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US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a report by CDP and Accenture. Supply chain sustainability revealed: a country comparison also finds suppliers in China and India deliver the greatest … Read more »

NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale … Read more »

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Report: Climate Change Increasing Conflict Risk in 32 Countries

Climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is increasing the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to a report by global risk analytics company Maplecroft. These risks in a country have the potential to destabilize … Read more »

Groups Petition FDA to Ban Imported PFCs in Paper Products

A group of consumer and health organizations has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban perchlorate and perfluorocarboxylates in paper products that are imported into the US, citing potential harm to human health. In 2011, three US manufacturers voluntarily stopped using the chemicals … Read more »

Farmers Fight Coca-Cola Over Groundwater

In Mehadiganj village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, the lack of groundwater has set farmers against a local Coca-Cola bottling plant, as both vie for the dwindling resource, according to Bloomberg. In August, Coca-Cola abandoned a $24 million expansion plan for the site, citing delays in permits to extract more water, … Read more »

DuPont: India Confident In Green, Biobased Products

A majority of Indian consumers are familiar with green products, have confidence that green products are better for the environment, and feel that biobased ingredients enhance the desirability of a product, according to a survey by DuPont and TNS Global. The research took place in 12 major Indian cities with … Read more »

IBM to Supply Big Data for Water Management in India

IBM will supply the Kerala Water Authority in India with its Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyze, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. KWA is looking to the system for help in equitably supplying water and to give it the ability to monitor and flag irregularities … Read more »

China, US, India Lead Record-Setting Carbon Pollution

Global carbon pollution reached a record high last year, spurred by China, the US and India, according to researched published in the peer-reviewed journals Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change. Carbon emissions worldwide totaled 39.8 billion tons — some 778 million tons or 2.3 percent more than the previous year, … Read more »

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Pepsi Bottles Cashew Juice, Scales Up Sustainable Supply Chain

PepsiCo will begin incorporating cashew juice into its blended juice products next spring, in a partnership with the Clinton Foundation that aims to encourage sustainable agriculture and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Maharashtra, India. At the center of the partnership is cashew fruit, the swollen stem of a … Read more »