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?). […]
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 […]
Want to address world hunger — not to mention climate change, poverty and pollution? Here’s how taking a more natural approach to agriculture can benefit everyone and everything from the soil up.
Source: Mother Nature Network […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The National Top 100 list represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership.
The combined green power usage of these Top 100 Partners amount to more than 23 billion kilowatt-hours annually, which represents nearly 83 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.
Source: EPA.gov […]
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 […]
In a sign of things to come, Hawaii has set a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, up from 18% now – pretty amazing!
This is the trend we have all been waiting for.
In 2015, a record 9.1 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 8.9 GW of wind will be installed in the US, forecasts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). 13.6 GW […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
What the heck is that thing up in the sky? Go ahead and giggle if you want at the funny-looking blimp, but its purpose is no laughing matter. Altaeros Energies’ Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is designed to go where no wind turbine has gone before: up to 2,000 feet in the air, where it can capture steady winds, turn them […]