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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

July 30, 2015 The confounding case of the missing carbon

Source: CBS News

For several decades, scientists have seen searching for about a billion tons of carbon dioxide generated from the burning of fossil fuels.

July 30, 2015 AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

Source: Washington Post

RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes competing in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an...

July 29, 2015 How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years

Source: Eco-Business

The troubling state of the world’s water security has come into clear focus over the last decade, and the challenge is urgent. Scientists forecast some 1.8 billion people will live with water scarcity by 2025. Pakistan for...

Research & Insights

July 30, 2015 How Pipelines Saved America’s Biggest Oil Basin From Shale Bust

Source: Bloomberg

To understand why U.S. oil production is so resilient, it helps to consider the maze of pipelines running out of Midland, Texas. New lines have relieved a chokepoint in America’s biggest oil-producing area. A massive supply glut...

July 29, 2015 Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, Study Finds

Source: Texas Tribune

Texas probably will see a sharp increase in heat-related deaths and coastal storm-related losses in the coming decades if nothing is done to mitigate a changing climate, according to a new study commissioned by a bipartisan group...

July 28, 2015 40 percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change

Source: Washington Post

A major concern for climate activists is figuring out what drives the public’s beliefs about climate change. This information can help scientists better engage with the public and help activists understand what factors are likely...

Commentary & Opinion

July 29, 2015 Pearson, the Financial Times and the culture of modern capitalism

Source: The Guardian

A short letter in Wednesday’s Financial Times makes for fascinating reading. Stimulated by Pearson’s sale of the FT to Nikkei, it poses profound questions about the nature of modern capitalism:

July 27, 2015 Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's

The Huffington Post - In 2005, I argued that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) estimated, mainly because of effects of a warming ocean in speeding ice melt....

July 24, 2015 US Missed An Opportunity To Cut Carbon At Lower Cost

Source: Forbes

“As far as I’m concerned the renewables industry is built on the proposition that we should always do the most expensive thing first,” Rowe said at the Energy Thought Summit at Chicago’s Symphony Center. “Whereas a carbon tax or...


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