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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 28, 2014 Sea levels will rise 30cm around NZ by 2050 - new report

Eco-business - Her report said sea levels around the world had risen 20cm in the last 100 years. Drawing on research from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC), the commissioner warned of a further...

November 28, 2014 17 Shocking Photos That Show How Global Warming Is Everywhere

Source: Business Insider

We've put together a set of photos that show stark examples of climate effects occurring all over the planet. No individual event can be taken for proof of climate change — but collectively, along with the millions of other...

November 28, 2014 The poorest will suffer if we force renewable energy on the developing world

CITY A.M. - The îWorld Resources Instituteî estimates that, between 2010 and 2012, of a total of $35bn in global climate aid, a mere $5bn was allocated to adaptation. This emphasis on decarbonisation over adaptation...

Research & Insights

November 25, 2014 What people think about climate change around the world, in one map

Source: Washington Post

This map, from Sophie Yeo at Responding to Climate Change, rounds up surveys and polls from around the world since 2009 that look at views on climate change from abroad. For example, some 84 percent of people in Argentina think...

November 25, 2014 Americans would rather adapt to extreme weather than curb climate change

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Scientists, policymakers, and activists been holding out hope that an increase in extreme weather events might prompt Americans to embrace policies that curb greenhouse-gas emissions. They may be waiting a long time, a new study...

November 24, 2014 Global warming may heat up world conflict: World Bank

Source: Times Live

In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and water supplies in many areas and possibly set back efforts to bring populations out of poverty.

Commentary & Opinion

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...

November 26, 2014 Here's Why People Don't Believe In Climate Change

The Business Insider - The chart below, published by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, includes a series of graphs, each presenting two models. The purple stripes show the climate changes we'd expect...

November 25, 2014 Why Are Oil Prices Dropping?

Source: Forbes

With the price of oil down 28 percent in recent months, financial analysts and political pundits are all asking the same questions: What are the reasons behind this drop and why isn’t OPEC taking steps to stop the bleeding?


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