(3BL/JustMeans) We depend on pollinators like bees and other insects more than we realize. They help pollinate almost 75 percent of our crops, including most fruits and vegetables. Without them, we would have little to eat. Pollination by US honey bees in 2010 contributed to more than $19 billion worth of crops, and pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to almost $10 billion of crops the same year.
FROM THE EDITOR
Trump’s Energy Week Policy is Rejected by Nation’s Mayors
It’s “Energy Week,” during which President Trump plans to promote US policy energy at events that focus on local and state energy issues. His stance is, of course, built on American production of oil and natural gas, and withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change agreement. But pushback has already kicked off the week. Leaders of more than 250 cities at the US Conference of Mayors have unanimously committed to renewable sources as the sole urban power within the next 20 years. Most mayors also signed on to uphold the terms of the Paris accords. One reward was immediate: former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that his charity will pay out $200 million as seed money to cities to deal with urban issues—including fighting global warming.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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Sustainalytics, a provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings, and analytics, released a thematic research report, 10 for 2017: Investment Themes in a Changing World, earlier this year. The report looks at the key drivers of 10 ESG investment themes that are expected to create new risks and opportunities for investors.
By Kathleen Furore
Shoppers who visited the Kroger store in New Castle, Indiana last December had the chance not only to buy groceries, but also to adopt a pet from the New Castle-Henry County Animal Shelter.
The store even paid the $95-per-pet adoption fee, and handed out free pet food and toys to customers who took home a furry new family member.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green bonds are debt instruments designed to finance environment-friendly projects. With most of the world now more strongly aligned on tackling climate change, governments and institutions are increasingly recognizing the potential of the green bond market as a significant transformational force to achieve carbon-reduction goals.
(3BL/JustMeans) Mining is an industry that uses much water and energy. One mining company is doing what it can to become more environmentally friendly. That company is Newmont Mining Corporation, which has active gold mines in Australia, Peru, Suriname, Ghana and the U.S.
About 30 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted. In 2010, 31 percent of food waste translated to 133 billion pounds of food worth $161 billion. Food waste is the single largest component of trash in municipal landfills. Food sent to landfill gives off methane as it rots, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon. Landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.