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Nature: How do you see yourself?

  
  
  
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When you think about the environment, where do you see yourself? Are you an outsider looking at the concept of your surroundings as if you were watching a movie unfold in a theatre? Or are you part of that movie – moving, creating, influencing, and actively living within it as an inseparable part of your surroundings?

How the Retail Industry is Adapting to the Sustainability Agenda

  
  
  
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Sustainability in the retail industry has evolved in recent years. As consumers become more conscious of their environmental impact, companies are also starting to adapt to sustainability trends. A company that adapts sustainability practices shows that it exists not only to gain profit and drive revenue growth; but also that they recognize their responsibility to be accountable to the community and the environment.

Green Vehicles - A Cleaner Way to Travel

  
  
  
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In this day and age of green technology, there is a wide range of selection for those of us who are considering the purchase or lease of a new eco-friendly vehicle. Compared to the last decade, a recent look at the new 2014 vehicle lineup reveals a larger selection of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles. Electric cars have engines that run on electricity and do not require gasoline, while Hybrids use electricity for shorter distances but also have gasoline for long drives and high speeds. These eco-friendly cars come with many advantages to the consumers, such as: Fuel costs, energy security, tax benefits, less greenhouse gas emissions, faster commuting times and power efficiency.

Below is a timeline that highlights the evolution of hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles:


Environmental Risk Management on Climate Change

  
  
  
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“We live in an era of man-made climate change”. This is what climate change consultant and co-chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) Vicente Barros said in the report entitled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. It is evident that the impacts brought about by climate change can be felt all over the world. The recent IPCC report discussed the repercussions of climate change as it affects people, economies and the Earth’s ecosystems.

Our Environment: To Fear or Not to Fear?

  
  
  
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Throughout the experiences that I have had in the environmental sector, whether through jobs, internships, learning, or interacting with my peers, I have continually noticed that where there is a lack of understanding or knowledge, there is often a lack of passion or concern. Reflecting on this idea, I applied this concept to myself and I had to agree – when I don’t realize how an issue or topic relates to myself, a task at hand, or the well-being of those around me, I tend to not care as much. This inspired me to then put myself outside of my environmental passions and imagine what my opinions would be if I instead grew up learning in another field of study, such as finance, communications, or even business for example.

How Green is the Food Sector?

  
  
  
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Greening is good! As sustainability and population growth continue to shape the global corporate realm, businesses coming from various industries are also expected to adjust with the trend. In particular, the food sector can make significant contributions in reducing resource consumption, wastage and carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy and Biological Issues

  
  
  
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As the costs associated with oil and gas production begin to increase, both investors and consumers have begun to recognize the importance of cultivating alternative forms of energy. It is well-recognized that solar and wind energy are renewable resources that are readily available to use as long as we have the right conditions, resources and technology. Generally, solar and wind technologies are attractive sources of alternative energy because they are considered to be passive and low maintenance, it also has the ability to be easily integrated into urban infrastructure and industrial design. As the local, state, and federal agencies are receiving an outpour of renewable energy development applications, it has become increasingly important to be familiar with the potential challenges that may arise in order to undertake these efforts.  

SMEs Can Win Over Supply Chain Challenges

  
  
  
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In recent years, we have seen how supply chains played an important role in many large corporations’ wider sustainability strategies. As these big businesses now thrive and reap the fruits of their sustainability efforts, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are now at the receiving end of increasing supply chain pressures triggered by issues like resource depletion. The stakeholders of these SMEs also have a growing concern over corporate ethics and policies. Moreover, SMEs bear the brunt of external pressures from customers who now “demand” to know more about their business, products, services and even corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Sensitive Species Investigations: Do Burrowing Owls Actually Burrow?

  
  
  
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Although the answer may seem obvious to biologists, ornithologists and avid bird watchers - based from my discussions among colleagues, friends, family and the general public - the answer may not be so obvious after all.  It is a common misnomer to think that the common name of a species is indicative to their specific physical trait or behavior. However, the colloquial names of animals do not necessarily give their exact distinctive trait . One thing is clear though, burrowing owls definitely nest in burrows. But do they build these burrows themselves? Let’s find out more about the burrowing owl and their natural habitat.

Natural History

UK Businesses’ Preparation for International Climate Change Impacts

  
  
  
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The Industrial Revolution originated from Britain in the late 19th century. Through the nation’s massive reserves of coal and iron ore, the British created the world’s first large-scale machineries that led to establishing factories, facilitating mass production, and ultimately propagating economic growth. With almost 200 years’ experience in handling continuous modernization and industrialization, businesses, governments, and citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) are now working to ensure that economic growth is sustainable—one that would securely meet the needs of future generations. Such was the impetus of CDP’s efforts to establish one of the world’s first (and largest) repositories of environmental disclosure and performance data back in 2000, and to serve as a collaboration platform for companies, cities, investors, and policymakers.

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