Sustainable business articles & news March 2011

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/aussie-carbon-tax-revolt-bizarre-expert-20110308-1bm1c.html UK view of the ubiquity of carbon trading in Europe.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/shell-oil-exploration-threatens-one-of-the-worlds-great-wonders-2236198.html Shell’s proposal to drill for oil near a heritage reef off WA.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/decline-of-honey-bees-now-a-global-phenomenon-says-united-nations-2237541.html A new UN report points to a global decline of pollinators: “of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/taxonomy-the-naming-crisis-2240872.html Lack of support for taxonomy work constrains biodiversity assessment.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/no-nukes-now-or-ever-20110319-1c1ed.html Ian Lowe’s evaluation of the nuclear option.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-food-fad-thats-starving-bolivia-2248932.html The commoditisation of quinoa raises prices and impacts the Bolivian native population.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/the-power-of-partnerships/ Collaborations between business and city government to address intractable social and economic problems.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/green-measures-carbon-price-goes-up-to-fund-renewables-2251113.html New UK carbon measures, including floor price and Green Investment Bank.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/grameen-bank-and-the-public-good/ Continuing analysis by David Bornstein in the New York Times of the current analysis of micofinance: the household management of the poor.

http://blogs.cgdev.org/open_book/ An interesting open-book blog by David Roodman, senior fellow at the Centre for Global Development.  He’s writing a book on micro-finance, and using this blog to talk about what he’s thinking as he writes it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/mar/27/schumacher-david-cameron-small-beautiful A good article about the great economist EF Schumacher, who wrote the classic work “Small is Beautiful”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/business/30walmart.html?_r=1&ref=adamliptak&pagewanted=all An historic class action against Wal-Mart on gender discrimination is before the US Supreme Court.

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