Climate & Environment
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.
The 19-page overview is frank and matter-of-fact, full of statistics that arouse hope, worry and of course, more questions, at the same time. While some improvements have certainly been impressive, there is a long road ahead to 2030.
Santa Barbara’s city council voted last week to commit to 100 percent renewables by 2030, making this coastal city of 92,000 the 30th U.S. city to embark upon such a plan.
Trump may have left Paris, but more than 1,200 cities, counties, businesses, states and NGOs say they intend to advance their support of Paris climate goals. As the divide grows between federal and local priorities, businesses are setting their own agendas for reducing carbon emissions.
Oregon-based nonprofit calls for establishment of U.S. Carbon Club to meet Paris commitment. The bold effort of a carbon club will advance the U.S. towards its Paris goals, put a price on carbon nationally, and stimulate climate-friendly projects.
The time for those climate change relocations we’ve speculated about is here, folks. Three communities on opposite ends of the country explore how to weather the expensive challenges of being “climate change refugees.” And interestingly, each has a different challenge and a different answer to the problem.
A new conservation easement in eastern Oregon protects the Zumwalt prairie. The land owners teamed up with TNC, NRCS and The Climate Trust to ensure their 12,225-acre ranch will benefit both ranching livelihoods and native habitat.
Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced they will merge by the end of this year. The new Rainforest Alliance will eliminate double certifications and aims to expand more responsible and sustainable farming worldwide.
Yet another home solar installer has bit the dust. This one, however, has analysts scratching their heads. Why did American Solar Direct simply fall off the grid long before it quietly filed for bankruptcy? And what’s with all of the failed home solar companies? We talk to one homeowner hit by the failure and a solar expert to get a picture of how players in a booming industry may be missing the cue when it comes to sustainability.
Donald Trump says his border wall idea could be paid for by installing solar panels on it. The truth, however, is that the financial viability of such a project is far more complicated.
The Trump budget threatens to undercut support in one of his strongholds, the coastal and wetlands areas of Louisiana threatened by rising sea levels. These wetlands provide vital infrastructure protection for offshore drilling rigs in addition to millions of dollars in environmental services.
New York’s attorney general has accused ExxonMobil of using one set of carbon pricing publicly to shareholders while using another internally. ExxonMobil is determined to litigate back hard, but at what cost?
President Donald Trump’s plan to reform the air traffic control system across the U.S. could actually result the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions due to increased efficiencies. Do not count on the president to sell those benefits as he touts his plan, however.
The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world’s palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.