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.
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.
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
Campaign to Encourage Reading Donates 500,000 Books Nationwide
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.