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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
December 11, 2013 How Are You Celebrating America Recycles Day'
associationsnow.com - Before you pitch your plastic bottle into the trash, consider that today is America Recycles Day. Established in 1997 by the îNational Recycling Coalitionî and celebrated every year on November...
December 11, 2013 EBRD Scraps Most Financing for Coal Power PlantsSource: Bloomberg
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will scrap most assistance for coal-fired power plants, joining the World Bank and the U.S. in a retreat from supporting the most polluting fossil fuel.
December 11, 2013 Vt. moves toward mandatory recycling, including food scraps
The Republic - "I think that Vermont is leading in this area and it's extremely laudable that they're doing this," said Mark Lichtenstein, president of the îNational Recycling Coalitionî. This week Vermont unveiled...
Research & Insights
December 10, 2013 Revolutionary Big Data Environmental Analysis Indicates Declining Animal Populations in Studied Tropical Forests
Bloomberg - Data and analysis from HP Earth Insights will be shared ... strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive...
December 10, 2013 These 11 Cities May Completely Run Out Of Water Sooner Than You ThinkSource: Huff Post
A recent report from NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences does not alleviate those fears. It showed that nearly one in 10 watersheds in the U.S. is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding...
December 10, 2013 Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US SummersSource: Live Science
Thirty years of shrinking Arctic sea ice has boosted extreme summer weather, including heat waves and drought, in the United States and elsewhere, according to a study published today (Dec. 8) in the journal Nature Climate...
Commentary & Opinion
December 11, 2013 Guest column: The news about climate change is not good
Daily Camera - David Rubinstein's recent guest opinion ( "When Prophecy Fails," Daily Camera, Nov. 15) suggests that there is "good news" on climate change, and implies that there is no need for action to reduce greenhouse gas...
December 10, 2013 Why Humans Don't Have Much To Do With Climate Change
The Huffington Post - This mandate led the IPCC to refuse to consider the Sun's influence on Earth's climate as a topic worthy of discussion, as scientists learned at a 1992 IPCC meeting of delegates from around the world. To the...
December 9, 2013 Digging deeper to analyse sustainability in gold miningSource: Eiris Blog
In August/September 2013, we – as part of a wider project on gold mining – interviewed a number of investment managers and ESG research providers including EIRIS to gather their views on the key ESG issues for the gold mining...
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