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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
November 20, 2017 Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) WarnSource: NY Times
While trying to avoid alarmism, global health agencies are steadily ratcheting up concern about bird flu in Asia. Bird viruses that can infect humans — particularly those of the H7N9 strain — continue to spread to new cities...
November 20, 2017 Fiji to move more than 40 villages inland as seas riseSource: Reuters
BONN, Germany– Fiji plans to move more than 40 villages to higher ground to escape coastal floods and is also working on ways to help future migrants from other Pacific island nations as sea levels rise, Fiji’s attorney general...
November 20, 2017 This is what it's actually like to be on a fracking siteSource: Manchester Evening News
The method of extracting energy from rocks buried deep under the ground is controversial... and there’s an increasing chance that it will be coming soon to Greater Manchester.
Research & Insights
November 6, 2017 Top 10 countries most attractive to renewable energySource: China Daily
China continues to be the world's most favorable market for renewable energy development and investment, according to a new study.
October 25, 2017 Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?Source: The Guardian
Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average.
Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.
Commentary & Opinion
November 20, 2017 Bloomberg View: Germany needs to stop burning so much coalSource: Watertown Daily Times
By 2020, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this should triple the price of carbon to 24 euros a ton — high enough to push all European countries away from coal. If Merkel acts on the proposal to...
October 16, 2017 Op-Ed: Studies show hydraulic fracturing is safe – in Texas and all over the countrySource: MRT.Com
Ms. Leeder’s claim that “long-term studies on the impact” of hydraulic fracturing on water systems “are not available at this time” is simply not true. Researchers have investigated that topic for years, and their studies...
September 7, 2017 Climate, Power, Money And Sorrow: Lessons Of Hurricane HarveySource: NPR
But in the wake of Hurricane Harvey we can now see what climate change is really about. It was never about clever arguments but, instead, something much more elemental: power, money and human suffering.
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