The world’s major oil companies are so tightly aligned that they were once known as the Seven Sisters. But as the climate crisis grows, the family bond is fading.
In April, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had recently reviewed its role in 19 industry associations in Europe, North America and Australia and that it would pull out of one of them and serve notice to nine more.
Relative to major oil peers, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant has been among the leaders on climate change, endorsing the Paris Agreement as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Continue Reading...
Tim Nash’s sustainable stock showdown: Canopy vs The Green Organic Dutchman
Posted April 15, 2019
In honour of the first legal 4/20 celebration in Canada, we're exploring which pot stocks will create the cleanest hit
We all know that investors shouldn’t buy high, but where does that leave investors in cannabis? In honour of the first legal 4/20 celebration in Canada, we’re exploring which pot stocks will create the cleanest hit for sustainable investors.
Before we get started, I need to communicate that cannabis stocks are much riskier investments than the typical big companies we look at in this column. A high Beta suggests heavy volatility, so only invest if you’re ready to put on a safety belt and go along for an intense ride.Continue Reading...
Posted August 11, 2017
Paying for forests conserves a vital world resource, but somebody must pay the locals a tangible share of the benefits.
Posted January 12, 2016
Can a changing climate hamper hydropower’s role in the shift to a low-carbon future?
In a world struggling to meet a growing demand for energy while also managing carbon emissions, hydropower is a source of hope. Though massive dams and reservoirs can take decades and billions of dollars to construct, not to mention have a negative impact on fragile ecosystems, generating hydroelectricity is relatively clean and low cost when compared with other energy sources. It’s also a very flexible form of electricity production – unlike most fossil fuels and renewables, it can be ramped up and dispatched quickly.Continue Reading...
Taking climate risks and opportunities that exist for supply chains seriously
Posted January 27, 2015
CDP says companies need to lift the veil on their supply chains to tackle climate change.
Last month, I explored how little we know about carbon emissions.
When companies say they are measuring their emissions, they are usually talking about the carbon produced by their own operations and energy use. These are called Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
But there is a significant chunk of carbon that isn't accounted for by these measurements. Scope 3 emissions include everything from transportation, emissions created in the supply chain, and the use of products in the consumer’s home.Continue Reading...
The B Corp Handbook
Posted October 7, 2014
This step-by-step guide on how to become a B Corp. will likely accelerate the growth of socially conscious companies.
Ryan Honeyman’s new book, The B Corp Handbook, opens with a declaration of interdependence for a fast-growing community of companies that seeks to use the power of business as a force for good.
This inspirational manifesto, “We envision a new sector of the economy which harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit,” sets the tone for Honeyman’s thorough examination of Certified B Corporations, also known as B Corps.
There are more than 1,100 certified B Corps around the globe. This book, which is a practical and useful, step-by-step guide on how to become a B Corp, will likely accelerate the growth of these companies.Continue Reading...
Igniting citizen science
Posted September 26, 2014
Public participation in scientific experiments gives citizens a newfound respect for their environment.
This article was originally posted on the Environmental Protection Agency's blog, It's Our Environment. To view the original link, please click here.
Citizen science is forcing us to rethink how science is performed, for whom science is conducted, and its role in our society.
In essence, citizen science refers to the participation of the public in the activities and tasks of scientific experimentation. The main objective of citizen science is to engage non-scientists by having them contribute ideas to a scientific endeavor. Basically, citizen science motivates non-scientists to develop new knowledge that contributes to a better understanding of the role of science in our society. Just like citizen journalism has gained relevance over the past few years, with blogs and tweets carrying the news of the moment, citizen science is also gaining ground. Most scientific disciplines will soon have some elements of citizen science involvement in their investigations.Continue Reading...
Our radioactive reality
Posted February 12, 2014
Support it or not, the four decades of highly toxic nuclear waste is here for the long haul. So what are we doing about it?
Nuclear waste. When these two words are spoken, the camps are drawn.
Nuclear proponents say, “No problem, all is well. We’re talking minor amounts. This shouldn’t be a barrier to building new reactors or refurbishing old ones.”
Nuclear opponents say, “Along with issues such as safety, security, nuclear weapons use and high costs, waste management is yet another reason to reject nuclear as an energy option.”Continue Reading...