Big businesses are failing forests

February 17, 2020 by  
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Amazon, TJ Maxx and Tyson are among well-known U.S. companies with no publicly stated deforestation strategy. Is your organization complicit?

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How digital identities could bring us closer to a circular economy

February 17, 2020 by  
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Tracking technologies could provide information throughout a product’s journey, from the start all the way through to its use at the consumer level, and ultimately to its disposal or reuse in the future.

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Drip, drip, drip: Water is a leading ESG concern

February 17, 2020 by  
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Responsible investors are increasingly demanding water-related disclosures, such as measures of how much companies rely on water in their value chains.

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Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba

February 7, 2020 by  
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New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries of cattle and sugarcane farming, research results reveal there hasn’t been much damage to Cuba’s rivers thanks to the country’s other sustainable agriculture methods. Compared to the Mississippi River, Cuba’s 25 rivers surveyed showed lower nutrient concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution. This is likely attributed to Cuba’s shift toward sustainable agriculture , particularly the country’s shunning of imported synthetic chemicals. Related: Dutch company collects plastic pollution from rivers to make parks and products “A lot of stories about the value of Cuba’s shift to conservation agriculture have been based on fuzzy, feel-good evidence,” explained geologist and researcher Paul Bierman. “This study provides hard data that a crucial part of this story is true.” By contrast, the U.S. has more widespread dependence on chemical fertilizers . Hence, dead zones occur where the Mississippi River mouth opens into the Gulf of Mexico, adversely affecting the region’s marine ecosystems with dangerous bacterial and algal blooms caused by elevated nitrogen levels. Another interesting finding is that even though more than 80% of the Cuban river samples had E. coli bacteria, the source was found to be from fecal material by cattle and horses grazing along the riverbanks. The research team believes that this is partly attributed to “Cuba’s intensive use of horses and other draft animals for transportation and farm work.” The researchers concluded that the island country has been committed to promoting more sustainable agriculture to improve both its soil and water. The efforts have led to promising results. The American team was comprised of University of Vermont geologist Paul Bierman and Oberlin College geoscientist Amanda Schmidt. The Cuban team was led by Rita Hernández, representing the Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies, an ecological research group. Their joint research, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, was recently published in the GSA Today journal of the Geological Society of America. “This research can help the people of Cuba,” Hernández said, “and may give a good example to other people in the Caribbean and all over the world.” + The Geological Society of America Via Phys.org Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Provocations, diatribes and lessons in courage at GreenBiz 20

February 6, 2020 by  
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A rich set of conversations, from animal welfare expert Temple Grandin to corporate philanthropy visionary Daniel Lee.

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Introducing … VERGE Food

February 3, 2020 by  
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The latest addition to our annual VERGE conference promises to serve up a full plate of issues and solutions.

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Trend: Last-mile transportation inches closer to home

February 3, 2020 by  
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Last-mile freight is a major contributor to local air pollution, often in disadvantaged communities. But there’s some good news amidst all this urban doom and gloom.

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Dollar General, Sephora, Lowe’s among 7 most improved retailers addressing toxic chemicals

February 3, 2020 by  
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Sales of products marketed as sustainable are growing 5.6 times faster than conventionally marketed products.

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How companies can embrace circularity in their material sourcing strategies

February 3, 2020 by  
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Incorporating recycled materials into product collections is a good start.

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Adidas is latest fashion company hoping to weave recycled plastic into garments

February 3, 2020 by  
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The growing demand for recycled polyester, coupled with a limited supply, signals scarcity and competition ahead.

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