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The growing frequency and severity of extreme weather events caused by climate change is set to send property insurance prices soaring over the next 20 years, Swiss Re has warned. In a report published earlier this week, the reinsurance giant’s research unit calculated climate-related risks will drive a 22 percent increase in global property premiums,
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Earlier this summer, a slew of headlines showered doom and gloom on clothing rental schemes, proclaiming them “the worst green option,” “worse for the planet than just throwing [clothing] away” and “no cure for fast fashion.” All this vitriol came in the wake of a Finnish report that compares the global warming potential of a
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This article first appeared on Climate & Capital Media. Getting solar energy into minority communities in America’s south may sound challenging, but Clearloop, a firm that measures the carbon footprint of companies and offers offsets through new solar energy projects, is doing just that. The company is committed to expanding access to renewable energy in
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This article originally was published on Environmental Health News. Despite a revived national focus on environmental injustice, one group remains largely ignored: disabled people, who make up more than 25 percent of the U.S population. Even the definition of environmental justice provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t currently include disability. Yet, a recent study suggests that
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A new model compost procurement policy developed by the Environmental Law Institute and NRDC could help municipalities around the country in their efforts to divert food scraps and other organic materials from their landfills and incinerators and, in so doing, realize myriad economic and environmental benefits. The model policy, which is designed to be an off-the-shelf, easily adaptable tool,
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Long-duration energy storage — defined as a system that can store energy for more than 10 hours — is often called the Holy Grail of clean energy. It is the linchpin technology that will allow the economy to truly run off intermittent renewable energy sources and backup power after grid disruptions.  It’s been the Next
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In this article TSLA Smith Collection/Gado | Archive Photos | Getty Images Tesla is trying to placate some solar customers who say they faced sudden price hikes earlier this year, according to new filings with the U.S. district court in San Jose, California. In a Thursday filing, customers’ attorneys wrote, “Tesla informed counsel for Plaintiffs that Tesla had
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This week’s run time is 41:38. WEEK IN REVIEW (5:00) FEATURES Corporate sustainability’s diversity challenge (24:30) New research out this week from Diversity in Sustainability offers insights into the barriers that must be addressed to attract and include more Black, Indigenous, LatinX and Asian individuals in the corporate sustainability profession. Co-founder Heather Mak weighs in. 
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This article was adapted from the Climate Tech Weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. Entrepreneur Richard Hardiman sketched the inspiration for his plastic-grabbing aquadrone, WasteShark, while sipping coffee outside near a South African waterway.  It was there he watched a boat crew cruise around the basin, scooping up empty water bottles and other debris with what amounted
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Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free e-newsletter. Sign up here. Do-goo-der (noun): An earnest, often naïve humanitarian or reformer; a person who tries to help other people but who often does it in a way that is annoying. Last week, news circulated that a number of mission-driven companies plan to launch IPOs this fall. And
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