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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 30, 2015 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Solar Energy

Source: The Motley Fool

Solar energy is the fastest growing energy source in the U.S., and is beginning to upend the utility industry as we know it. In California, Arizona, Hawaii, and many other states the cost of electricity from the sun is now lower...

March 30, 2015 Winds of change or mere passing clouds

The Hindu Business Line - Of this, wind will account for 60 gigawatt and solar 100 gigawatts. Bharat Bhushan Agrawal, solar analyst with Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî, says, âThe solar targets have been...

March 30, 2015 Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

Source: UT San Diego

ALBUQUERQUE — A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water.

Research & Insights

March 30, 2015 Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows

Phys.org - Climate model simulations by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) showed similar results: as the climate warms, temperature differences in mid-latitudes decrease, and so does temperature...

March 30, 2015 Methane in drinking water unrelated to fracking, study suggests

Source: Science Magazine

Fracking doesn’t appear to be allowing methane to seriously contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania, a new study finds—contrary to some earlier, much publicized research that suggested a stronger link. But the lead authors of...

March 26, 2015 'Neonics Not Key Driver of Bee Deaths'--USDA Study May Clash With White House Poised to Restrict Pesticide

The Huffington Post - îJon Entineî, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, is a senior fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, University of California-Davis. Follow...

Commentary & Opinion

March 25, 2015 Expert: America 'one-sided' on climate change

Source: The Desert Sun

Stanford University professor Jon Krosnick has been studying Americans' attitudes about global warming for nearly two decades and has found in repeated polls that a large majority see climate change as a threat to future...

March 25, 2015 Five Reasons China Should Care About Climate Change

Bloomberg - reporting on the latest assessment of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî on website China Dialogue last March. One particularly frightening impact will be a marked increase in extreme weather...

March 25, 2015 Obama’s most at-risk legacy isn’t Obamacare. It’s climate change.

Source: Washington Post

We'll start with the video below, which shows testimony from Bryan Koon, head of the emergency division for the state of Florida, before a committee of the state Senate. As you might have heard, former state employees told...


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