Sustainable business news & articles November 2011  A challenging view of CSR.  David Lynch interview.  Data limitations on wind-farm projects.  Climate change a species size variations.  Water releases and river ecology.  Germany achieves 20% renewable power by subsidising solar.  Australian biodiversity hotspot no. 2: eastern forests.  Rapid rise in GHG in 2010.  Massive urbanisation in China.  Off-reserve conservation.  IEA energy scenarios.  Idea of a national humanities press for Australia.  The bottle house in Nigeria.  Weather-indexed insurance for Southeast Asia.  Inner-city food production.  Sustainable Shipping Initiative. The case for indigenous education.  The collapse of the Colorado River. Impact of EPA regulations on coal-fired US plants.  Spain introduces net metering for power plants to encourage distributed development of smaller plants.  No reduction in greenhouse gases. The Australia Institute’s paper on the mining industry.  China’s pre-conference call on climate change.  Biodiversity offsets.  Report forecasts over 30% EU energy from wind by 2020.  PNG turns to traditional knowledge to combat climate change.  Comprehensive historical study of arctic melting and its effects.  Study documents inaccuracies of CSR reports.  Private management of Borneo forests advocated.


Sustainable business news and articles October 2011  Mapping ice retreat.  Further documentation of Arctic ice retreat, in Canada.  Exxon supports a carbon tax, vs ETS.  An intelligent commentary on racism and free speech.  Fuji Xerox’s CSR successes.  Climate change and worldwide forest decline.  More evidence of illegal activities by Shell in Nigeria.  EU question land use impacts of biodiesel.  Reasons to support the homelands.  Wild horse challenges in the central plains of the US reflect similar issues to those in the Australia high country.  Sainsbury’s sustainability plan.  Woakwine wind-farm on hold.  Clive Hamilton on democracy, science and climate change.  Evidence of paint workshop in Africa 100,000 years ago.  Discovering rare plants.  Evidence both contemporary and fossil record for diminution in some species’ size with global warming.  Oldest microfossils in the Pilbara.  Projected climate change migration.  Migration report  Global natural resource budget exhausted.  An interesting extended article on Japan’s effective carbon practice.  Challenges to China’s groundwater quality.  California’s emissions cap-and-trade system is regulated into law.  Interesting article on the views of Gulf nations on climate change—a rare perspective.  Useful survey of climate change risk in Asian and African megacities.  Carbon budgets for US rivers and streams.  Opening up online education.  Amory Lovins on renewables as the inevitable replacement for fossil fuels.  A critique of CSG environmental modelling.  Queenslands renewable energy and solar mapping  initiatives.

Sustainable business news and articles September 2011 The environmental fallout from genetically modified soybean. Sophisticated ancient tools in Kenya. The US administration’s record on the environment is dismal. Documenting Greenland glacier melt. UNEP study on agriculture and environmental services. Ray Anderson obituary. The Coral Sea as a biodiversity hot-spot. An encouraging Australian survey on attitudes to renewables. Michael Jacobs on green growth. Australia improving as an investor in renewables. Discovery of river under the Amazon. The jobs vs the environment debate. The windfarm debate. David Campbell on the decline of Australian poetry. The state of climate modelling. Encouraging developments in the Australian solar industry. Aboriginal elders taking on animal rights, as well as land rights. African hominin find 2m years old. Google’s carbon footprint. China’s forward looking energy policy. Land-sparing vs land-sharing approaches to food and biodiversity. An interesting meta-analysis reveals widespread statistical incompetence in research papers. Natural gas not the panacea it’s said to be. China and the policies of pollution. Chomsky on the responsibility of intellectuals–with a mixed response. Broad ranging mental health impacts of climate change in rural areas. Tracking the complex evolution of Gunn’s. David Lindenmayer on Australia’s old-growth forest policies. E-waste problem growing internationally. UK conservation agencies muzzled. Large companies moving on climate change. US targeting shale oil. A Chinese green GDP index. Dark matter simulations don’t predict observable dwarf galaxy data. Implications for global heat budget of recent simulations. The story of the bristlecone pine, with the modern climate shift showing up. Genome research raises new questions of ethics. US companies moving on climate change. Off-shore wind.