Month: August 2007

Inuit early warnings and the human rights of global warming

Inuit early warnings and the human rights of global warming

The Inuits are an indigenous people who have traditionally occupied large areas the Artic Circle in Canada, Alaska, Russia and Greenland. They describe their culture as a ‘hunting culture’: it is inextricably linked to the marine and terrestrial animals of the circum polar region. The Arctic is the first global region to be seriously affected […]

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Full life-cycle accounting questions bio- and nuclear fuels

Full life-cycle accounting questions bio- and nuclear fuels

Here is the first quantitative study to confirm what has been probable for some time: that the move to biofuels, with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, may actually increase emissions, relative to the fossil fuel base. A University of Leeds study by an atmosphere scientist, Dr. Dominic Spracklen, and Dr […]

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Problematic decline in Amazonian logging

Problematic decline in Amazonian logging

As everybody knows, the Amazon rainforest is one of the most important global ecosystems for the environmental health of the earth. As is also well known, over the past two decades it has been logged at an increasing rate: 20% of the rainforest has now been cleared. It’s therefore good news, on the face of […]

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Social sustainability impacts in India and North America

Social sustainability impacts in India and North America

Social factors continue to present themselves as increasingly central factors in sustainable business. Here are two recent reports of significant projects, one a mining project, the other industrial, which have been subjected to close scrutiny from local populations. The first comes from Orissa, in northern India, where the UK-based mining company, Vedanta Resources, has established […]

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ASX rewriting risk disclosure

ASX rewriting risk disclosure

The ASX is contemplating new rules which will require companies to disclose far more of their business risks than they currently do. Among the risks being looked at are: environmental and sustainability issues, compliance, strategy, ethics, reputation and brands, technology, product or service quality and workforce training and recruitment issues. Now there is no question […]

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