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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
Source: MIT Technology Review
China, the world’s largest communist country and its biggest climate polluter, has turned to a decidedly free-market approach to combating carbon emissions.
The state is now a member of the exclusive “50x30” club that includes New York, Hawaii, California, and Vermont as the only states requiring 50% renewable energy by 2030 (Colorado and Iowa may reach that mark through voluntary...
June 19, 2018 Looking for signs of global warming? It's all around youSource: Times Union
"Nature is extremely sensitive to temperature and nature is reacting to the warmer temperatures," said Boston University biologist Richard Primack. "The dramatic change is happening right in front of us."
Research & Insights
Source: Miami Herald
Florida stands to lose more homes — and real estate value — to sea level rise damage than any other state in the nation this century, according to a new study.
June 5, 2018 Single-use plastics: A roadmap for sustainabilitySource: UN Environment
Ultimately, tackling one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time will require governments to regulate, businesses to innovate and individuals to act. This paper sets out the latest thinking on how we can achieve this....
May 17, 2018 Timber is Oregon’s biggest carbon polluterSource: High Country News
Wildfire is not the biggest source of climate-warming carbon dioxide in Oregon forests — logging and wood products are.
Commentary & Opinion
June 4, 2018 Farming and humanity versus the environmentSource: The Guardian
As British farmers we are up for the challenge of improving the way we farm in harmony with wildlife while not decreasing food production. But this will not be achieved through some sort of kneejerk blame game that focuses purely...
February 27, 2018 America’s moral obligation to the environmentSource: The Hill
President Barack Obama revealed the Clean Power Plan to the world in 2015. Obama referred to the proposal as “a moral obligation” and rightfully labeled it "the single most important step that America has ever made in the fight...
February 5, 2018 Commentary: Be afraidSource: Press Herald
...much more money must go into the development of a so-called universal flu vaccine – one that would protect against any of flu’s many strains, including any new versions of the virus that might jump from animals to humans, as...
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