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.

electronic circuit

There’s Gold in Them Thar Circuits

Why go running off, to dig deep underground at great environmental cost for gold, when there is plenty of it above ground, waiting to be recovered from the waste stream in the form of electronic circuits and various industrial byproducts?

batteries-plus-box

And Today’s Post of Shame Goes to… BatteriesPlus

It’s been a while since I had a good chance to rant about ridiculously oversized shipping boxes.  I miss it.  Today’s target: BatteriesPlus.  These guys sell just about every kind of battery imaginable.   That’s great, but they win today’s prize for comically maximizing box to product size ratio. I ordered a battery for a … Continued

Market-recycling

In Mexico and Brazil: Cities Are Closing the Loop Between Trash and Food

The folks in the Brazilian city of Jundiai have implemented a trash-for-food program, which provides food to residents who bring in recycling. The food comes from a community garden which boasts more than 30,000 plants. Now, instead of streets and waterways strewn with trash, they have healthy, well-fed residents.

crap_x

Sitting Down (On the Toilet) For a Good Cause

Who Gives a Crap needs $100,000 and hopes to attract pre-orders from contributors who, they hope, will be persuaded by the fact that 50% of all profits will go towards constructing toilet facilities in developing countries. Poor sanitation, which is a fact of life for over 2 billion people, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of children every day from waterborne illnesses.

GMOsoybean_x

The Trouble With GMO Labeling – What’s a Biotech Giant to Do?

If California’s Proposition 37 becomes law in November, the law would require most foods that contain genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. Should agri-business fight the labeling law or should they accept it as the will of the public, however unscientific they may be?

farmer_x

Financing and the Small Regional Farmer

Our food system has become increasingly complex, and created barriers that make it very difficult for small regional farmers to successfully bring their products to market. There are fewer farmers today than at any point in American history, and the trend threatens our food security as we know it. By supporting our small farmers, and becoming involved, community members can play a vital role in growing our food system in a healthier direction.

fair flowers_x

How Fair Trade Helped Ecuadorian Flower Workers Get Their Sundays Back

Ecuadorian farmers spent their fair trade funds on washing machines. This allowed them to spend their Sundays with their families instead of at the river washing clothes.Miguel Zamora learned how important it is to ask people what they need. The answer may surprise you.

switchgrass

BP Getting Deep Into Cellulosic Ethanol

BP took a step towards sustainability this month with the announcement of a major new commitment into alternative energy. This is not the company’s first step in that direction. BP Solar has been around for quite a while and was at one time considered a pioneer in the industry. Now it has turned its attention, and considerable resources to other alternatives.

malaysia_x

Malaysia’s Smart Eco-Village Includes 4-Level Aquaculture System

International experts meeting in San Jose highlight a “smart eco-village” in Malaysia that can serve as a global model for sustainable development. Rimbunan Kaseh brings together modern aquaponics, renewable energy and affordable, energy-efficient “smart” housing in a development aimed at addressing rural poverty, rapid urbanization, environmental conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

Greg Kallenberg

With Tea Party on the Right and Occupy on the Left, Is There Room For the Rational Middle?

When his film Haynesville was released, Gregory Kallenberg traveled around the country screening it. It attracted a huge and diverse following, drawing praise from both sides of the environment-versus-business divide. Gregory saw that the film seemed to be filling two important needs. First, many people are uninformed or misinformed about energy. “A lot of people have no idea where their energy comes from” Second, there is a great need for a forum where people can speak calmly and rationally about the various energy alternatives without the divisiveness that has plagued this and other related issues, particularly in Washington.

Sheep_pasture_-_geograph.org.uk_-_767696

Britain Moves to Boost the Number of Young Farmers

The average age of farmers in Britain is increasing and those that are looking to retire are finding it difficult to find younger farmers to take over. Popular daily newspaper Metro reports that in order to give the farming profession a makeover, Farmers Weekly magazine has come up with the Farmers Apprentice program.

fusion

Fusion Power: Pros and Cons

Nuclear fusion is the most basic form of energy in the universe. It is what powers the sun and all of the stars. But creating a controlled fusion reaction has proven very difficult so far. No one knows when a successful continuous controlled fusion reaction can be achieved or even if it is ultimately possible.

MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple’s Withdrawal from EPEAT Indicates a Shift Away from Sustainability

Apple has just pulled out of EPEAT, a green consumer electronics rating system. This step means that Apple will no longer submit its products for green certification from EPEAT and that it was pulling its currently certified 39 laptops, desktops and monitors from the registry. It might also mean that as of now Apple’s approach to sustainability should be described as the ‘Gordon Gekko strategy’, focusing only the company’s bottom line and ignoring all the rest.