Carbon emissions from warming soils could trigger disastrous feedback loop

26-year study reveals natural biological factors kick in once warming reaches certain point, leading to potentially unstoppable increase in temperatures.

Warming soils are releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than previously thought, suggesting a potentially disastrous feedback mechanism whereby increases in global temperatures will trigger massive new carbon releases in a cycle that may be impossible to break.

The increased production of carbon comes from the microbes within soils, according to a report in the peer-review journal Science, published on Friday.

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Source: Guardian

Mars in strategic push to eradicate slavery from its entire value chain

The confectionary giant’s new Sustainable in a Generation plan includes a commitment to work with Verité on tackling human rights and sharing results with competitors

Human rights issues will be as important as climate change in Mars, Inc’s new $1bn sustainability strategy announced this week, its Sustainable in a Generation plan.

Most press coverage of the new plan, launched by CEO Grant Reid ahead of the UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York City, surrounded Mars’ commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050 (compared to 2015), and to eliminate GHG from its 420 sites across the world by 2040, a dramatic increase on its previous commitment, which focused only on its direct operations.

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Source: Ethical Corporation

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible

The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.

An updated analysis using the latest data shows the global carbon emissions budget that meets the 1.5C goal is significantly bigger than thought, equivalent to 20 years of current annual emissions.

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Source: The Guardian

Evian aims to water down its carbon emissions

Evian aims to become the first major spring water brand to go carbon neutral amid criticism that packaging water from the French Alps and transporting it around the world in plastic bottles causes unnecessary environmental damage.

Danone, the brand’s owner, is spending €280m on the project, said CEO Emmanuel Faber, who reinaugurated the Evian factory on Tuesday. The site itself is now carbon neutral and is fully powered by renewable sources. Danone aims to offset the pollution caused by transporting Evian water by 2020 as it expands rail transport and promotes biogas.

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Source: Business Day

Mars counters Trump’s climate stance with $1bn sustainability plan

Confectionery firm also launches M&Ms renewable energy campaign as part of a growing corporate backlash against the US’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal.

The corporate backlash is growing against Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, with Mars launching a $1bn sustainability plan and an M&M’s campaign centred on renewable energy.

It is the latest climate move by the family owned firm, which emerged as a vocal critic of the US president’s decision to pull out of the 2015 climate pact, saying it was “disappointed” with the withdrawal and stressing that corporations could not go it alone when it came to tackling climate change.

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Source: The Guardian

Brewing a more Sustainable Future

Coors Light extends eco-conscious heritage, focused on all of us doing a little better, and a little more, to create a sustainable future.

Every time you toss an aluminum can into a recycling bin, you’re living a legacy pioneered by Bill Coors. The visionary beer brewer helped introduce the idea of recyclable aluminum cans in the 1950s, and Coors Brewing has been a leader in innovative waste reduction, waste conservation, energy, and sustainable brewing practices ever since.

The organization’s history shows that building a brand, and a more sustainable future, can go hand in hand.

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Source: National Geographic

Companies still struggling to quantify the impacts of sustainability

46% of companies state they’re not accurately measuring the impacts of their sustainability activities

As highlighted across our events in 2016, many CEOs and business leaders understand the benefits that being a responsible and sustainable company brings.

And this sentiment is echoed throughout our Responsible Business Trends report (74% of our near 2,500 respondents stated their CEOs see the value of sustainability). However, one of the stand-out challenges from the report is proving the value and return of sustainability with empirical justification and metrics.

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Source: Ethical Corporation

Millennials are driving a $9 trillion change in investing

Millennials aren’t just eating avocado toast and snapchatting; they’re also driving the growth of a $9 trillion market on Wall Street: sustainable investing.

Sustainable investment products, which aim to deliver outsize returns and remedy societal and environmental ills, have grown at a rate of more than 33% between 2014 and 2016 in the US, according to a newly released report by Morgan Stanley. The market for such products, as a result, has grown from $6.57 trillion to $8.72 trillion.

Morgan Stanley’s “Sustainable Signals” report, a sequel to a 2015 report on the subject conducted by the bank’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, examines the findings of an impact-investing-focused survey of 1,000 active investors across the age spectrum. It found that millennials have underpinned the growth of the market for impact investing and the adoption of sustainable portfolio options and other products such as green bonds and green ETFs.

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Source: Business Insider UK

Earth Overshoot Day: From this day on we’re using an unsustainable amount of the Earth’s resources

Today marks Earth Overshoot Day – the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth’s natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year.

Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable trajectory.

Through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester, humans are demanding more from the earth than it can produce.

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Source: Telegraph

Few products contain recycled plastics – are consumers part of the problem?

Recycled plastics can be less aesthetically pleasing. Consumer expectation and technical issues make increasing recycled plastic content an uphill challenge

Straws lodged in turtle’s nostrils and plastic bags clogging city streets – the world is oversaturated with waste plastic and the issue has reached fever pitch. Increasing the amount of recycled plastic in products could go some way towards reining in ever-higher volumes entering the environment.

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Source: The Guardian