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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

March 3, 2015 Can Fracking Pollute Drinking Water? Don't Ask the EPA

Source: Inside Climate News

The EPA has been unable to collect the data it needs from the multibillion dollar oil and gas sector, which has stymied a five-year federal study.

March 3, 2015 Norway Can Lead in Fighting Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

Early this year, Norway put its toe in the global movement to drop investments in fossil fuel companies. Its sovereign wealth fund (the Fund), at $850 billion the world's largest, divested from 14 coal mining companies, five...

March 3, 2015 Dutch government says sorry for gas field causing quakes

Source: Reuters

The Dutch government apologized on Monday for ignoring risks posed by earthquakes caused by production of natural gas in the northern province of Groningen. The apology follows a Feb. 18 report by the country's independent Safety...

Research & Insights

March 3, 2015 California drought likely a fixture, says Stanford study

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Human-caused climate change is increasing drought risk in California -- boosting the odds that our current crisis will become a fixture of the future, according to a major report Stanford scientists released Monday morning.

March 3, 2015 Antarctic Sea Ice Did The Exact Opposite Of What Models Predicted

Source: Daily Caller

In the case of Antarctica, the climate models were dead wrong, according to a new study by Chinese scientists published in the journal Cryosphere. The study found that most climate models predicted Antarctic sea ice coverage...

March 2, 2015 Can We Fix Climate Change With Technology?

Source: Oil Price

A report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that experiments in blotting out the sun in order to reduce the amount of the sun’s rays that hit the Earth would be too risky. Spraying aerosols into the atmosphere – one...

Commentary & Opinion

March 3, 2015 Objective Behind Climate Change Is Economic, Not Climatic

WesternJournalism - At a press conference in Brussels last month, the UN climate chief delineated the objectives of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) and the United Nations. She revealed:...

March 2, 2015 Is America a ‘Clean Energy’ Laggard?

Source: National Review

Of the myriad claims being made about energy, the one most in need of debunking is this: The U.S. is losing out to countries such as China and Germany when it comes to “clean energy.”

February 27, 2015 Ethics and the environment - Eco-waverers

Source: The Economist

“VIRTUE,” according to George Bernard Shaw, “is insufficient temptation.” But new research on the consumption patterns of the environmentally minded suggests that virtue and self-indulgence often go hand-in-hand.


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