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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
September 19, 2014 Clean Energy Is a 100 Percent American Success StorySource: Huff Post
Across the nation, American businesses, families, and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt...
September 19, 2014 Climate Change Activists Set to Flood NYC, but Some Doubt the UN's Approach to the ProblemSource: Vice News
On September 21, tens of thousands of people, perhaps as many as a hundred thousand, are expected to descend on Manhattan for the People's Climate March, which promises to be the largest climate change demonstration in history.
September 19, 2014 World Smashes All-Time Temperature Records Ahead of UN Climate SummitSource: mashable.com
The June through August period was the warmest such period on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday. In addition, the month of August was the...
Research & Insights
September 17, 2014 Ditching Cars for Buses, Bikes Best Way to Cut City PollutionSource: Scientific America
LONDON- Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the "least pain, most gain" way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on...
September 17, 2014 Climate Report Details Flood Risk to Sites in WashingtonSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital is likely to see record flooding by 2050, putting about $7 billion worth of property, three military bases and parts of the National Mall at risk as a result of climate change that is raising sea...
September 16, 2014 It's clear that prosperity and climate change action can go hand in handSource: Guardian (UK)
The link between economic growth and action to reduce the risks of climate change is the focus of the New Climate Economy report issued on Tuesday. Its credentials are impressive and its findings emphatic.
Commentary & Opinion
September 19, 2014 This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein – reviewSource: Guardian (UK)
Klein wants this book to be read by people who don't read climate-change books – it addresses a potential catastrophe yet is calm and welcoming
September 16, 2014 A smart look at the climate-change debateSource: Washington Post
Science writer Charles C. Mann writes books that take on big topics — examining the history of aspirin and the nature of modern physics, for example...Now, in a long, thoughtful and entertaining article in the September Atlantic...
September 12, 2014 Economy or Environment? We Need Both.Source: Huff Post
The focus of American agriculture has for decades been on maximizing yields rather than the downstream implications. A typical bushel per acre yield nowadays is three or four times that of my grandpa's winning year, made possible...
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