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Greening News, Greening of Corporation, Greenwashing – Accountability Central

Every company seems to be going green, looking at the flow of “green” news from Corporate America.  Looking to the European Union, it appears that the trend may be more pronounced among continental and UK-based corporations.  A growing number of investors are interested in the greening practices, programs and policies of corporations; for an increasing number of investors these factors may be significant in their investment (or divestment) decision-making.

There is dramatically rising interest in corporate sector greening as well among important stakeholders – employees (and prospective employees), suppliers, business partners, customers, lenders, regulators, and others.  One of the key questions raised by stakeholders is:  Is this [greening] initiative by the company substantive or is it just PR?  The answers matter!  In this section of Accountability Central the editors bring you news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and identify key players and stakeholders to help you understand better the greening of corporations and the business sector.

News & Updates

February 9, 2016 U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

Source: Reuters

The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday.

February 4, 2016 Will Pension Funds Go Green?

Source: Instead Knowledge

On many fronts the 2015 UN climate change conference (the 21st edition of the COP) in Paris seems to have been a success. Two weeks of discussions, involving experts from nearly 200 countries, led to the signing of an...

February 4, 2016 NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold

Source: Washington Post

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold from what it is now, mayoral aides said Wednesday.

Research & Insights

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”...

January 27, 2016 Switch to Clean Energy Can Be Fast and Cheap

Source: Scientific America

Wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030 without raising electricity prices, according to a new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, Boulder

January 15, 2016 Study sees dramatic progress in greenhouse gas emissions from cattle production

Better Farming - A widely-published expert on ruminant nutrition judging by his Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada profile, McAllister was also a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and lead author...

Commentary & Opinion

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...

February 11, 2016 Faith, Hope and the Energy Revolution

Source: Huff Post

Fighting for a renewables revolution to save the climate has, for the past 30 years, been a question of faith in the ultimate self-interest of humankind, and hope that we would develop the means for our deliverance. The last time...

February 11, 2016 Can You Be an Environmentalist Without Embracing Nuclear Energy?

Source: Slate

Thirty-nine years after the meltdown at Three Mile Island and almost five years post-Fukushima, nuclear power seems to be emerging from its long funk as a promising alternative to the carbon economy. Innovative new designs are...


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