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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DOE Helps Sprint Put Fuel Cells on Cell Towers

What do you get when you cross a fuel cell with a cell tower? Would that be a fuel tower? Or perhaps a fuel cell cell tower? Probably the best people to ask would be the folks at Sprint since they just received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology as backup power to a number of their network sites.

The technology, still in development, would actually provide innovative approaches for rooftop fuel cell deployments. One approach being explored is a modular and lightweight fuel cell solution that can be installed without cranes and can be refueled from the ground – eliminating the need to transport fuel to rooftops.

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Tricks of the Trade that Block Climate Change Progress

Last week the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new report examining company responses to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) to see whether companies were replying accurately to the question on whether they were members of groups that might “directly or indirectly influence climate policy.”

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Resourcefulness Survey Shows Disconnect Between Utilities and Customers

Itron Incorporated, a global company that provides metering equipment, software and solutions to the electric power, natural gas and water utility industries, just released the results of a customer survey in a report that they call The Resourceful Index.

Why resourcefulness? Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs speaks of resourcefulness in terms of “the ability to run more efficiently with solutions that empower both utilities and consumers.” In other words, it’s about the utilization of technological resources in the pursuit of more efficient utilization of natural resources in the face of increasing demand.

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Some Basic Truths About Energy Subsidies

It’s not unusual to hear people, usually change-resistant defenders of the status quo, putting down renewables as being not economically viable, because they would not be able to compete in the marketplace without the aid of government subsidies. How are these people misinformed? If I may borrow the famous phrase from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Let me count the ways.”

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Local Beer Will Save us All

How craft beer is leading the charge toward sustainable businesses and communities.

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Can the US Navy Turn the Tide with Biofuels?

More than a century after the “Great White Fleet” ushered in a new era of U.S. involvement in global affairs, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that Navy would demonstrate and then deploy a “Great Green Fleet” – a carrier strike group fueled by alternative energy sources. Mabus described embracing biofuels as an economic and military imperative, but is it feasible on a large scale?

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EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Now Open for Public Comment

After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”