Sustainability Reads: November 11- November 17

“Finance: Bob Litterman of Kepos Capital on financial risk and climate change”
Amazing podcast from Acclimatise interviewing Bob Litterman, financial risk management expert with experience at Goldman Sachs. From his perspective carbon is just like any other commodity- if it is not valued correctly it creates risk that will eventually catch up; that is exactly what is happening right now carbon. Interview by Peter Adams.

“Ask Umbra: What do I do with all these dead batteries?”
This article goes along with our recent post on ways you can be more sustainable. Those dead batteries can pile up, and unfortunately, people are not sure of how to dispose of them correctly.  There are usually places in your area where you can drop-off these batteries, or you can send them in to be recycled, but even better, as this article points out, you can use rechargeable batteries. They are actually very convenient and I would recommend them myself. Article by Ask Umbra and posted on

“UN Seeks Carbon Market Revamp as Green-Project Backers Bolt”
A look into what is currently happening and what the future may hold for the clean development mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Personally, I think CDM was one of the most innovative and exciting parts of Kyoto, but despite many successful projects and potential the number of projects have recently decreased. Article by Alessandro Vitelli on Bloomberg.

“Walmart’s Sustainability Results Don’t Match Promises, Report Finds”
A report released on Wednesday by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) revealed disturbing information about Walmart’s sustainability practices. Despite Walmart’s claims of reducing supply chain emissions in 2005, the conglomerate’s emissions have actually continued to climb. According to the report released by the ILSR, Walmart’s emissions are “high enough for it to qualify as one of the biggest polluters in the U.S.”.  Walmart has also left out emissions from shipping containers from its GHG accounting. By Kate Sheppard in Huffington Post.

“The Inequality of Climate Change”
Often times it is difficult to understand the science behind climate change and what it really means to our world. Although climate change will affect the entire globe, this piece provides an explanation of how and why the poorest countries will feel the impacts most. Article by Annie Lowrey at The New York Times.

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