Sustainable business news & articles June 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower Record rise in emissions puts 2 degree rise in question.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/small-earthquake-in-blackpool-major-shock-for-uks-energy-policy-2291597.html Fracking halted in the UK due to earth tremors.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/worlds-food-system-broken-oxfam-warns-2291469.html Oxfam analysts warn of the global food system breaking down.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/london-set-to-welcome-the-olympics-with-a-green-revolution-2291527.html London using the Olympics projects to leave a legacy of a low-carbon economy.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/cellphone-radiation-may-cause-cancer-advisory-panel-says/?hp&gwh=4A10E25640F7ACB850FF2F095B033052 World health study on cell phones confirms health risks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/01/world-bank-failing-carbon-markets Problematic performance of carbon trading markets.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/what-price-nature-report-puts-financial-value-on-uks-ecology-2292043.html The UK National Assessment of ecosystem services.

http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=UIQr0mgTWWU%3D&tabid=82

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/world/asia/02water.html?hp China’s extravagant and risky river diversions from south to north.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/china-track-cut-energy-intensity-20-percent?utm_source=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily China improves energy efficiency but faces real challenges on emissions improvements.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/opinion/02Brown.html?_r=1&src=rechp Huge international land purchases in the upper Nile threaten Egypt’s stability.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/global-study-reveals-climate-peril-millions-poor Mapping climate change risk for poor populations.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/landmark-rio-deal-to-deliver-billions-to-aborigines-20110602-1fiwq.html An unprecedented deal between Rio Tinto and traditional owners.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/business/global/03iht-RBOG-ORGANIC03.html?_r=1&src=rechp Growth in India’s organic agriculture.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/forests-fight-back-all-over-the-world-2293215.html Encouraging trends in global forests.

full article here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0019577?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+plosone%2FPLoSONE+%28PLoS+ONE+Alerts%3A+New+Articles%29

http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/ An interesting UK report, with summary document, which presents the possibility of a zero carbon based economy–here based largely on floating offshore windfarm technology.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/05/no-nukes-no-problem-germanys-race-for-a-renewable-future Germany’s nuclear phase-out.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/bhp-must-be-wary-of-how-it-handles-arkansas-farmers-in-shale-oil-quest-20110606-1fp8c.html Arkansas farmer class actions against BHP over oil shale fracking.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/a-computer-dating-revolution-of-the-archaeological-kind-2293393.html Clever computing advances in UK prehistory.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/07/environment-white-paper UK’s biodiversity plan, including conservation areas connected across landscapes.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/08/maley-chinas-debt-binge-hides-an-imminent-crisis/ Options for Beijing in handling large local government debt.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/06/global-warming-above-2%C2%B0-so-far-mitigated-by-accidental-geo-engineering/ A paradoxical effect of sulphur pollution in maintaining the aerosol shield and reducing global warming.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/chilling-future-solar-power Solar cooling technology promises to reduce peak load.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/world-oil-supplies-are-set-to-run-out-faster-than-expected-warn-scientists-453068.html The realities of peak oil.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/09/why-gunns-is-teetering-in-tassie/ Gunns on the brink.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/08/risky-business-in-planning-for-rising-sea-levels/ New data informs planning for sea-level rise.

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/publications/coastline/climate-change-risks-to-coastal.aspx Climate change risks to coastal buildings and infrastructure.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/earning-150000-and-whingeing-heres-a-reality-check-20110607-1fqsu.html Ross Gittins on the markers and scale of social exclusion in Australia.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/dire-climate-warning-locked-in-ancient-rocks-2296604.html Paleo-eocene data emphasises climate change risk.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/06/10/pc-reveals-the-great-greenhouse-rip-off/ Commentary on the Productivity Commission’s analysis of costs associated with action on climate change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/us/19ttwater.html?_r=1&hpw Drought battles for water in the lower Colorado River, Texas, between farmers, residents and industry.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/nz-carbon-scheme-faces-its-first-challenge An evaluation of the first year of the NZ ETS.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/20/marine-life-oceans-extinction-threat New report on world’s ocean presents a stark picture.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/business/21bizcourt.html?_r=1&hp An important US Supreme Court ruling on the Wal-Mart class action case on gender discrimination.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/science/earth/21warming.html?ref=us US Supreme Court upholds the role of regulators, rather than the courts, in controlling emissions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/opinion/22wed2.html?_r=1&src=rechp The NYT editorial on the judgement–a positive view of the outcome.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13799616 20-year decline in US crime rate.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/wired-was-right-the-webs-dead-now-theres-proof/story-e6frfro0-1226080069864 An event to mark: US mobile phone app use surpasses desktop and mobile phone web online use–the main driver is games.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/fears-for-baltics-marine-life-as-global-warming-decreases-the-salt-in-the-sea-2302854.html Climate change driving changes in the marine ecology of the North Atlantic and Baltic.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/danger-heats-up-for-australias-platypus-2303115.html Shrinking habitat threat to platypus.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/26/salmon-numbers-leap Unexplained increase in UK native salmon numbers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26gas.html?_r=1&hp Questions about inflation of natural gas estimates.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/california-gets-carbon-market-court-win California carbon market back on track after course judgement.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/epa-announces-initiative-restore-urban-waterways EPA urban waterways regeneration plan.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/eu-carbon-zero-sum-game?utm_source=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily Lessons being learned from challenges in the EU ETS.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/china-food-water Underground water controls in China.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/water-yellow-river-china Digital management of the Yellow River a wonder, but overexploitation goes on.

Jonathan Watts reports on the China and environment–his articles are extraordinarily informative and well researched, and bring us some of the most important views of China in the world.

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