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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

October 31, 2014 38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change — and what they’re doing about it

Source: Washington Post

The Obama administration on Friday plans to publish a small library's worth of climate change documents, outlining 38 federal agencies' vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them -- as well as a separate and...

October 31, 2014 Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

Source: Reuters

Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy...

October 31, 2014 Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Source: National Geographic

The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday

Research & Insights

October 31, 2014 These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

Source: Mother Jones

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought:

October 28, 2014 2 million barrels of oil from BP spill may be on ocean floor

Source: The Economic Times

Almost two million barrels of oil from the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be trapped in the ocean floor, a new study suggests

October 22, 2014 Study projects effect of rising seas on U.S. coast

Las Vegas Review-Journal - The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a science advocacy organization that in the past has urged such policy steps as tighter fuel standards. > 1862

Commentary & Opinion

October 29, 2014 Climate rescue mission 'not hopeless': International Panel on Climate Change chief

The Straits Times - "It is not hopeless," Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, said on opening a five-day IPCC meeting in Copenhagen to complete a landmark...

October 29, 2014 EU Leaders Called Out For Lackluster Climate Change Package

Source: Triple Pundit

European leaders agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030. Two targets of 27 percent were also agreed on: one for the market share of renewable energy and another for energy efficiency improvement. The renewable...

October 24, 2014 Food giants Cargill and General Mills believe in climate change. Will they defend themselves from it?

Source: Grist.org

When I think about companies like Cargill and General Mills, I don’t exactly imagine a den of climate hawks. So I’ve been surprised to see a string of announcements from food industry giants about their environmental initiatives....


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