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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

February 12, 2016 New standard aims to raise bar for ethical palm oil, boost demand

Source: Reuters

– A new, stricter standard for sustainable palm oil aims to unify business efforts to stop deforestation and respect local people’s rights when developing plantations, while boosting consumer demand for the product.

February 12, 2016 SoCalGas fixes gas leak that gushed methane into Los Angeles for 16 weeks

Source: The Guardian

A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged on Thursday, a utility said.

February 11, 2016 Michigan Governor Includes $195 Million for Flint in New Budget

Source: NBC News

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state — a plan that...

Research & Insights

February 12, 2016 Climate Change Confusion in the Classroom

Source: Scientific America

Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that climate change is driven by human action, but middle- and high-school teachers seem to have missed that message. The majority of teachers are not aware of this consensus and teach...

February 9, 2016 Effects of carbon emissions could last 10,000 years, study finds

Source: CS Monitor

If humans don’t cut carbon emissions soon, the Earth could feel the catastrophic impact for tens of thousands of years, a new study has found.

February 8, 2016 Last two centuries of “wrong tree” planting in Europe worsened climate change

Source: Tampa Bay Review

A new study has challenged the assumption of the positive impact of planting trees on climate change. In most cases, we all have learned that growing more trees would help reduce climate change, but growing the “wrong tree”...

Commentary & Opinion

February 12, 2016 The Misguided ExxonMobil Climate Change Inquisition

Source: Forbes

Last year witnessed the astounding speed at which public and expert opinion now coalesce around policies that would have seemed unacceptable a few years earlier. From same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization, public opinion...

February 12, 2016 Listen Up: 52 Reasons for Hope in the Fight to Save Humanity

CSR Wire - It's been eleven years since I began writing about the business of sustainability. And, of course, in that time everything has changed. The world has a global deal to tackle climate change; CEO's are thinking beyond...

February 11, 2016 Saving The Environment: 9 Environmental Acts To Make A Habit in 2016

Source: Triple Pundit

A new year is always a good opportunity to try new habits and, when it comes to important issues like the environment, there really is no time like the present. Whether it’s improving your home to make it greener or simply paying...


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