Author: Ken Silverstein

Boatman Harendra Sahni punts through flooded farmland near the village of Madhubani Ghat in east … [+] Champaran. This is in the province of Bihar which was devastated by the worst flooding in living memory which has submerged thousands of villages and huge swathes of farmland in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In Bihar alone more than 515 people have perished and more than 16 million people in 7,972 villages have been affected. At least two million people have displaced and are forced to live outdoors on higher ground. These floods were caused by the sort of extreme and unpredictable…

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(Credit: Pixabay)Legrand designs electrical and digital solutions for electric vehicles, lighting controls, and data centers. The French company does business in 90 countries, and its products are distributed in 180. It builds sustainability into its mission and products, intending to reduce its environmental footprint.  “Legrand’s responsibility is to limit the impact of its activities on the environment, and to be a benchmark player in the onset of a low carbon society,” the company says. “This responsibility extends through our locations around the globe and into the life cycle of our products, from their design to the end of their useful…

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Transcontinental Inc., known as TC Continental, is Canada’s largest printer and flexible packaging business. It is committed to the circular economy, especially plastics, and the reduction of the corporate carbon footprint. The company had $2.6 billion in revenues in 2021 and employed 8,000 people. It has 41 operating facilities.  It says that all of its plastics and packaging will be recyclable or reusable — and it will work to do the same in its supply chain and where it operates.  “Moreover, TC Transcontinental is the first North American flexible packaging manufacturer to obtain a Sustainability Linked Loan, which provides for…

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SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 09: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president, … [+] greets supporters outside of the Sindicato dos Metalurgicos do ABC on November 9, 2019 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Brazil accepted former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvas request for immediate release, according to the countrys top court Friday. The iconic leader of the Worker’s Party was serving a 12-year sentence since 2018 on corruption charges. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)Getty ImagesThe world is mourning Pelé’s passing — a Brazilian soccer star who grew up dirt poor and would become a…

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Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) in Marantaceae forest, Odzala-Kokoua National Park, … [+] Cuvette-Ouest Region, Republic of the Congo. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesDuring the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this month, President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to the continent, underscoring the need to provide monies for climate adaptation — funds that can help Africa expand its energy infrastructure. Indeed, about 570 million sub-Saharan Africans lack access to reliable electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, sub-Saharan Africa requires $400 billion by 2035 to modernize its energy foundation. As such, this country is…

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  (Credit: Pixabay)Yeti Holdings is a global designer, retailer, and distributor of outdoor products. The Austin, Texas-based company has more than 800 employees based in seven countries. While it does not own or operate manufacturing facilities, it partners with those who do. As of November 2022, its products were manufactured in the United States, China, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. “Through the continuation of our ESG work, we deepened the connection between our core business operations and our ESG goals,” says Matt Reintjes, chief executive officer. “We built stronger relationships with our suppliers to better understand…

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COP27 President Sameh Shoukry of Egypt greets the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Vice Prime Minister … [+] Eve Bazaiba. Coalition for Rainforest NationsA gloomy forecast hung over the rainforest nations in the waning days of the COP27 climate conference. But sunshine emerged once the Democratic Republic of the Congos’s Vice Prime Minister, Eve Bazaiba, arrived — a real-life ‘badass’ who rallied African and South American nations to raise the profile of forests and peatlands. Her hard work helped put rainforest nations on a de facto fast track to attracting private finance, making it easier for companies to support national efforts…

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Quebec-based Cascades Inc. offers sustainable, innovative, value-added solutions for packaging, hygiene, and recovery needs. The company has 10,000 employees who work in nearly 80 facilities in North America. It is committed to sustainability, having adopted Science-Based Targets aligned with the Paris climate agreement to keep temperature increases in check. Sustainability, it says, is in its DNA. The company closely evaluates its operations and processes, all with an eye on ensuring it meets its climate and recycling targets. It has been increasing its use of renewable energy while engaging its supply chain. The goal is to increase the beneficial use of…

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TOPSHOT – Honduran migrants take part in a caravan towards the United States in Chiquimula, … [+] Guatemala on October 17, 2018. – A migrant caravan set out on October 13 from the impoverished, violence-plagued country and was headed north on the long journey through Guatemala and Mexico to the US border. President Donald Trump warned Honduras he will cut millions of dollars in aid if the group of about 2,000 migrants is allowed to reach the United States. (Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty ImagesAbout 500 people a…

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Fungi and moss are seen on fallen trees in the Bialowieza primeval forest near Teremiski village, … [+] Eastern Poland, on October 1, 2021. (Photo by Wojtek RADWANSKI / AFP) (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty ImagesIn late summer, Renewcell started making textiles from straw, agricultural residue, and old clothing. The fashion industry, dependent on wood to make some fabrics, is driven to save ancient trees and endangered rainforests. The Swedish company will produce 60,000 tons of recycled clothing this year and double that next year. That’s the equivalent of recycling 300 million T-shirts. Like any new…

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