- Natural gas is the new energy Hula Hoop. See Speed Saves: Fastest Way To Low-Carbon Electricity Is To Hit The [Natural] Gas Pedal for evidence that coal is about to come under direct financial pressure and, indirectly, under regulatory pressure from home-land produced natural gas. Business significance: U4/C5
- Forest products industries, world wide, will be increasingly under the scrutiny, now that the nations represented at Copenhagen are closely examining forest management for climate protection efficacy. Want examples of what will be affected indirectly? Every guitarist dreams of a real rosewood acoustic. Upsetting news for holders of the red heartwood backed muse: rosewood supply chain hides hide illegal sourcing as told in Madagascar Legally Exports Illegally Logged Rosewood. There is more. Managing forests to optimize carbon sequestration could add real financial and environmental value. Suppliers to the forest products industry and owners of forest lands have some thinking and strategizing to do. See Forest Carbon Management: Let’s Brainstorm The Trade-offs for some insights into what’s coming. Business significance: U3/C5
- Micro-encapsulating the popcorn flavoring agent diactyl to reduce food industry worker exposure may not necessarily relieve consumer anxiety. See Study Finds Popcorn Butter Alternatives Also Toxic. Moral to this story? Protecting worker health is not a parallel path to protecting consumer health and market share. They overlap. When will they ever learn? Business significance: U2/C3
Following the example of our first, and introductory, weekly roundup from TreeHugger, Business Not As Usual: Chinese Environmental Activists Riot, And More, business “criticality” (C) and “urgency” (U) are each ranked above, subjectively, on a scale of 1 through 5, with 5 being the highest, and 1 the lowest. See that intro post for instructions on how to put the rankings to use.