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Cooking the books: The magical math of ‘climate-friendly’ meat

Corporate Knights

A convoy of tractors was making its way to a Dutch government building in February when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out his support for farmers revolting against the EU’s regulatory push to drive down climate emissions: “I’m pro-environment, but I support the farmers! Farming has no material effect on climate change.” The online reaction was swift, with stats, charts, links and memes filling replies from all sides.

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The week in climate policy: 4 updates you need to know

GreenBiz

Permitting reform holds up renewable energy transmission in the West; the EU is getting serious about ocean conservation.

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Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids

Renew Economy

Battery storage becomes biggest supplier to California's grid in evening peak for first time. The post Battery storage becomes biggest source of supply in evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Coastal Second Harvest Food Bank Awarded Grant From Duke Energy Foundation

3BL Media

(Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida issued the following news release.) Funding expands hunger relief capabilities in central Florida ORLANDO, Fla., April 18, 2024 /3BL/ - Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida recently received a $27,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation through the Powerful Communities program. The funding expanded the cold storage capacity at eight of Second Harvest’s community feeding partners, allowing them to distribute even more perishable foods to neighbors

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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The growing movement to take the bull s**t out of organic farming

Corporate Knights

In his mid-20s, Jimmy Videle embarked on a road trip across the southern United States in his 1973 Volkswagen bus. Looking for a place to camp at the southern tip of Texas’s Gulf Coast, he came upon a dirt road lined with concentrated cattle-feeding operations. Thousands of cows were up to their knees and elbows in their own feces, and up the road a slurry of manure and rain was streaming into the Gulf of Mexico.

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These Chicago CEOs are pioneering circularity

GreenBiz

Local startup innovators share their origin stories and what’s next for the Windy City’s circular economy leadership.

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One third of China's urban population at risk of city sinking, new satellite data shows

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Land subsidence is overlooked as a hazard in cities, according to new research. Scientists used satellite data that accurately and consistently maps land movement across China.

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We need to talk about meat

Corporate Knights

By late February, the Smokehouse Creek wildfire in the Texas Panhandle had become the state’s first ever “gigafire,” a label saved for blazes that tear through more than a million acres. From a region that’s home to more cows than anywhere in the United States, images of cattle running from the “monster” blaze went viral, reminding us, yet again, that bad weather keeps getting worse.

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How Movement-Accountable Intermediaries Can Change Philanthropy (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation

By Sonya Childress , Sahar Driver , Aldita Amaru Gallardo , Jennie Goldfarb , Allistair Mallilin , Lindley Mease , alicia sanchez gill & angela vo Leaders of several intermediary organizations share how they envision their role within—and how they ultimately hope to upend—the philanthropic landscape.

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Victoria bans gas rebates and incentives for homes as shift to all-electric gathers pace

Renew Economy

Victoria bans fossil gas companies from offering cash incentives or rebates to households that install major new gas appliances, or connect to the gas network. The post Victoria bans gas rebates and incentives for homes as shift to all-electric gathers pace appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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38 trillion dollars in damages each year: World economy already committed to income reduction of 19 % due to climate change

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Even if CO2 emissions were to be drastically cut down starting today, the world economy is already committed to an income reduction of 19% until 2050 due to climate change, a new study finds. These damages are six times larger than the mitigation costs needed to limit global warming to two degrees. Based on empirical data from more than 1,600 regions worldwide over the past 40 years, scientists assessed future impacts of changing climatic conditions on economic growth and their persistence.

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Africa is already leading the plant-based future

Corporate Knights

T he narrative surrounding plant-based diets often centres on Western experiences, inadvertently sidelining the rich, diverse culinary traditions of other regions. It’s an oversight that becomes increasingly significant against the backdrop of demographic shifts predicting that by 2050, one in four people on the planet will be African. While demand for beef, chicken and pork are on the rise on the continent, Africans consumed just 9.6 kilograms of meat per capita from 2020 to 2022 compared to

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KPMG: Majority of U.S. CEOs Expect Significant Returns from Sustainability Investments Within 3-5 Years

ESG Today

The majority of U.S. CEOs expect to see significant returns from their company’s sustainability investments within three to five years, and the corporate leaders continue to rank ESG as their top operational priority, even in the face of inflationary and supply chain challenges and Gen AI-related opportunities, according to a new survey released by professional services firm KPMG US.

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Hydrogen in gas networks doubles dangerous leaks from home appliances

Renew Economy

The science is building against hydrogen in homes, with a new study showing a sharp increase in gas leaks from appliances using full or blended hydrogen. The post Hydrogen in gas networks doubles dangerous leaks from home appliances appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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Everything you wanted to know about carbon removals but were afraid to ask

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Decarbonization has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, but it also shows promise as a means of economic acceleration across the globe. Learn how.

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The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs

Impact Alpha

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in. The post The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Microplastics make their way from the gut to other organs

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have found that microplastics -- are having a significant impact on our digestive pathways, making their way from the gut and into the tissues of the kidney, liver and brain.

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Australia can achieve close to 100 pct renewables with today’s technologies: Are we up for the challenge?

Renew Economy

Australia can achieve close to 100% renewables with the technologies of today. The challenge is how to fill the gap. The post Australia can achieve close to 100 pct renewables with today’s technologies: Are we up for the challenge? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.

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America’s Top 10 Companies for Environmental Performance in 2024

Just Capital

2024 has already been a big year for environmental and climate action in the private sector. Governments of all sizes have implemented new measures that will require certain companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Following last year’s adoption of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and California’s two climate disclosure laws (the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act and the Climate-Related Financial Risk Act), the Securities and Exchange C

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Warming of Antarctic deep-sea waters contribute to sea level rise in North Atlantic, study finds

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Analysis of mooring observations and hydrographic data suggest the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation deep water limb in the North Atlantic has weakened. Two decades of continual observations provide a greater understanding of the Earth's climate regulating system.

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Technology denial: Columbia Law School debunks 33 biggest myths about solar, wind and EVs

Renew Economy

Columbia Law School researchers identify 33 of the most pervasive myths about solar, wind and electric vehicles and rebut them using transparent, fact-based responses. The post Technology denial: Columbia Law School debunks 33 biggest myths about solar, wind and EVs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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The battery cell component opportunity in Europe and North America

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Momentum for the battery cell component market is building rapidly in Europe and North America. To capitalize on this opportunity, suppliers will need to tackle several challenges head-on.

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The Brief: Catalyzing climate resilience for small farmers

Impact Alpha

Greetings Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: Featured: Adaptation Finance For these tech startups and investors, the next big thing is climate adaptation. The post The Brief: Catalyzing climate resilience for small farmers appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Pyrite, also known as fool's gold, may contain valuable lithium, a key element for green energy

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

The technology revolution and development of new renewable energy resources is driving demand for lithium to new heights, but it is not a common mineral. Scientists say they have found lithium in an unexpected place; fool's gold, or pyrite, deposits.

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The world is in an abusive relationship with fossil fuels. Now is the time to leave

Renew Economy

The truth of climate change is in the record heat, the flooding, the choking smoke, the red sky burning. Yet the fossil fuel companies tell us we can’t live without them. The post The world is in an abusive relationship with fossil fuels. Now is the time to leave appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Driving long-term business transformation

McKinsey Sustainabilty

What it takes to get transformation right, setting a company up to operate better today and handle disruption and change tomorrow with energized, creative employees.

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Fintech Startup Unwritten Raises $3.5 Million for Solution to Integrate Climate Change in Financial Decisions

ESG Today

UK fintech startup Unwritten announced that it has raised $3.5 million in a seed funding round, with proceeds aimed at advancing the company’s solutions enabling investors and companies to integrate climate change into their investment and capital allocation decisions. Launched in 2022 by co-founders Dr. Phillip Marks and Amos Wittenberg, London-based Unwritten, formerly Dovetail Finance, provides solutions aimed at enabling investors, lenders and companies to price climate opportunity and risk

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Substantial global cost of climate inaction

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Pioneering study reveals that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce the global economic costs of climate change by two thirds. If warming continues to 3 degrees Celsius, global GDP will decrease by up to 10 percent -- with the worst impacts in less developed countries.

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Nuclear power in Australia is a really bad idea. The ban ensures that is all it is

Renew Economy

You can’t prevent people from having bad ideas. But sometimes, a piece of legislation can prevent bad ideas from taking up large amounts of money and time. The post Nuclear power in Australia is a really bad idea. The ban ensures that is all it is appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.