Sustainable business news Aug-Dec 2010

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NEWS AUG – DEC 2010 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/22/shell-niger-delta-un-investigation http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/science/earth/23cooling.html?_r=1&hpw http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/aug/24/vedanta-mine-plan-halted-indian-government http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/millions-at-risk-as-crops-fail-in-central-africa-2064802.html http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/are-we-losing-the-fight-to-save-our-hedgerows-2064800.html http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/new-findings-on-toxic-pollutants-and-oil-sands-mining/ http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/08/reforming-the-ipcc/62334/ http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/the-dead-sea-global-warming-blamed-for-40-per-cent-decline-in-the-oceans-phytoplankton-2038074.html http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/indias-elephants-finally-given-same-protection-as-tigers-2068106.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/tescos-us-operation-accused-of-bullying-staff-2068104.html http://www.theage.com.au/national/timber-giant-concedes-defeat-in-decadesold-logging-war-20100910-153fm.html http://www.theage.com.au/business/move-on-climate-bhp-billiton-urges-20100915-15cn4.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/19/scientists-prune-world-plant-list http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/world/middleeast/26nile.html?hpw http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2010/09/25/les-alpes-un-chateau-d-eau-ebranle-par-le-rechauffement-du-climat_1415854_3244.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/sep/28/unilever-ben-jerrys-ingredients-watchdog http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/gm-maize-has-polluted-rivers-across-the-united-states-2091300.html http://www.theage.com.au/business/wesfarmers-wants-carbon-tax-20101006-167tt.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/20/india-natural-wealth-accounts http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/protest-at-anglos-alaskan-quest-2123518.html http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/mapping-ecosystems-the-better-to-conserve-them/?src=twrhp http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/few-companies-meet-carbon-reporting-norms-2128149.html http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/un-issues-severe-climate-warning-ahead-of-summit-2142094.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/28/redd-forest-protection-banks-oil http://criseoportunidade.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/qualitative-growth-fritjof-capra-e-hazel-henderson/ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/will-we-ever-learn-just-to-be-content-2155809.html http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/science/earth/12climate.html?_r=1&hpw http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-tax-cheaper-way-to-clean-up-20101214-18wwb.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/16/desertification-climate-change http://www.theage.com.au/business/finally-some-good-news-about-measuring-our-environmental-economy-20101217-190uw.html

Recent sustainable business news

Even after the Nike sweatshop scandals, high profile UK companies, including Gap, Next and Marks & Spencer have been reported as continuing these practices in India–with pay rates as low as 25 cents per hour. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/08/gap-next-marks-spencer-sweatshops Ecuador has proposed an innovative mechanism for making a national contribution to the control of carbon emissions.  It proposes […]

Sustainability news items

Here are some recent sustainability news items I’ve been tracking: Emergence of Roundup-resistant weeds: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html?src=me&ref=homepage Decline of North American bee populations: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/02/food-fear-mystery-beehives-collapse Climate science defence in open letter: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/06/climate-science-open-letter Climate policy shift: working behind emissions reduction: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8673828.stm A fishery conservation success story: North Sea cod http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/sustainable-again-ndash-the-north-sea-cod-saved-by-careful-conservation-1973928.html

Ian Lowe’s “A Big Fix”

-1- One of the more unexpected legacies of the Howard era has been the emergence of a coterie of genuine public intellectuals; or rather, people who think for a living and have decided, because of the urgency of the times, to enter the more open eras of public discourse. They have, in fact, created a […]

Conservation industry: published article

Here is an article I recently co-authored with CSIRO researchers, entitled “A conservation industry for sustaining natural capital and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes’, which appear in the February 2010 issue of ‘Ecological Economics’.  It is a broad survey of the literature pertaining the the conditions needed for a conservation industry to evolve.  The abstract […]