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How Dow Protects Its Business Assets Using Nature

Dow Chemical and The Nature Conservancy have released a new study focusing on how nature can help protect business assets from natural disasters. Based on research completed as part of the ongoing Dow-TNC collaboration, the study demonstrates that asset protection strategies can include green infrastructure — such as marshes, mangroves, … Read more »

How Companies Can Adapt to Climate Change

How Companies Can Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change poses a host of risks to businesses, from infrastructure damage caused by extreme weather events to increased price volatility of raw materials and reputational risks. A McKinsey & Company report outlines these risks — and what leading companies are doing to turn these risk into a competitive advantage. … Read more »

EPA Releases Climate Plans

The EPA has released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. These Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, … Read more »

Why Sea Level Rise Matters to Business

The Association of Climate Change Officers has published two white papers that focus on the challenges and opportunities of addressing sea level rise related risks in the public and private sectors. Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities, says climate-change related sea level rise presents … Read more »

Report: Climate Change Offers Business Opportunities

Global disasters related to the weather offer significant opportunities for companies positioned to help clients prepare for the consequences of climate change, according to a report by Environmental Business International. In its report, EBI looks at how service providers are positioning their companies to work in this sector and also … Read more »

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How to Build Sustainable Communities

Sustainable facilities, green building and infrastructure can help communities become more flood resilient and save billions of dollars, according to an EPA tool. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure … Read more »

Maximizing Food Sales By Tracking Weather

Maximizing Food Sales By Tracking Weather

Advance knowledge of weather changes or extreme weather events can make a huge difference in the day-to-day success of the food and beverage retail sector, especially with perishable or seasonal goods, according to a study by Met Office. In a survey of the top 25 CEOs in the UK, weather was listed as one … Read more »

Why Doing Nothing to Curb GHGs Is ‘Risky Business’

Why Doing Nothing to Curb GHGs Is ‘Risky Business’

Businesses can still avoid the most severe risks from climate change through early investments in resilience and immediate action to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, according to a report by the Risky Business Project. The report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States, … Read more »

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

Climate Change Response a ‘Competitive Advantage’

In a state-by-state analysis of the business response to climate change, a CDP report shows companies across America are factoring global warming into their business planning because they see climate action as a prudent way to build competitive advantage for their firms nationally and globally. The new report examines the … Read more »

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Climate Change Costing Companies ‘Millions’

Gap, HP and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are among the S&P 500 companies facing climate change related risks and costs, according to a CDP report. The report, which reviews findings from CDP 2011-2013 disclosures, finds reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities, reduced product … Read more »

Kellogg, General Mills ‘Not Doing Enough About Climate Change’

Kellogg, General Mills ‘Not Doing Enough About Climate Change’

The “Big 10” food and beverage companies — Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever — together emit 263.7 million tons of GHGs, more than Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway combined, an Oxfam report says. Standing on the Sidelines says these companies … Read more »

Australian Heat Wave Threatens Crops, Livestock

Australia’s heat wave is hurting agricultural production and livestock farmers, Reuters reports. Less available water for crops will have a negative impact on crops including wheat and sugar, Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank, tells the news agency. Australia is the second largest wheat exporter and the third … Read more »