Many of the nation's widespread and costly infrastructure ills are finding more economical, eco-friendly ways forward in the form of bioswales, artificial wetlands and coral reefs, Nature Conservancy President Mark Tercek writes. That's particularly true in a rapidly urbanizing environment for stormwater, which "is the fastest growing source of freshwater pollution in the world."
A three-judge California Court of Appeal panel on Tuesday upheld a ruling that held Conagra Brands, Sherwin-Williams and NL Industries responsible for lead-paint abatement, although it reduced the scope of their liability to homes built before 1951. The judges' finding that lead paint is a "public nuisance" could affect climate-change lawsuits with similarities to the case, some observers say.
Data on more than 9 million Medicare patients showed higher rates of hospital admissions to treat bone fractures in communities with elevated levels of ambient particulate matter air pollution, researchers reported in The Lancet Planetary Health. A second study of middle-age adults found those in areas with relatively high levels of ambient particulate matter air pollution and black carbon vehicle emissions had lower levels of a serum calcium homeostasis biomarker and greater loss of bone mineral density.
Recycling industry experts anticipate a loosening of contamination limits in scrap paper shipments from 0.3% to 1% in China, although some wonder about the impact of spotty enforcement on the change. "The previous standards were not strictly enforced, so the real question is how strictly, even if these are adopted, would they be enforced," said Anne Germain of the National Waste & Recycling Association.
The Senate Appropriations Committee introduced a fiscal 2018 spending bill that would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's funding by $149.5 million. The $32.6 billion bill also includes funding for the Interior Department and other agencies.
Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium (Wikimedia Commons)
The new stadium for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons is being billed as the "most sustainable sports venue in the world." The stadium uses 47% less water than standard structures and has LED lighting, 4,000 solar panels and EV charging stations -- features that helped lead to its LEED Platinum certification.
It's estimated that 10,000 American baby boomers retire every day, and 19.2% of the EU's population is now aged 65 or older. Japan's working age population is projected to fall by 7.9 million by 2030. Pension funds around the world face an estimated collective deficit of $1 trillion. Low interest rates and rising life expectancies mean that funds are under immense pressure to service growing liabilities. How are organizations bridging the pension funding gap? Read more.
Trends in economics, demographics and geopolitics along with rapid technology advancements are transforming traditional risks for global businesses, adding new urgency and complexity to old challenges. Damage to reputation/brand remained the top-ranked risk by businesses, exacerbated by social media, while political risk/uncertainties re-entered the top 10 risk list largely driven by persistent and escalating tumult around the world. Other top risks? Access the full 2017 report.
The measure of leadership is not the quality of the head, but the tone of the body. The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.
Max De Pree, businessman and writer
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