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This week, Forbes wrote a piece on Greensmith, a small start-up making a huge difference in energy storage by combining both hardware and software to enhance storage of renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Globally, South Africa has announced its plan to start taxing carbon emissions beginning in January 2015, with the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 33 percent over the next decade.
Sustainability is a diverse issue that impacts all aspects of business and life. At Microsoft we’ve worked to infuse our company with environmentally responsible values and to be part of the larger discussion about how software can contribute to a more sustainable world. But as Microsoft’s business has broadened into devices and services, so has our commitment to sustainability. For that reason, we are renaming our team’s blog as the Microsoft Green Blog.
This new name is inclusive of the company’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability, from the adoption of our internal carbon fee to the role that information technology has to play in making a more sustainable planet. In 2013 we will continue sharing stories on this blog about how IT can enable society to seek sustainable solutions, and will also discuss larger issues of sustainability and how Microsoft is contributing to a more environmentally responsible world through our business practices.
As people’s attention turned toward climate change this week with Earth Day this past Monday, several media outlets highlighted issues related to climate change that impact more than the weather. Climate change is a real health concern, according to The Guardian, as an increased amount of evidence frames climate change as a public health risk. GreenBiz also explained the business-related issues tied to extreme weather. Read on to learn more about climate change concerns.
As programs like FLOW-AID, profiled recently in this blog post, work on issues around agricultural water conservation, the sustainable use of water has emerged as a major point of discussion among sustainability influencers. Water is one of earth’s most precious resources, and new technology is beginning to reveal ways to help us better protect bodies of water worldwide while utilizing their value. Read on to learn more about how data modeling is assisting in protecting natural areas receiving significant use, while scientists on the other side of the world are finding new ways to harness the ocean for energy with little environmental impact.
Anyone following sustainability conversations this week would see that climate change remains front and center. Capturing a number of headlines was a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the U.S. and the second “most extreme.” Elsewhere in corporate sustainability, Walmart launched “My Sustainability Plan,” a program for their employees which helps tackle sustainability issues in their own lives.