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Companies inside China are slow to resume their normal productions due to various factors. These include the shortage of parts from lower-tier suppliers; the shortage of labor workers who might still be trapped due to the shutdown of their villages and other infected regions; the stringent requirements for companies to establish adequate protective measures and
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Amid the white noise of COVID-19 pandemic coverage last week, news about the $80 million funding round for alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd offered a bright beacon of positivity. While the financing revelation was delayed a week because of the crisis, the sizeable round extends the steady growth of funding for this particular niche of
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Since the launch of the first green bond (labeled a “Climate Awareness Bond”) on July 4, 2007, by the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank, green bonds have seen many breakthroughs, but challenges remain. One challenge has been defining what constitutes a green bond or a green investment. External review processes such as certifications and second opinions
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Much has been written in recent weeks comparing the shocking and oppressive impacts of COVID-19 and future effects of climate change. But one of the most important links could be the one right under (and up into) our noses: air pollution. Dirty air — a substantial chunk of it caused by emissions from the tailpipes
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I rarely get exasperated from reading environmental business media, but a quote last week in a Bloomberg article about sustainability and the U.S. economic crisis got me headed in that direction. The quote came from Ted Nordhaus, co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute, a research group whose founders, self-described environmentalists, have made a career out of
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If you’ve looked into designing a business, you’ve most likely come across a business model canvas. Made up of nine components — customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, resources, activities, partnerships and costs — it’s a wonderful, easy tool to describe what happens within a business. But it has certain limitations. Osterwalder
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Corporations have been driving the uptake of renewables across the United States for years. Hundreds of companies have made voluntary commitments to transition to 100 percent clean energy, and companies of all sizes have spearheaded renewable procurement deals, adding clean energy capacity to the grid.  That’s all well and good in a bull market. The COVID-19
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This is an excerpt from “Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future” by Thomas Kostigen, published March 24 by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright 2020 by Thomas Kostigen. When Edward Jenner in 1796 developed the first human vaccine (for smallpox) many
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Plastic pollution is the environmental issue Americans care most about. According to a recent poll, plastic in the oceans has overtaken climate change as the environmental issue of greatest concern. Unfortunately, the poll didn’t ask people whether they knew that plastic is also a climate issue. We can’t tackle one successfully without tackling the other,
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Just before the coronavirus clampdown, NYU’s Stern Center for Sustainable Business hosted its third annual practice forum. Once again, the forum’s focus was the Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) framework. Judging by the increased turnout (more than twice as many attended as last year), there’s significant interest in alternative approaches to justifying sustainability investments. The
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Many established alternative protein upstarts — including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat — draw on plants as the feedstock for their innovations. Nature’s Fynd (formerly known as Sustainable Bioproducts) draws on a fermentation process linked to unique microbes that live in the geothermal hot springs of Yellowstone National Park. The company, which began production this month
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A pumpjack near the Yamashinskoye rural settlement in the Almetyevsk District. Yegor Aleyev | TASS | Getty Images Oil prices fell on Monday as governments escalated lockdowns to curb the spread of the global coronavirus outbreak that has slashed the demand outlook for oil and threatened a global economic contraction. Brent crude futures fell $1.09, or
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In 2012 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation published its first report analyzing the circular economy’s opportunities for business. This research focused on complex-medium-lived products and demonstrated that a circular economy scenario could represent a net material cost-saving opportunity of $520 billion to $630 billion a year in the EU in 2030. Analysis on washing machines indicated
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It turns out our economic systems are more fragile than we thought.  As locations across the world implement “shelter-in-place” orders in an effort to flatten the coronavirus contagion curve, we’re getting a real-time lesson in how intertwined our transportation and distribution systems are. It’s staggering to see how efforts to curb the human toll of
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Companies vying for climate leadership had better get in line. From Microsoft to Starbucks, there’s no shortage of organizations coming out with bold sustainability commitments — including net-positive, carbon-negative, science-based and all other manner of hyphenated ambition. Businesses seem to be stepping up to prioritize the climate crisis as never before. This is good news,
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Week in Review Commentary on this week’s news highlights begins at 4:09. COVID-19 and climate change: A healthy dose of reality Will COVID-19’s transport slowdown stick? Here’s how retail can be both sustainable and profitable Why do large asset managers vote against most climate-related shareholder proposals? Features ‘Well-governed companies are more resilient’ (20:56) Cornerstone Capital
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The first in a monthly series exploring how clean energy can deliver on finance and corporate social and governance goals alongside climate and environmental benefits. Solar deployment is accelerating as more states, municipalities and corporations adopt clean energy goals; and access is expanding as more states adopt community solar policies. At its current trajectory, however,
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