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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Eco-conscious salad chain Sweetgreen's new filing with regulators to go public offers a window onto how companies must grapple with climate risks to the food system.

Driving the news: Sweetgreen's paperwork, like other pre-IPO filings, lists potential headwinds. Climate change is among them.

  • "Changes in commodity and other operating costs, particularly due to climate change, could adversely affect our results of operations."
  • Costs for items like kale and avocados "will likely continue to increase over time if global warming trends continue," and may grow more volatile due to climate change and specific risks like more severe storms and wildfires.

Threat level: The company can only partially control this through strategies like hedging, the filing adds, calling these risks among the potential barriers to profits.

The big picture: It's hardly the first IPO filing to lay out climate risks. For instance, Beyond Meat had similar phrasing about its key ingredients.

  • It shows the growing importance of global warming as both a business risk and an opportunity.
  • Sweetgreen's filing talks up the company as a climate solution, noting its menu is "30% less carbon intensive than the average U.S. diet."
  • It also cites a commitment to being "carbon neutral" by 2027.
  • The company’s list of reasons that it's well-poised says consumers are “increasingly aware” of the environmental and health benefits of a “plant-forward” diet.

Go deeper: Sweetgreen acquires automated kitchen startup Spyce

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Flood of money pours into climate tech

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Funds are making moves to achieve climate solutions breakthroughs, as well as investing in companies that seek to help communities better manage the climate risks they already face today.

Driving the news: StormSensor, a company that monitors watersheds in real time, including providing flood data, announced on Wednesday that it has closed a $10 million funding round. The funding is co-led by Orbia Ventures and Buoyant Ventures, with participation from other funds and individuals.

Fall is heating up in Austin

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Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

This year's warm fall wasn't just a one-off. Autumn in Austin is getting warmer.

Why it matters: Sure, some people like a warm fall day, but fundamental climate changes can lead to more mosquitoes, higher cooling costs and longer allergy seasons.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

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