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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

April 19, 2018 Carbon Taxes Could Make Significant Dent in Climate Change, Study Finds

Source: The Energy Collective

Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the use of fossil fuels, coupled with returning the generated revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb emissions of greenhouse gases....

April 19, 2018 Merkel, Macron meet to plot euro zone reform road map

Source: UK Reuters

BERLIN - The leaders of Germany and France meet on Thursday to try to work out a common position on reforming the euro zone, a sensitive issue that is testing the new government in Berlin just a month after it took office.

April 19, 2018 Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

Source: NPR

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has seen two massive bleaching events over the span of two years. And that's led to a widespread die-off of the corals, according to a new study.

Research & Insights

April 18, 2018 Warming climate could speed forest regrowth in eastern U.S.

Source: Phys.org

Climate change could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern U.S., according to a new study.

April 18, 2018 More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air, says new report

Source: CNN

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.

March 22, 2018 World Water Day 2018: UNESCO report confirms trouble for India; major water crisis predicted by 2050

Source: First Post

UNESCO's report ahead of World Water Day on 22 March should serve as a wake-up call for every Indian. It highlights how India is staring at a deepening water crisis with few steps being taken to ameliorate this bleak situation....

Commentary & Opinion

February 27, 2018 America’s moral obligation to the environment

Source: 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 afraid

Source: 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...

November 20, 2017 Bloomberg View: Germany needs to stop burning so much coal

Source: 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...


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