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Louisiana’s $50-billion Bet on the Issue of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Posted by Greg Gasperecz on May 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has released the 2017 draft for a 5-year Master Plan which calls for spending $50 billion for coastal restoration and protection during the next 50 years. Overall, the plan represents an outstanding effort by CPRA. Notably, the Plan estimates sea level rise caused by climate change to be 1.4 to 2.7 feet in that time span. This estimate is consistent with recent scientific studies which forecast approximately 6 feet of sea level rise in our children’s lifetimes (by the end of this century). 1,2,3

Deforestation in Supply Chains: A Climate Change Challenge to Sustainable Development

Posted by Ben Wilde on May 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Why deforestation is critical to business and the Global Goals


Addressing deforestation is critical to business, climate action and sustainable development. The global trade of soy, palm oil, cattle products and timber products (the four forest-risk commodities) is a major contributor of deforestation. If businesses don’t address their presence in supply chains, there will be significant ramifications for their reputation, operations and expenditure. Two international agreements with massive investor influence, the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), have challenged businesses to address their supply chains in relation to deforestation and climate change. Sustainable development hinges on this critical issue.

More Transparency is needed in Ontario’s Cap and Trade

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on May 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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More needs to be done to ensure the success of Ontario’s Cap and Trade (C&T) program; otherwise misinformation and misunderstanding will be manipulated by politicians and others to scuttle it to keep the status quo. To prevent that, Ontario needs to expand its commitment to greater transparency, and accountability in the following key areas:

Forest-Risk Commodities: A Major Cause of Deforestation, Emissions and Climate Change

Posted by Alicia Godlove on May 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new compass for businesses, says Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, in a new report called “Revenue at risk: Why addressing deforestation is critical to business success.” He says that addressing the impact of deforestation is “critical to delivering a sustainable post-2020 global economy” in a world of climate change. CDP is a prominent framework for companies and cities to disclose their environmental impacts. In addition to their Climate Change and Water programs, the CDP Forests program was established in 2013 and focuses on how companies are managing and mitigating the risk associated with the sourcing or production of the four commodities most responsible for deforestation – timber products, palm oil, soy and cattle products. According to Simpson, this is the next level of disclosure. He added that businesses and disclosure is the key to achieving climate change or emissions goals set by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

Toxic Chemicals: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Where to Find Them

Posted by Ben Wilde on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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In part one of our discussion on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), their definition, governance and main classes were briefly discussed. The significance of POPs cannot be understated due to their presence in systems essential to life such as the food chain, as well as industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.

Green Tips for a Happy Earth Day from ADEC Innovations

Posted by Megan Crawford on Apr 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Primer on Toxic Chemicals in the Environment

Posted by Wendy Ye on Apr 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Farming, using your favorite shampoo and driving down the highway – these and thousands of other mundane activities like these keep the world running. These familiar activities may also leave chemicals toxic to human health commonplace in the environment, products and food.

MetricsTrac: For Timely and Accurate Sustainability Reports

Posted by Walter Wooten on Apr 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Creating a sustainability report can be a time-intensive process. It involves collecting, evaluating and interpreting large amounts of data. Many companies usually have to source and put together sustainability data from different facilities, locations and teams. And some companies do not have the tools to manage and report their sustainability data. These situations can compromise the timeliness and quality of a sustainability report, which in turn can negatively affect a company’s reputation among stakeholders. For this reason, a sustainability metrics tracking application like MetricsTrac is essential when it comes to maximizing the usefulness of your data and coming up with a timely and accurate sustainability report.

How the Business Community Can Help Alleviate Poverty

Posted by Michele Carchman on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Poverty can have adverse effects on business operations. Poverty is often associated with illiteracy, which can affect productivity. Employees with poor literacy skills may struggle to fully understand workflow instructions. Consequently, they are prone to making work-related mistakes, resulting in lost profits and reduced customer confidence. 

The Commercial Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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CCS Background

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) involves securing carbon dioxide (CO2) at its emission source, storing, and isolating it, thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere and negating its global warming effects. CCS is not new – there are several different CCS technologies, and the CO2 can be stored underground or underwater.  One of the more recent breakthroughs is using reactive basalt, a volcanic rock found in abundance, to turn the liquefied CO2 into stable carbonate.