of water. Others are dealing with the effects of flooding and fire mitigation. The EPA is stepping up its efforts too: This year it awarded more than $40 million to Southwest tribal communities to upgrade and protect their drought-impacted resources.
Prison recycling is underway: one women’s correctional facility in Vermont has met the state’s new recycling and composting law one year ahead of schedule.
Though the reasons vary for restaurants and stores choosing not to donate their leftovers, the main cause is a “misunderstanding of how food liability works.”