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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – Based on the 2015 IPCC AR5

Originally published on Planetsave.com Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic,

How The Market Created Lobster Mac And Cheese

The Canadian lobster industry has experienced price volatility in recent years due to an unexpectedly high volume of lobster. In Canada, environmental regulation was so successful at protecting the stock of lobster that the supply well exceeded historical landings. This unanticipated influx of product to the market along with lack-lustre demand dragged prices so low that the

Sustainable Development – What It Really Means

Sustainable development is a holistic approach to decision-making and considers not only the economics of an action but also the social and environmental effects. It can sometimes be misconstrued as just environmental sustainability but it seeks to balance these three pillars. To ensure present and future needs are met, sustainable development emphasises the consideration of

Why Should Businesses Invest in Natural Capital?

The subject of natural capital, and natural capital accounting, is a divisive one. On one side, proponents of the practice believe that it’s an important piece of the sustainability puzzle, by enabling businesses to “gain insight into their environmental impacts, normalized to a common monetary unit.” On the other hand, detractors of natural capital accounting

Does Natural Capital Accounting Put Nature on Sale?

At first glance, natural capital accounting appears to be a valid step for businesses in the movement toward a more sustainable future, as it’s said to help those businesses gain a better understanding of their environmental impacts, by normalizing them into a monetary unit, which can be measured and tracked. However, according to Food &

Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit Launched by EDF

The largest natural resource on our planet, the ocean, is in serious danger of being depleted of some of its stock, which could have a major impact on those who depend on seafood and other products from the sea for food and for their livelihood. “Overfishing is one of the most urgent problems facing the

World Forum on Natural Capital Reframes Nature as Solution

How can we move away from business as usual, with all of the weight of its negative externalities and unintended consequences, and further toward a more sustainable world? One answer might lie in trying to focus more on natural capital, and less on financial capital, and an upcoming event could be an inspiring source for

Bad Bad Packaging

I can’t help myself! I review the shopping venues shelves, such as my local supermarket and Walmart, to investigate what manufacturers are doing to make the packaging of their products more sustainable. I have to admit that I focus on the negative. I really notice the packaging tragedies, and cringe to see just how bad

The Glaring Need for a Sustainability Info-rum

As consumer demand increases for green products and companies continue to embrace sustainability as a business strategy, it’s glaringly apparent that there is going to be a need for solid, data-driven information that can help companies make smart decisions. The Fortune 500 has started adding the Chief Sustainability Officer as an official C-suite position, but

Energy Production – Economically Speaking

Pairing the words “economy” and “energy” in the same sentence seems straightforward enough. Yet these two words–combined with the word “sustainable”–open up a world of controversy as well as immense opportunity. The controversy comes from differing opinions of how best to tap the Earth’s resources to meet humanity’s power needs. The opportunity is the number

Survey: Global Warming Takes a Back Seat to Other Environmental Issues

Is global warming taking a back seat to other environmental concerns? According to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Environment & Sustainability Survey, it is. According to the survey of more than 25,000 Internet respondents in 51 countries, concern about climate change/global warming among online consumers around the world has taken a back-seat to other environmental issues

Shell Finally Coming to Terms with Years of Nigerian Oil Spills

Following more than 50 years of oil extraction, corruption, human rights violations and environmental degradation, Shell has admitted responsibility for two large oil spills in 2008 and 2009 in the Niger Delta. This admission will allow those affected to seek damages through the British court system, which gives groups in the Delta, specifically Ogoniland, the

Zimbabwe Diamonds and the Kimberley Process: Round Something

For many years now, developing countries bestowed great amounts of natural resources were thought to be on a path to development based on the wealth of these resources, which are prized throughout the West.  Such resources have included oil, minerals, metals and of course diamonds.  However, almost exclusively, this potentially game-changing situation has lead to

When Is Junk Mail Going to Disappear?

About 7 months ago, following grad school I relocated to the great (not state although some are trying) District of Columbia. Although 7 months is not a very long time, one would think it would be long enough for me to stop receiving previous tenant’s junk mail. In fact, it’s not just one previous tenant,

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