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The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

And here’s what to watch out for in 2015
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By Andrew Winston
It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, using new social media tools and old-fashioned marches, rose up to drive change. Both in response and pre-emptively, the world’s leading companies continued to aggressively pivot their businesses toward more sustainable and innovative ways of operating.

Biochar-ging Ahead to Engage Citizens in Combating Climate Change

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What is biochar? Why is it so promising and exciting?
Biochar is charcoal derived from organic waste that conditions soil, increasing plant and tree growth. Increased growth of healthy foliage in turn helps to create a greener and healthier city. In addition, when mixed with soil, biochar sequesters carbon and enables increased infiltration of storm water run-off, which also helps to combat climate change.
 

GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective

By The Editors || Bloomberg View
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The debate over climate change, unlike climate change itself, seems to be stuck.  Let's see if we can get it moving.

The arguments are mainly over three issues:
whether climate change exists,
what casuses it,
and what to do about it.

The first two questions are controversial but shouldn't be. And the third would generate honest debate even if there were agreement about the first two. But viable solutions to the crisis aren't hard to find.

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

Posted by Christina Nunez
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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the in-progress Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the recently announced Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide from burning coal and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil. (See related story: “Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon.”)
 

Tetra Pak 'Making Steady Progress' Towards Recycling Target

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Tetra Pak needs to double recycling rates in order to hit a target of 40% of used beverage cartons being fully recycled by 2020, according to the packaging giant's latest sustainability report.

The report also explains that Tetra Pak will need to triple the number of recycled cartons, to about 100 billion a year, by the end of the decade.

BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group Report Highlights Continued Reductions in Ocean Emissions

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Paris, August 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ — BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group’s 2014 “Global Maritime Trade Lane Emissions Factors” report—which provides data from more than 2,900 ships, representing around 85 percent of global ocean container capacity—indicates that average carbon-dioxide emissions for global ocean container transport have declined year on year, and by nearly 8 percent between 2012 and 2013.

VIDEO: UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub

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The UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub is an interactive, online platform designed to connect businesses with potential partners in support of UN goals and issues. The Business Partnership Hub allows companies to browse through existing partnership projects that are in need of additional support, and to post its own projects that seek new partners.

Climate Change Already Affects Every American—Report

by RP Siegel
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There is an area in the southeastern U.S., running from Georgia west to Oklahoma and from Louisiana north through Tennessee, that has experienced a slight decline in temperatures over the past twenty years. Other pockets in the Upper Midwest and extreme Southwest and elsewhere have seen temperature increases of greater than two degrees Fahrenheit. The rest of the country has experienced a temperature rise of between one and two degrees.

It’s Time to Fight Climate Change With Source Energy

Source Energy Provides a Relevant, Accurate, and Scalable Metric for Every Level of Decision-Making
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A couple of weeks ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Report and just recently the White House unveiled the Third U.

Domtar Sponsors World Book Night U.S.

Campaign to Encourage Reading Donates 500,000 Books Nationwide
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Montreal, April 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ – For the second year in a row, Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) sponsored World Book Night U.S. , an ambitious campaign to encourage reading. World Book Night U.S. distributed 500,000 free books at more than 6,000 locations nation-wide on April 23 – Shakespeare’s birthday.

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