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.


Sustaining Our Oceans for Future Economic Growth

Many multi-national organizations and influential policy makers are shifting their focus toward the world’s oceans, recognizing that our oceans provide invaluable resources for the growth and health of both developed and developing nations. Any threats to this “economic engine” will have a detrimental impact on many nations.

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Bill McDonough and Waste Management Want to Kill Packaging Waste

Ever injured yourself trying to open clamshell packaging? These annoying plastic-sealed packs cover everything from batteries to electronics and are designed to eliminate theft with the unfortunate side benefit of being nearly impossible to open. Those packages not only cause deep frustration and occasional pain for consumers, they are extremely wasteful since they are impossible to … Continued

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McDonald’s Customers Don’t Buy Salads – But Whose Fault is That?

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said last week that salads make up 2 to 3 percent of U.S. restaurant sales. In other words, McDonald’s customers might be into a grilled chicken but not so much into a grilled chicken salad. But whose fault is it and is McDonald’s decision to focus its advertising on hamburgers, not salads, the right one?


Scientist Using Viruses to Improve Batteries, Solar Cells and Biofuels Wins Major Prize

MIT Materials Scientist Angela Belcher has been doing amazing things for a while now. Her work uniquely combines biotechnology and nanotechnology. She has produced solutions to numerous critical problems in the clean energy field including solar PV, battery technology and biofuels by developing viruses that will bind together and grow materials in ways that were previously not possible, or else highly energy-intensive, dirty, or wasteful. Today, she is the 2013 Winner of the $500,000 MIT Lemelson Prize.


Five Factors Driving the Restaurant Industry’s Sustainability Crisis

The restaurant and food service industry is in crisis. Fifty-five percent of consumers believe American food production is on the wrong track. The industry’s revenue growth challenge is tied directly to the desire held by more than 80 percent of consumers for companies to sell healthy food that tastes great and fits into their budget.


Amid European Solar Slow Down, Americas, Asia-Pacific Pick Up the Slack

Though it still accounts for 50% of global demand, PV growth slowed considerably YoY in the EU in 2012. A record-setting year in the Americas and Asia-Pacific took up the slack. 31.1 GW of PV systems were installed globally in 2012, up from 30.4 GW in 2011; as PV remained the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed capacity, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s latest “Photovoltaic Barometer.”