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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 19, 2014 EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage

Source: UT San Diego

Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.

December 19, 2014 Climate change could cut 18 percent of world food production by 2050

Source: PBS

Farmers are already suffering from droughts worsened by global climate change. A study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that by 2050, global climate change could cut world food production by 18...

December 19, 2014 California drought weakens, forecasters have 'cautious optimism' for future

Source: LA Times

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday..

Research & Insights

December 16, 2014 The charts that show we're living through Earth's warmest year on record

Source: Mashable

This year is almost certain to become the warmest year the planet has had since instrument records began, and very likely for at least 4,000 years before that.

December 11, 2014 Study: 270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in Oceans

Source: ABC News

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. The plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces, said the study published...

December 8, 2014 California drought, high temperatures create worst conditions in 1,200 years: study

Source: Reuters

A combination of record high temperatures and sparse rainfall during California’s three-year drought have produced the worst conditions in 1,200 years, according to a study accepted for publication by the American Geophysical...

Commentary & Opinion

December 9, 2014 The Heat Is On: Three Ways To Avoid Climate Armageddon

Forbes - The UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) report echoes the work released by 13 US federal government agencies this past spring predicting that climate change would harm the American economy...

December 3, 2014 Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t See

Source: Bloomberg

A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England

November 28, 2014 Good News on Energy

Source: NY Times

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the...


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