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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New York: First State to Caution Investors About Climate Change

If you’re interested in buying New York bonds, the state wants you to know that “climate change poses a long-term risk to the state’s finances.” Sounds reasonable, right? After all Hurricane Sandy wasn’t that long ago. Well, not so fast say rating agencies. A senior executive at Standard & Poor’s said he has “a hard time finding a direct relationship for climate change on New York State’s economy at this point.” Another senior executive at Moody’s explained that FEMA mitigates the risk by picking up the bill when big natural disaster events happen. In other words, investors in NY bonds shouldn’t worry too much about climate change.

IMF Recommends Ending Energy Subsidies to Fight Climate Change

A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims ending the $1.9 trillion in global energy subsidies could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4.2 billion tons – a 13 percent reduction – and lead to major gains both for economic growth and the environment.


Volkswagen Commits to Strict Carbon Emissions Limits

On March 4, right before the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen announced its decision to meet the proposed EU emissions target of an average of 95 grams of carbon per kilometer by 2020.


National Parks Ask Bottled Water Industry to Take a Hike

Today, a broad coalition led by Corporate Accountability International is providing the grassroots support for four major national parks to take ban bottled water: Mt. Rainier, Yosemite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Independence National Historical Park.


Alarming New Report Ranks Food & Beverage Companies on Nutrition Efforts

The global Access to Nutrition Index report and rankings was released last week, assessing the nutrition-related commitments, performance and disclosure practices of 25 of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers. The good news is that finally we have the metrics to evaluate how these companies address challenging nutritional issues, the bad news is that most of them perform quite poorly.

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Monsanto Buys the Senate and Democracy Buys the Farm

Now we are declaring biotech chemical companies to be above the law, essentially allowing them to do whatever they want, eliminating what little oversight had remained in the wake of their previous lobbying victories. This all but eliminates the ability of the government to restrict or regulate their activities based on any environmental concerns.

Credit: "Water Security & the Global Water Agenda: A UN-Water Analytical Brief"

UN-Water Defines Water Security, Highlights Threats & Mitigation Steps

A growing world population, global warming, growing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions and ongoing, growing disparities in the distribution of wealth and income and business-as-usual political economy – all threaten national, regional and international efforts to assure all members of society fair access to sustainable water resources. Marking World Water Day 2013, UN-Water’s working definition of water security will facilitate and foster development of holistic, integrated initiatives at the local, national, regional and international levels.