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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

How Costa Rica’s Decarbonization Plans Aim to Protect ‘Pura Vida’

Costa Rica is highly exposed to climate-change risks. But the tiny, lush, Central American country is leading a quiet revolution in how it both adapts to such changes and mitigates its own GHGs.

Linked Climate Variability Between Distant Regions Highlights Interconnectivity of Global Climate Change

A new report on teleconnections between the Amazon rainforest and the Tibetan Plateau creates new understanding of interconnected tipping elements and their perilously close tipping points: “The major lesson here is that it’s a small world.”

Truly Closing the Loop: The ‘Recyclable’ vs ‘Circular’ Distinction

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The term 'recycling' has become ubiquitous in our daily lives, but the nuances between ‘recyclable’ and ‘circular’ are often misunderstood. Understanding the distinction between the two is crucial in achieving a sustainable future.

What Would the Naturalist President, Teddy Roosevelt, Make of the Business-Nature Relationship in 2023?

In his assessment, Roosevelt might consider three fundamental, ongoing developments — as the business world finally begins to recognize the role of healthy ecosystems in a healthy economy.

3 Energy and Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2023

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. With the year in full swing, we expect to see further innovations to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption; and overall, advance sustainability in the energy industry.

Sobering Report Says Auto Industry Will Spend Remaining Carbon Budget Well Ahead of Schedule

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Commissioned by EV makers Polestar and Rivian, the report details three levers that need to be pulled in unison and at full tilt for the industry to meet critical climate-action targets.

Report: People in US More Concerned Over Climate Than Ever

Yale’s latest ‘Climate Change in the American Mind’ report reveals respondents’ feelings about climate change and the role of business and government in driving meaningful action — beginning with a transition to clean energy.

Economic Centers in China, US Top Global Ranking for Climate and Extreme Weather Risks

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. “Since extensive built infrastructure generally overlaps with high levels of economic activity and capital value, it is imperative that the physical risk of climate change is appropriately understood and priced."

NZAOA Updates Protocols to Provide Clearer Path to Portfolio Decarbonization

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Investment portfolio emissions make up the lion’s share of an asset owner’s footprint. The Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance’s newest Protocol aims to fight inertia in pro-climate financing and get investor portfolios in line with science by 2050.

Store Shelves of the Future: Packaging for a Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. We recently gathered leaders from McKinsey, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive to ponder what consumer products and their packaging will look like in 2035 and beyond.

England’s Partial Single-Use Plastic Ban Greeted with Lukewarm Response

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Starting in October, the country will phase out a variety of single-use plastic products; but most think it does not go far enough to tackle pollution and waste.

Brands Grapple with Sustainable Growth in Crowded, Stalling, Alternative-Protein Market

Industry players must keep making their products even more attractive, appeal to older generations and bring down costs. Only then can we address the significant environmental impacts of animal agriculture while satisfying the meat-loving masses.

National Coalition Launches Community- and Equity-Driven '30x30' Agenda for Nature

The 150-member America the Beautiful for All Coalition brings diverse experiences and perspectives to the frontline fight to save 30 percent of US land, fresh water and ocean by 2030.

Farming More Seaweed Could Be Sustainable Way Forward for Food, Feed, Fuel

Seaweed has great potential as a superfood and a building block for products including plastics, fibers and fuel. Expanding seaweed farming could help reduce demand for crops on land and global GHGs from agriculture by up to 2.6B tonnes of CO2e per year.

Purposeful Policy: How Governments at All Levels Everywhere Can Accelerate the Purpose Economy

Policymakers everywhere now have a blueprint — and role models — for purposeful policy to better align corporate behaviour with public interest and to create allies for the work that lies ahead.

Study: CSOs Committed to Decarbonization But Skittish About Offsetting

Carbon management is top priority for Chief Sustainability Officers; but many are stymied by uncertainty around the most impactful strategies. Here, South Pole adds context and insight to the debate.

WWF Tool Helps Companies, Investors Mitigate Biodiversity Risks Across Their Operations

The tool includes over 50 biodiversity-relevant data layers that collectively provide a global, holistic picture of nature-related risk — the first-ever platform that brings together such a diverse range of data specifically for the purpose of analyzing biodiversity-related risks to corporates and investors.

Trending: Reports Call for Fashion to End Its Wicked Ways

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. New reports by Zero Waste Europe and Planet Tracker slam the industry for piecemeal attempts at sustainability and circularity; where it fails to adopt more holistic approaches and take greater responsibility for environmental and social issues, investors must help move the needle.

Faroe Islands ‘Preservolution’ Strategy Prioritizes Sustainability, Engages Local Residents

Visit Faroe Islands’ innovative strategy and annual ‘Closed for Maintenance’ voluntourism program illustrate the destination’s dual commitment to both promotion and the sustainable development. Lacking relevant legislation, VFI uses tourism to support sustainable development on a broader scale.

Food Donation Improvement Act Brings Measured Change, Opportunity to Reduce US Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Updated federal guidelines that reduce donor liability could begin to change the conversation around what is acceptable to consumers, especially as much-needed food begins to make its way to those who need it most.