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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 17, 2018 Paralyzing polio-like illness mainly affecting children confirmed in 22 states, CDC saysSource: Washington Post
Federal health officials took the unusual step on Tuesday of warning the public about an increase in a mysterious and rare condition that mostly affects children and can cause paralysis.
Scientists say there is not yet enough evidence to conclude that microplastics do or do not cause harm to the environment, following a review of more than 300 global studies.
October 17, 2018 Cheers to this: Beer industry brewing ways to offset climate change effect on beer supplySource: USA Today
Two researchers for the Brewers Association, the trade group for independent brewers, say beer lovers can relax a bit despite a report that found climate change could lead to beer scarcity.
Research & Insights
If no meaningful action is taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions, global sea levels could rise eight feet by 2100 and a full 50 feet by 2300.
October 10, 2018 'We're going back to 1918': A pandemic worse than the Spanish Flu may be coming as more people become obese and antibiotic resistant, study warnsSource: Daily Mail
Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia looked at the factors that played a role in the flu pandemic of 1918 that infected 500 million people and killed as many as 100 million.
A rise in average monthly temperatures is tied to a small increase in mental health issues, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. And over five years, a 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature...
Commentary & Opinion
September 27, 2018 Three Common Misconceptions We Have About Solar EnergySource: Forbes
The influx of cheap, low-quality solar products in emerging markets has remained a pervasive problem. Off-grid families who have invested in low-quality solar products often lose trust in solar because these products tend to...
September 19, 2018 Backing Elon Musk & Tesla Is About Backing HumanitySource: CleanTechnica
Tesla is not a company; Tesla is a movement. Yes, Musk is its leader and he is not infallible, but maybe the overall vision he perpetuates is infallible. Certainly, Musk did not come up with this vision on his own. It is an...
September 6, 2018 Commentary: It's Not Either Growth Or The EnvironmentSource: Forbes
The common underlying assumption is that a greener economy can only come at the expense of jobs, wealth and national security. In most Western countries, both the left and the right see going green as a trade-off against those...
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