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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How Burning Trees Can Improve Biodiversity

Greening Australia, a non-profit environmental organization, has devised a project in which burning trees actually helps improve biodiversity, connects fragmented landscapes and even provides economic benefits to farmers.

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Why Vote Mitt Romney? Not Because of Climate Change

There are probably a couple of reasons to vote for Mitt Romney. Yet, climate change shouldn’t be one of them. If anything, climate change should be a deal breaker for any American concerned about climate change. Here are four reasons why:

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Atlantic Offshore Wind Turbines Can Power the Entire East Coast

Offshore winds off the US Atlantic coast could generate enough clean, renewable electrical power for at least one-third of the entire U.S., or the entire East Coast, from Maine to Florida, according to a Stanford University study.

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How Extended Producer Responsibility Can Boost Recycling Rates

Producers are facing pressure from the public sector and customers to take responsibility for recycling their products. Here’s why we have to continue working towards a comprehensive approach that meets the needs of a broad set of stakeholders.

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Scientific Study Finds Long-Term Health Impacts from GM Corn and Herbicide

A French scientific study released this week asserts that laboratory rats fed Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn or low levels of Roundup herbicide for two years developed tumors and suffered damage to multiple organs. The study has also been sharply criticized by some members of the scientific community.

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5 Insights From Experts Behind the Scenes of the 2012 CDP Global 500 Report

The release of the new CDP report was accompanied by a global teleconference with some very interesting participants from around the world discussing “how businesses can succeed in an uncertain, resource constrained world.” Here are five insights from this discussion.

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Big Oil Spends Big Cash Opposing Obama

Unlike 2008, this year big oil outspend cleantech by four to one when it comes to TV ads. What caused this change in the balance between green-fossil fuel ads? Does it really make a difference for voters? And no less important – if big oil fights to put Romney in the Oval Office, why President Obama still acts in their favor in his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy?

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The 2012 CDP Global 500 Report: A Glass Half Full of Arctic Melt Water

The latest CDP report shows some progress, but it’s still not good enough. It’s not that there’s not a glass half full in the report, but as Paul Abberley, Aviva’s CEO, said in a teleconference following the release: “If the glass is half full of Arctic melt water, it doesn’t matter.”

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Huge Oversupply Renders Kyoto Protocol Emissions Market Ineffective

The huge surplus means that developed economies will be able to emit more greenhouse gases than foreseen under worst-case “business-as-usual” scenarios, as well as further eroding credibility in the ability of international organizations and national governments to actually deliver on pledges to reduce carbon emissions.