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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

November 21, 2014 Global Temperatures Are the Hottest on Record for a Fifth Month This Year

Source: Time

The world is heading for the warmest year on record with October the fifth month to break worldwide heat records

November 21, 2014 There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters

Source: Washington Post

In it, they suggested that the fact that the Arctic is warming so rapidly is leading to an unexpected but profound effect on the weather where the vast majority of us live -- a change that, if their theory is correct, may have...

November 21, 2014 A Slew of Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life—With Gas

Source: National Geographic

Old U.S. coal-fired power plants, the target of new anti-pollution rules, aren't necessarily shutting down. Many are getting a second life as they're "repowered" with natural gas

Research & Insights

November 21, 2014 Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy

Source: Washington Post

It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is...

November 18, 2014 Chocolate: Can Science Save the World's Most Endangered Treat?

Source: Bloomberg

Mark your calendar: January 1, 2020. As this future year unfolds, the gap between how much cocoa the world wants to consume and how much it can produce will swell to 1 million metric tons, according to Mars Inc. and Barry...

November 18, 2014 Farmers and scientists divided on climate change

Source: Agri-View

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Commentary & Opinion

November 19, 2014 The moral issue of climate change

Source: Washington Post

The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission...

November 17, 2014 Editorial: Pipeline undermines climate objectives

The Pitt News - At the summit, President Obama conveyed urgency to other nations regarding climate change â this came in the wake of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeîâs (IPCC) report that...

November 13, 2014 Changing climate creates huge risks and opportunities for the UK

Source: Click Green.org

Climate change will increasingly pose serious challenges to Britain and British interests, but addressing the issue will bring significant opportunities for the nation’s business, according to a panel of leading experts


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