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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

April 24, 2015 New Rules, Cheap Energy Heighten Battle Between Coal and Gas

Source: Wall Street Journal

HOUSTON—Tough new environmental rules and cheap energy prices are heightening the battle between coal miners and natural-gas pumpers over which fuel will dominate the U.S. power market.

April 24, 2015 The 3 Greenest Oil & Gas Companies in the World

explorationworld.com - These are the three greenest oil and gas companies in the world, as ranked by Newsweek in partnership with îCorporate Knightsî Capital. You can see the full pan-industry ranking here. 3. Repsol...

April 24, 2015 Florida’s Hurricane-Free Stretch Has Insurer Bracing for Storms

Source: Bloomberg

Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005, the longest stretch in more than a century. Its state-run property insurer isn’t taking any chances.

Research & Insights

April 24, 2015 Can this new blueprint for fossil fuel divestment stir industry to action?

Source: The Guardian

A group of energy and finance analysts has given companies targeted by the divestment movement – Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and others – a blueprint for extricating themselves from fossil fuels.

April 24, 2015 Ocean output rivals big nations’ GDP, but resources eroding

Source: Reuters

Economic output by the world’s oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

April 21, 2015 Poll Shows We Need to Come Out on Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

A new poll released this week by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveals that Americans rarely--very rarely--hear people they know talk about climate change and surprisingly few hear about it on a weekly basis in...

Commentary & Opinion

April 24, 2015 Environmental Disasters Are About Responsible Governance

Source: Huff Post

Vancouverites are angry. And we should be. The release of bunker fuel into the sanctuary of English Bay, and its aftermath, have highlighted a reckless, heady and myopic approach to economic development characteristic of...

April 23, 2015 Obama should embrace nuclear energy

Source: CNN

)—If there was ever any doubt that the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is an energy policy plan, not a carbon reduction plan, all you have to do is look at how they treat nuclear energy

April 22, 2015 Celebrating 45 years, Earth Day proves sustainability

Source: Mercury

In the most basic definition, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The Merriam-Webster dictionary calls it “a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently...


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