Media attention has focused on Hurricane Harvey’s impacts on toxic Superfund sites, but hundreds of other facilities are potentially affected.
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.
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.
While hurricanes Harvey and Irma deluge floods of biblical proportions, 21.7 million Americans – 11 percent of the country – were living under drought conditions on August 1. And drought conditions are expected to worsen.
It turns out that ocean pollution is having an impact on more than just seafood; many sea salt brands could be contaminated by plastic particles, according to a recent study.
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.
The U.S. recently began shifting its global gaze to an inward focus, and climate policy is no exception. From President Trump declaring he represents Pittsburgh and not Paris, our once broad and inclusive views have narrowed considerably.
A new study backed by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that about 30 percent of the world’s sea level rise can be directly attributed to emissions from fossil fuel producers. And they name names too.
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There’s a reason why it makes perfect sense that business leaders are leading the call on some the country’s most decisive initiatives. According to Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), who helped launch the We Are Still In initiative, there’s a strong business case for supporting the Paris Accord, and for putting it in the framework that business people – including President Trump – can understand.
Combating climate change requires scientific research, judicious regulation and smart money. Capitalism’s expanding role in pushing all three offers hope.
The signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 was rightly hailed as an historic moment in the fight against climate change. A key part of making that promise a reality, is all around us – in the floors, walls and rooftops that protect our way of life.
Mars Inc. backs up its words with action as the company promises to invest approximately $1 billion in its “Sustainable in a Generation Plan over the next several years.
Why is there such a huge obstacle between sustainable energy and progress on a nationwide scale? Let’s take a closer look at a few specific types of sustainable energy — solar power, biofuel, wind power — (as well as the greater economic picture) to examine a few ways to ensure these renewable power sources stand a chance to flourish, over the next decade.
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Few brands are as famous for their social activism than Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont ice cream maker with global revenues of more than $1.2 billion (2015) is as much known for its social conscience as for its creamy, irresistible ice cream flavors. Pick a flavor and chances are you’ll walk away with more than just a good feeling in your tummy: You’ll feel you’re making a statement.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been having a tough time promoting his plans to cut EPA regulations. First an appeals court squashed his plans to delay enforcement of the Methane Rule. Then there was Hurricane Harvey and the collapse of the Arkema plant. Now he has a list of complex questions to answer for homework about just how his agency plans to protect Americans from environmental disasters.