Households that opt for a white roof could reduce their residential air conditioning bills by an estimated 20%. In all, with roughly 90% of U.S. roofs painted black, that’s a savings of $1 billion per year in the U.S. alone.
Increasingly, the world’s poor are able to securely borrow small amounts of money through microfinance institutes. This is proving to be an essential element of growth for poor or rural populations and their businesses.
The multi-billion-dollar crusade to promote renewable energy is now in its third decade. Today, however, as climate legislation emerges worldwide, the list of renewable fuels that were once promising are being questioned on grounds of practicality.
Today, organic foods differ from “conventional” foods because they are made in a way that limits or excludes the use of non-organic pesticides, insecticies and herbicides during production. Livestock must be reared without the routine use of antibiotics and hormones. In most countries, organic produce is regulated to exclude genetic modifications. So if organic food contains “less,” why does it cost more?
Marine Photo Bank Currently in the United States, two major environmental events are simultaneously playing out. The first is the fate of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill that was, up until very recently, believed to be dead in the water. The...
Though investors must beware of window-dressing “commitments” and distractions, certain companies are publishing innovative CSR reports can positively change the way the investors engage with a company. Trust and reliability are now enforced through globally accepted standards and stronger, more relevant assurance processes. By understanding how to identify these qualities, a CSR report can be a powerful tool for investment-based decision making.
At the time of writing this post, a two-tonne plug is being lowered in to the Gulf of Mexico, in an attempt to stop one of the largest oil leaks in history. In Washington this week, the blame game began, as executives of BP, Transocean and Halliburton — the three main companies connected with the oil spill — testified in the Senate.
Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world and as such, the world’s most targeted business: subject to criticism for both alleged and confirmed wrongdoings. Thanks to its ever-growing reach, its environmental footprint is particularly significant.
Some businesses are seeing a major opportunity to harness energy growth while also offering attractive returns to investors. These opportunities exist mainly in the “cleantech” sector, with companies whose core business is in the development and deployment of green technologies.
I am at Whole Foods in Toronto, where I just bought two plums and a banana for almost $5.00. Steep prices are standard at fancy Whole Foods. But in fact, no matter where you get food – from Safeway to Trader Joe’s, to T.G.I. Friday’s – price tags have become significantly higher than they were ten years ago. Ever wondered why?