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Hurricane Sandy

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 »

buildings

How to Build Better Buildings

US design and construction companies along with building owners and operators have agreed to incorporate resilience in planning, building materials selection, design, construction and operational techniques. The industry groups define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events. The … Read more »

Hurricane Sandy damage in New York

Starbucks, Unilever Urge White House ‘Prepare for Climate Change’

One year after Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in $70 billion in economic losses, 20 major companies including Starbucks, Unilever and Mars have called on President Obama and the White House to follow through on climate change preparedness efforts outlined in the president’s Climate Action Plan. The corporate signatories of the … Read more »

NY Building Codes Could Raise Costs

New construction and major renovation projects in New York City could get more expensive under major changes to the city’s building codes, spurred by Hurricane Sandy. Hospitals and other key facilities would have to improve measures to protect windows from high winds, possibly costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Sues Exxon, Smog Rules ‘Could Cost $1 Trillion’

The Justice Department and the state of Arkansas filed a lawsuit Thursday against Exxon Mobil over the 5,000-barrel Pegasus pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. The two parties are seeking civil penalties, and the state is also seeking a judgment on Exxon’s liability for damages. The March spill contaminated 22 homes, … Read more »