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The Top EHS Stories from January 2020

Did you miss January’s top EHS stories?

We've assembled a list of 10 articles for you from EHS and global news outlets, industry leaders, and technology experts.

The 10 stories that made our list include the Australian bushfires, the Davos Summit, Blackrock’s big announcement on climate risk, and more.


Australia's Bushfires May Create the Nation’s First Climate Refugees [Time]

Australian wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes and displaced residents. Now, insurance companies are declining to cover homes in fire-prone areas — the first step in making an area uninhabitable.

Davos Ends with Disagreement on Climate and Greta Thunberg on the March [CNN]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos, Switzerland wrapped up on January 24th. The summit ended with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank, disputing how to address the climate crisis while youth activists protested world leaders’ lack of action.

Larry Fink’s Letter to CEOs [Blackrock]

Earlier this month, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink announced in an annual letter to CEOs that the money manager will “place sustainability at the center of [its] investment approach.” The letter, titled ‘A Fundamental Reshaping of Finance’, serves as a warning to corporate executives.

EPA Identifies 20 High-Priority Chemicals for Risk Evaluations [EHS Daily Advisor]

The EPA has issued its final list of the first 20 high-priority chemical substances in commerce that will undergo Agency risk evaluations over the next 3 years.

Investor Coalition Demands Faster Action on Climate Change from Fast Food Companies [Environment + Energy Leader]

A global investor coalition representing more than $11.4 trillion of assets is urging six of the world’s largest fast food companies to take faster and deeper action to manage climate and water risks in their supply chains.

20 C-Suite Sustainability Champions for 2020 [GreenBiz]

GreenBiz profiles 20 corporate executives who are casting a new mold for embracing environmental, social and governance factors at the highest levels.

Powered by IoT, Can Manufacturing Shed Its Burdensome Manual Processes? [IoT Business News]

A look at how the internet of things is helping to automate inefficient manual tasks like order processing, asset monitoring, and supply chain visibility.

Bringing Wearable Tech to the Enterprise in Business 4.0 [EHSToday]

We’ve written about wearables and smart PPE here and here. EHSToday offers another perspective on how both employees and enterprises can benefit from this technology.

OSHA Raises Civil Penalties for 2020, but Data Shows Companies Often Skirt Their Large Penalties [OHS Online]

OSHA has announced a roughly 1.8% increase in citation penalties for 2020. However, new analysis shows that companies are using OSHA’s abatement process to significantly lower the amount they pay for violations.

10 EHS Trends to Watch in 2020 [Perillon]

What’s new and next in the EHS industry? We’ve compiled a list of emerging trends and technologies to watch based on industry news, market research, and our own experience. Take a closer look at the 10 EHS trends that will impact organizations and shape the role of environmental and safety professionals in 2020.

Is there another great article we didn't include? Let us know in the comments below!

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