Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

Sustainability

The 1st Week at COP26 – ‘News’worthy or ‘Noise’worthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes The United Nations has held the “Conference of the Parties,” or COP, for almost three decades, including the landmark 2015 Paris climate summit. This year is the 26th meeting. In that time, urgency has ramped up over greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and human-caused climate change. Some key statistics driving the conversations include: Earth has …

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How to embed sustainability across a business effectively

Reading Time: 4 minutes Companies usually take on and achieve sustainability goals in three stages: Complying with regulations – Companies have no choice in this area; they must obey the law. Regulations are often the impetus behind sustainability initiatives. Achieving competitive advantage – This is necessary if you want your business operations to make a profit. Social, economic and …

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Threat to the Ecosystem and “Human System”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Threats to the Ecosystem The public often learns about the potential impacts of climate change through “photogenic species such as coral and polar bears,” but scientists know the damage to ecosystems is much more far-reaching in its potential impact. A 2°-3°C [3.6°-5.4°F] rise in temperature puts nearly one-third of all plants and animals at “high …

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What is the Business Case for Sustainability?

Reading Time: 6 minutes People and institutions want their work, their investments and their patronage to align with their values. Making that level of sustainability an integral part of your culture requires infusing every business practice and process with an awareness of your environmental and social responsibility. Sustainably oriented businesses do better than their less sustainably minded competitors. To …

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What’s the difference between a Football Manager and a Sustainability Manager?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sustainability is like football: a good game plan can help you win. We think of sustainability like playing a football game. It’s complex with a combined need for collaboration, teamwork, progressive and strategic thinking. Your players need to know what direction to run in, who to pass to and try new strategies and ways of …

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Sustainability in a ‘pandemic’ world

Reading Time: 5 minutes Paraphrasing Ernest Hemingway, unfolding developments move slower until they happen suddenly. Today, the coronavirus outbreak may lead to a tipping point at which gross domestic product and its supporting metrics are supplemented by alternatives more conducive towards a sustainability transition. Disruptions related to COVID-19 are predicted to become more severe in coming weeks. They could …

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Eat sustainably!

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve heard about the effects a high-sugar, high-fat diet can have on our health, yet we shouldn’t overlook the impact of our dietary choices on the environment. From growing crops to packaging and transporting goods, up to a third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from the agriculture sector. As Australia (and Victoria) become more …

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“Do We, Can We, and Will We Change?” – Learnings from The Climate Reality Corps Training

Reading Time: 5 minutes Every year, people from various professions and backgrounds — athletes, engineers, doctors, teachers, you name it — take part in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings around the world. Over the course of three days, trainees learn from world-renowned experts about how to inspire their businesses and communities to take action on climate change. I …

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Irreversibility?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ongoing CO2 emissions contribute to existing atmospheric conditions, ensuring that by the end of the 21st century, carbon dioxide will be the main determinant of global warming. The deleterious effects of current GHG emissions will last for centuries. Even if all anthropogenic CO2 emissions were to end right now, climate change will continue. According to …

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