The next global crisis is already here—and it’s even worse than COVID

It seems like every day that another company announces their intention to cut emissions, so you know they're a good company where you should continue  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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It seems like every day that another company announces their intention to cut emissions, so you can feel good about handing them your money. But companies say a lot of things. While some really are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, others just want the credit for saying they will.

Luckily, you don’t need to be a climate expert to know if your favorite business is full of hot air. If you want to get a better sense of whether an emissions reduction plan will actually mean anything, here are some key things to look for.

Morgan Clendaniel
 
impact
How to tell if a company’s ‘net zero’ goals are serious—or just greenwashing

Here are some questions to ask when a company says it plans to get to zero emissions.

 
co.design
First look: Amazon’s jaw-dropping new HQ2 looks like a glass mountain

Yes, you can climb it.

 
coronavirus
America can vaccinate 60 million more people each month. Here’s how

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been bumpy. Why can’t you just get a shot at CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart?

 
 
a message from Enel X
Predicting what’s in store for 2021 on climate, energy, and the economy
Here's four ways our collective efforts will have an impact on society. 
 
 
branding
How Super Bowl ads get weird during a topsy-turvy year

The Super Bowls in the wake of September 11 and the 2008 financial crisis provide a glimpse into how marketers approach years of cultural crisis.

 
climate change
The next global crisis is already here—and it’s even worse than COVID

Imagine the horrors of coronavirus, compounded and made permanent. That’s climate change. Politicians who care about the future (ours and theirs) can’t wait to act.

 
work life
The only résumé template you’ll need for 2021

Ladders founder Marc Cenedella walks you through a résumé-writing exercise designed to showcase how you made the most of a bad year.

 
tech tips
4 Outlook productivity boosters you’re not using yet

Cut down on mistakenly sent messages, keep one-click actions close at hand, and get your inbox under control in no time.

 
impact
This see-through wood could replace glass windows

It’s lighter, stronger, easier to make, and would make it easier to heat and cool buildings.

 
co.design
The global crisis that changed fashion forever—and gave women pockets

World War I offers clues about how COVID-19 might permanently alter the way we dress.

 
recommender
This $15 Yeti tumbler is the cup of kings and queens

It’s a chariot for your beverage of choice.

 
tech
New study: Social media’s alleged anti-conservative bias is ‘disinformation’

Republicans charge that social networks intentionally suppress their point of view. An NYU researcher says that the allegation doesn’t hold up.

 
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The best slippers, slides, and shoes for lounging around the house

The comfiest, coziest, most practical footwear for inside your house—and occasionally outside, too.

 
 
innovation festival 360
Humor is a serious business
In business leadership, humor gets results. Seriously. Studies show teams are energized and do a better job of retaining critical information when the message is laced with levity. In this special Fast Company virtual event, Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas (authors of Humor, Seriously) and comedian and author Sarah Cooper explore the importance of leading with humor, purpose, and grace—at work and in life. Join us Feb. 4, 2PM ET / 11AM PT.
REGISTER
 
 
NEWS
Tesla Model S and Model X recall: What you need to know
Tesla has begun contacting owners of certain Model S and Model X vehicles announcing the company is recalling the cars so the touchscreen console in them can be replaced.
The issue with the touchscreen in affected models is a problem with the embedded eMMC memory chip that can cause them to wear out.
That problem can potentially lead to the loss of rear-view camera images and the loss of audible chimes and alerts with the vehicle’s autopilot capabilities and indicators, reports the BBC. 
Last month The Wall Street Journal estimated that the recall could cost Tesla between $300 million and $500 million to address.
 
 
 
BRANDS THAT MATTER
Fast Company is accepting applications for its new Brands That Matter ranking
Calling all brands! Fast Company is excited to introduce a program to recognize Brands That Matter.

The goal is to honor businesses and nonprofits that are more than the products they sell or the services they provide, that have achieved relevance through cultural impact and social engagement, and whose branding authentically communicates their missions and ideals. Brands from around the world—from multinational conglomerates to small-but-mighty companies—are encouraged to apply. Read more about the program here.
APPLY NOW
 
 
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