Can These Shareholders Curb Deforestation?

On May 20, the shareholders of Bunge, one of the biggest farm commodity businesses in the world, will walk into some well-appointed meeting room at the Sofitel in midtown Manhattan to vote on five proposals. The first four votes will be utterly boring to anyone who isn’t deeply absorbed with Bunge’s corporate governance (e.g., appoint Deloitte & Touche as auditor?). […]

Hawaiian Resort Serves Fresh Fare through Hydroponics

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Hawaii has all the amenities you would expect at a Hawaiian resort: a golf course, a pool, scenic ocean views. But there is also one amenity you wouldn’t expect— a hydroponic garden.

The garden, which was started through a collaboration between the resort and the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture, is […]

6 Urban Farms Revolutionizing Where Food Is Grown

Urban agriculture has really made a comeback in the U.S. in recent years. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 800 million people worldwide grow fruits or vegetables or raise animals in cities, producing an impressive 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization notes that while many city dwellers in the developing […]

Unnacceptable: US Taxpayers Still Subsidize The World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies

Shell, ExxonMobil and Marathon Petroleum got subsidies granted by politicians who received significant campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, Guardian investigation reveals.

The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given the threat of climate change.

A Guardian investigation of three specific […]

Apple Partnering with WWF on Chinese Forests

Apple is following through on its commitment to sustainability with a new partnership announced today between the company and the World Wildlife Fund. The deal will put the WWF in charge of managing as much as 1 million acres of forest in China as Apple works to achieve a net zero impact on the environment for all of the virgin […]

BP Seeks To Regain A Progressive Role on Climate Change

At the BP AGM, the company’s board supported a resolution calling for greater transparency on the company’s responses to the move to a low-carbon economy required by climate change. The rationale for the motion was that it was all about the long-term success of the company. With the support of the board secured, the motion was assured of success, and […]

Redefining Sustainability

Sustainability must be reframed as an opportunity if it is to take hold.

We’ve heard the word sustainability a lot lately. Climate change scientists warn countries and companies of the dangers of current levels of carbon emissions. Board directors are being called upon to be more transparent and punish bad behaviour. NGOs and social groups want companies to earn a licence […]

UPS Becomes One of USA’s Largest User of Renewable Natural Gas

New Agreement with Clean Energy Will Help Grow Market for Use of Methane Gas from Landfills As Fuel
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE). The deal signifies UPS’s plan to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas for […]

You Shouldn’t Recycle Pizza Boxes After All

Recycling is good for the environment, unless you’re recycling the wrong things – like pizza boxes. According to The Atlantic’s CityLab, that’s one thing you’re going to have to throw out. The truth is in the cheese.

Darby Hoover, a senior resource specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told The Atlantic that the box “ends up suffering the most from getting […]

Pennsylvania’s Fracked-Up Water Wells

A new study has found that shale drilling and fracking contaminated drinking water wells in Pennsylvania. The study represents the first peer-reviewed paper confirming that fracking can and does contaminate drinking water supplies.

The study discovered that the whitish foam seeping from the faucets and hoses in Bradford county homes was the drilling chemical 2-BE a “foaming agent” known to cause […]

Rubber Market Threatens Precious Forests in Southeast Asia

The increasing demand for rubber worldwide is making it the most rapidly expanding tree crop within mainland Southeast Asia. The study predict that between 4.3 and 8.5 million hectares of new plantations will be required to meet projected demand by 2024. But what’s wrong with rubber plantations? They are intensive mono-crop plantations; many environmentalists are concerned that switching land use […]

The Evolution of Corporate Citizenship in The States

Large corporations do not enjoy a good reputation with the public. A recent study by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Herald found that 71 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of big business.

We read about BP’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and about the scandals at Wall Street brokerage firms. But beyond the […]

Climate Change Is A Key Driver in Refugee Crisis

Recognizing Climate Refugees

First, all EU countries should share the burden, apportioning refugees across all member states.

Second, the US, Canada, Australia and other OECD members must also carry their fair share, which they are not: The US accepted 36 Syrian refugees in 2013, out of a total of some 3 million.

Third, recognizing that a basic principle of international law is an […]

JetBlue Releases “The Blue Review”

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today released its seventh responsibility report – The Blue Review: Environmental, Social and Business Responsibility – outlining progress the airline made in 2014. This report highlights major developments made by the airline in 2014, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 1.65 to 1.54 metric tons CO2e per 1,000 revenue ton miles from 2013 to 2014, a […]

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

CO2 Emissions from Emails, Searches, and Cloud Storage

With 2.5 billion people connected to the Internet worldwide, the Internet’s energy and carbon footprint are estimated to exceed air travel. From manufacturing and shipping of computers to data use—the Internet is less green than you’d think. Learn about how the Internet is impacting the environment and what you can do to lessen […]

Shell and High Water: Seattle Takes a Stand

The Port of Seattle has accused citizen groups of playing politics for opposing a plan to use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Do they mean that this is “political” in the same sense that science-denying reactionaries suggest that global warming is a liberal conspiracy – a stalking horse for big government, limiting freedoms, social engineering, […]