Human activity has numerous impacts on biodiversity, but none is more significant than food production. Everything we eat represents a sacrifice: a sacrifice of energy, water and often wildlife habitat to grow and produce our food. When food is wasted, everything that goes into growing and transporting food is wasted.
In the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, critics have pointed out that Florida’s leadership has done little to prepare the state for climate change risks – and the mainstream media has also fallen short when it comes to explaining the role climate change has had on these extreme weather events.
The reality of daily life is that we try to fix the problems that are staring us in the face. In many ways, the desire for short-term results defines the rhythm of both public and private life. So the idea that decisions today will define where we end up in a couple of decades is difficult to grasp, and may even appear outlandish. Yet Hurricane Irma and the other Atlantic storms foreshadow a perilous tomorrow if we don’t tackle climate change now. We are at an historic crossroads that requires us to factor in the future. Because in a very real sense, 2050 is now.
According to a Princeton University economist, the opioid crisis could account for as much as 20 percent of the decline in American men’s participation in the labor force.
If the Trump Administration rolls back DACA and starts deporting 700,000 students and workers, the White House could face a louder revolt from the business community – which has a vested interest in allowing these people to stay and contribute to society and the U.S. economy.
This weekend, as Texas towns were being pummeled by Hurricane Harvey, President Trump sent out another deriding tweet about Mexico with assurance that the neighbors down south would pay for a wall. The answer he got back may not be what he expected, but it has reaffirmed that when it comes to natural disasters and suffering populations, neighbors can be counted on to help.
Businesses across the US are stepping up to help Hurricane Harvey victims get back on their feet. with some companies devising unusual but effective ways to ensure displaced residents get help.
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is of biblical proportions, and we mourn the loss of lives and livelihoods that it has caused. Still, there are valuable takeaways from it, and here are 10 that we should take to our city departments and city councils immediately:
Trump insists that rescinding the Obama-era Flood Risk Standards will speed up construction and save communities money. But experts familiar with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Ike say that nixing standards that require climate change to be considered in how cities are built (or rebuilt) will set communities up for a world of hurt.
Tim Cook has nudged Apple to become a more active corporate citizen when it comes to the environment and social responsibility, and has been even more outspoken in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. This mild-mannered CEO is fast becoming one of America’s most passionate speakers on social issues.
Hurricane Harvey and climate change are being blamed for Houston’s unprecedented flooding this weekend. But experts point out that the volume of rain — 12 trillion gallons — that deluged the city wasn’t really the problem. It was the lack of planning for predictable increased flooding.
Automakers and other diesel stakeholders failed to come up with a groundbreaking solution to diesel’s local air pollution issue at the recent Diesel Summit in Berlin. Absent an industry solution, they make be stuck with whatever policy-makers decide.
84 percent of Americans want companies to address women’s rights specifically. So how can socially-responsible companies differentiate themselves among corporate peers who are quick to sign on to the notion of equal pay for equal work, but resistant to the transparency required to actually prove it?