It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on the past year and make silly lists. Well this list is far from silly – it is quite sobering news for many of us to accept. In 2012, climate change came to the forefront. Here are 5 reasons why:
Category: 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.
Last week’s tragic death of Rebecca Tarbotton marks a sad start to 2013; the Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network died in an accident Wednesday.
EPA chief Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she will be leaving her position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. She said she has discussed her departure with the President and will step down after the January inauguration.
Olazul seeks to address both the social and environmental impact of fishery collapse by building community-scale aquaculture systems that innovate new alternatives to conventional large-scale industrial farming systems while providing local fishing communities with an economically viable product and business model.
We are experiencing an American Energy renaissance. The U.S. is projected to overtake Russia as the largest producer of natural gas in three years, and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by the year 2017.
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, it is imperative that storm surge protection design is implemented to protect miles of vulnerable coastline in the tri-state area. The design community and Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated on projects to provide scalable and sustainable solutions that are essentially “shovel ready.” Collective action needs to be taken now in conjunction with the rebuilding efforts, as the threat of rising sea levels poses a significant threat to a densely populated region.
Water is a natural resource pertinent to the survival of all human life; the mere thought of such being inaccessible to some is both unfathomable and ludicrous, nevertheless such a dilemma exists in a world where profit takes precedence over equality and human rights. Research suggest that the privatization of water has lead to inefficiencies in infrastructure, management and delivery, environmental degradation and inequity in attaining clean drinking water to poor people’s both domestically and in developing countries.
When we look back at 2012 from what we hope will be a sustainable future, what will be the things that stand out as the most significant? What were the events that helped to tip the scale in favor of mass concerted action?
GMO-free green chile? New Mexico state Sen. Peter Wirth filed an amendment to the state’s food act to require labeling of GMO food ingredients.
Arby’s, the second largest quick service sandwich chain in the U.S. with over 3,500 restaurants, is the latest company to announce a new policy to eliminate gestation crates from its pork supply chain.
Water is quite heavy, which means it takes a lot of work to carry it, or pump it, up a hill. It expands when it freezes, one of the only substances on earth to do so. (Life would not have evolved here if it didn’t). It takes a lot of energy to heat or cool it and even more energy to evaporate. By this simple set of facts alone, it is pre-ordained that we will require quite a bit of energy just to fetch, purify, distribute, heat and boil the water we need to live. But there’s more…
While sustainable food packaging has had many innovations over the year, improbably named Brazilian fast food restaurant Bob’s has taken a huge step to both innovate and normalize things, with completely edible burger wrappers.