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Environmental Social Governance, Environmental Protection, Environmental Sustainability

For the past four decades the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Australia, and other developed nations have adopted sweeping environmental protection regulations to address the state of their air, water, soil and other natural resources, to protect human life and to protect and preserve the natural environment.  The imposition of environmental regulations on business, while having a steep price, has had the beneficial effect of reversing two centuries of the harmful effects of the Industrial Revolution.  And yet, despite all the progress, the work of protecting and preserving the Earth is never ending.  As the Industrial Revolution spreads to developed nations, there is ever more “environment work” to be addressed. 

The original movement to protect the Earth and its inhabitants in more recent times was the Conservation Movement, stretching back to the 1800s; then more recently came the Environmental Movement; and now we see the emerging global Sustainability Movement.  This section of Accountability Central is devoted to topics environmental, including news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more. 

 

News & Updates

July 23, 2014 Solar Sector Fears WTO Ruling Against Tariffs Won't Save The U.S. From Itself

Solar Industry - Last week, a panel of judges from the îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) declared that the U.S. imposition of tariffs on China-source solar photovoltaic products is a violation of international trade...

July 23, 2014 Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames

Source: The Guardian

"Water is the giver of life," says the great-great-grandson of the engineer who revolutionised London's sewerage system. "That's why people always ask if there's water on Mars to support life. But it is also bringer of death, as...

July 23, 2014 New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica Explainer

Source: ProPublica

New York is one of a handful of states around the country that currently has at least temporarily halted fracking. Since 2008, when the state was first confronted with interest in gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing by energy...

Research & Insights

July 22, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa's biggest oil producers in shadowy state deals with Swiss commodity traders - report

Source: Trust.org

Governments in sub-Saharan Africa are selling crude petroleum in shadowy deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars without publicly accounting for the money, according to a new report. A lack of transparency over staggering...

July 22, 2014 Beef toughest on environment, study says

Source: Columbus Dispatch

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times as much...

July 15, 2014 Why Fracking And Other Disasters Are So Hard to Stop

OpEdNews - A new report offers compelling evidence that fracking for natural gas is killing domestic animals like horses, cattle, goats, and sheep. The dead animals provide a strong warning that fracking can harm humans --...

Commentary & Opinion

July 23, 2014 Will 2014 be the hottest year on record?

Source: The Guardian

After the hottest May and June ever recorded and with a looming El Niño predicted to cause global temperatures to spike, Karl Mathiesen, with your help, asks are we living through the hottest year since records began?

July 17, 2014 Carbon Controls are New, But Industry Scare Tactics Aren't (Op-Ed)

Live Science - Elliott Negin is the director of news and commentary at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). UCS is a member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, which includes nearly 400...

July 15, 2014 How Climate Change Changed Me

Source: Politico

When I learned that the New York Times was planning to report on my time as an investor at Farallon Capital Management, I wanted to sit down with the reporter while I was in New York City to discuss the issue in person—and on the...


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