Sustainable business news & articles November 2011

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/31/corporate-social-responsibility-does-more-harm-than-good/  A challenging view of CSR.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/03/david-lynch-crazy-clown-time  David Lynch interview.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/data-policy-key-to-successful-wind-projects/  Data limitations on wind-farm projects.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/no-one-size-fits-all-for-climate-change/  Climate change a species size variations.

http://theconversation.edu.au/rivers-rain-and-releases-what-happens-when-you-dam-a-waterway-3934  Water releases and river ecology.

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/the-birth-of-a-power-source/  Germany achieves 20% renewable power by subsidising solar.

http://theconversation.edu.au/forests-of-eastern-australia-are-the-worlds-newest-biodiversity-hotspot-3935  Australian biodiversity hotspot no. 2: eastern forests.

http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-3-642-20991-8

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/04/greenhouse-gases-rise-record-levels?intcmp=122  Rapid rise in GHG in 2010.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/coping-chinas-urban-tsunami  Massive urbanisation in China.

http://theconversation.edu.au/are-national-parks-the-best-way-to-conserve-nature-4002  Off-reserve conservation.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/09/fossil-fuel-infrastructure-climate-change  IEA energy scenarios.

http://theconversation.edu.au/report-urges-national-university-press-network-to-boost-humanities-4219  Idea of a national humanities press for Australia.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14722179  The bottle house in Nigeria.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/new-insurance-scheme-to-help-rural-farmers-cope-with-climate-change/  Weather-indexed insurance for Southeast Asia.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-rise-of-the-inner-city-farmer/  Inner-city food production.

http://www.forumforthefuture.org/project/sustainable-shipping-initiative/overview  Sustainable Shipping Initiative.

http://theconversation.edu.au/the-nations-shame-a-racist-education-system-which-excludes-indigenous-children-3913 The case for indigenous education.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/all-rivers-do-not-run-to-the-sea/  The collapse of the Colorado River.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/epa-rules-could-shut-13000-megawatts-midwest-coal-plants-0 Impact of EPA regulations on coal-fired US plants.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/spain-allows-net-metering-small-power-plants-0  Spain introduces net metering for power plants to encourage distributed development of smaller plants.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/record-high-greenhouse-gases-linger-decades-1  No reduction in greenhouse gases.

https://www.tai.org.au/index.php?q=node%2F19&pubid=913&act=display The Australia Institute’s paper on the mining industry.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/china-says-economic-woes-no-excuse-climate-inaction  China’s pre-conference call on climate change.

http://theconversation.edu.au/biodiversity-offsets-solving-the-habitat-saving-equation-4035  Biodiversity offsets.

http://www.ewea.org/fileadmin/ewea_documents/documents/publications/reports/20110909_ClimateReport.pdf  Report forecasts over 30% EU energy from wind by 2020.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/png-adopts-ancestral-practices-to-lower-carbon-footprint/  PNG turns to traditional knowledge to combat climate change.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/looking-way-back-at-the-rate-of-arctic-melting/  Comprehensive historical study of arctic melting and its effects.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/24/howlers-and-mistakes-in-company-csr-reports  Study documents inaccuracies of CSR reports.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/wwf-says-40-of-borneos-forests-can-be-managed-by-firms/  Private management of Borneo forests advocated.

 

Sustainable business news and articles October 2011

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/the-difficulty-of-drawing-lines-around-ice/  Mapping ice retreat.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/arctic-shelves-have-lost-half-their-size-in-six-years/  Further documentation of Arctic ice retreat, in Canada.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/oil-giant-supports-carbon-tax/  Exxon supports a carbon tax, vs ETS.

http://theconversation.edu.au/andrew-bolt-racism-and-the-internet-3626  An intelligent commentary on racism and free speech.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/greening-a-business-from-the-inside-out/  Fuji Xerox’s CSR successes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/science/earth/01forest.html?_r=1  Climate change and worldwide forest decline.

http://www.theage.com.au/world/shell-linked-to-nigerian-military-payments-20111003-1l5a7.html  More evidence of illegal activities by Shell in Nigeria.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/biodiesel-industry-rejects-eu-land-use-impact-study-0  EU question land use impacts of biodiesel.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/10/10/economic-rationalism-hits-the-homelands/  Reasons to support the homelands.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/wild-horses-and-hard-choices/  Wild horse challenges in the central plains of the US reflect similar issues to those in the Australia high country.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/12/food-food-and-drink  Sainsbury’s sustainability plan.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/south-east-wind-farm-plan-on-hold/  Woakwine wind-farm on hold.

http://theconversation.edu.au/democracy-is-failing-the-planet-3832  Clive Hamilton on democracy, science and climate change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/science/14paint.html?hp  Evidence of paint workshop in Africa 100,000 years ago.

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/rare-plants-and-the-thrill-of-the-chase-20111015-1lqi0.html  Discovering rare plants.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/climate-change-is-shrinking-species-research-suggests/  Evidence both contemporary and fossil record for diminution in some species’ size with global warming.

http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=142  Oldest microfossils in the Pilbara.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/climate-driven-migration-challenge-underestimated-says-report  Projected climate change migration.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/bispartners/foresight/docs/migration/11-1116-migration-and-global-environmental-change.pdf  Migration report

http://www.neweconomics.org/press-releases/demand-on-planet-resources-rising-in-spite-of-crisis  Global natural resource budget exhausted.

http://www.eco-business.com/blog/japan-the-rising-sun-for-carbon-markets-part-i/  An interesting extended article on Japan’s effective carbon practice.

http://www.eco-business.com/blog/japan-the-rising-sun-for-carbon-markets-part-ii/

http://www.eco-business.com/news/groundwater-gets-worse-land-agency-says/  Challenges to China’s groundwater quality.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/cap-and-trade-sweating-the-small-stuff/  California’s emissions cap-and-trade system is regulated into law.

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/the-gulfs-stance-in-the-global-climate-talks/  Interesting article on the views of Gulf nations on climate change—a rare perspective.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/asia-africa-megacities-top-climate-change-risk-survey/  Useful survey of climate change risk in Asian and African megacities.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/a-carbon-culprit-rivers-and-streams/  Carbon budgets for US rivers and streams.

http://theconversation.edu.au/universities-without-borders-do-we-need-campuses-in-the-age-of-open-courseware-4008  Opening up online education.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/fossil-fuels-as-the-whale-oil-of-the-future/  Amory Lovins on renewables as the inevitable replacement for fossil fuels.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/aust-govts-negligent-over-csg-development-says-expert  A critique of CSG environmental modelling.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/queensland-launches-renewable-energy-plan-and-solar-atlas/  Queenslands renewable energy and solar mapping  initiatives.

Sustainable business news and articles September 2011

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/us-researchers-find-roundup-chemical-water-air The environmental fallout from genetically modified soybean.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/31/hand-axes-oldest-advanced-stone-tools Sophisticated ancient tools in Kenya.

 

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/profits-before-environment/ The US administration’s record on the environment is dismal.

 

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/documenting-a-collapsing-ice-shelf/ Documenting Greenland glacier melt.

 

http://www.eco-business.com/features/radical-changes-in-agriculture-needed-for-food-water-security/ UNEP study on agriculture and environmental services.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/unep-ifad-launch-joint-policy-on-sustainable-agriculture

http://www.eco-business.com/news/healthy-ecosystems-essential-for-future-food-security-global-report

 

http://www.eco-business.com/blog/rip-ray-anderson-zeronaut/ Ray Anderson obituary.

 

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/rooted/2011/08/25/the-coral-sea-the-biodiversity-hotspot-no-one-knows-about/ The Coral Sea as a biodiversity hot-spot.

 

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/rooted/2011/06/15/just-do-it-14000-voters-give-their-say-on-renewables/ An encouraging Australian survey on attitudes to renewables.

 

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/29/inside-story-green-growth-sprouting-in-mainstream-economic-analysis/ Michael Jacobs on green growth.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/cleaning-our-act-slowly Australia improving as an investor in renewables.

 

http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=142 Discovery of river under the Amazon.

 

http://www.eco-business.com/news/a-debate-arises-on-job-creation-and-environment/ The jobs vs the environment debate.

 

http://www.eco-business.com/news/activists-take-tilt-at-windmill-policy/ The windfarm debate.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/in-a-land-of-sweeping-plains-poetry-is-hardly-thriving-20110904-1js5r.html David Campbell on the decline of Australian poetry.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/climate-modelling-improving-say-experts The state of climate modelling.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/solar-pv-grid-parity-now-what Encouraging developments in the Australian solar industry.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/food-fight-aboriginal-elders-take-on-the-kangaroo-industry-2905 Aboriginal elders taking on animal rights, as well as land rights.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/putting-meat-on-the-bones-of-au-sediba-our-oldest-ancestor-3265 African hominin find 2m years old.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-emits-around-15m-tonnes-of-co2-per-year-about-the-same-as-the-un-2351681.html Google’s carbon footprint.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/solar-opposites-china-soars-america-stumbles China’s forward looking energy policy.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/a-global-juggling-act-feeding-the-world-saving-species-3284 Land-sparing vs land-sharing approaches to food and biodiversity.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/09/bad-science-research-error An interesting meta-analysis reveals widespread statistical incompetence in research papers.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/switch-coal-natural-gas-no-boon-climate-0 Natural gas not the panacea it’s said to be.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/chinas-toxic-storm China and the policies of pollution.

 

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR36.5/noam_chomsky_responsibility_of_intellectuals_redux.php Chomsky on the responsibility of intellectuals–with a mixed response.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/positive-mental-health-key-to-tackling-rural-climate-change-3157 Broad ranging mental health impacts of climate change in rural areas.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/gunns-heading-for-its-tasmanian-endgame-3241 Tracking the complex evolution of Gunn’s.

 

http://www.eco-business.com/news/e-waste-%E2%80%98may-spread-worldwide%E2%80%99/ David Lindenmayer on Australia’s old-growth forest policies.

 

http://www.eco-business.com/news/e-waste-%E2%80%98may-spread-worldwide%E2%80%99/ E-waste problem growing internationally.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/wildlife-groups-are-failing-to-protect-nature-2354309.html UK conservation agencies muzzled.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/14/worlds-largest-firms-climate-change Large companies moving on climate change.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/us-shale-oil-could-soar-care-needed-report US targeting shale oil.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/16/china-green-economist-gdp?intcmp=122 A Chinese green GDP index.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14948730 Dark matter simulations don’t predict observable dwarf galaxy data.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/missing-global-heat-may-be-hiding-deep-oceans Implications for global heat budget of recent simulations.

 

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/in-ancient-pines-a-startling-shift-in-tree-rings/ The story of the bristlecone pine, with the modern climate shift showing up.

 

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/09/27/potential-damage-mapping-ethics-of-aboriginal-genome-research/ Genome research raises new questions of ethics.

 

https://www.cdproject.net/en-US/WhatWeDo/CDPNewsArticlePages/CDP-SP500-findings-Majority-of-US-companies-taking-climate-change-action-despite-absence-of-mandatory-rules.aspx US companies moving on climate change.

 

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/nauti-craft-driving-offshore-wind-innovation Off-shore wind.