Sustainable business news & articles: January 2012

http://theconversation.edu.au/three-quarters-of-americas-threatened-species-arent-being-protected-4753   Deficiencies in US conservation.

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-end-the-nuclear-renaissance-6325  An excellent piece by John Quiggin on global energy developments.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/tibet-spends-us507-mln-building-eco-security-barrier/  The Tibetan eco-security projects 2011-2015.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/urban-estuaries-100-fold-weaker-as-%E2%80%98blue-carbon%E2%80%99-sinks/  Important study of Australian estuaries as declining carbon sinks over the past 60 years.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/poyang-lake-threatened-by-exploitation/  Threats to China’s largest freshwater lake.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/hebei-residents-negotiate-compensation-for-water-diversion/  An unusual win for Chinese local residents over water diversions; issues of water governance are emerging.

http://www.theage.com.au/tv/show/force-of-nature/force-of-nature-20120106-1poez.html  David Suzuki’s last lecture.

http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/2011/public-willing-to-pay-more-for-greener-urban-spaces.html  Valuing green urban spaces: a UK study.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/next-stop-the-olympics-urban-farmers-are-digging-for-ecovictory-6286753.html  The rise of commercial urban farming.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/the-race-to-document-biodiversity/?ref=science  Documenting biodiversity.

http://theconversation.edu.au/how-aboriginal-burning-changed-australias-climate-4454  New data on the effect of Aboriginal land management by fire on the regional climate system.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/climate-change-indias-informal-economy-neglected/  Evaluating the climate impact of India’s informal economy.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ceq/national_ocean_policy_draft_implementation_plan_01-12-12.pdf  US new coastal plan based on ecosystem-based management.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/update-2-apple-reveals-suppliers-supply-chain-audit  Apple’s supply chain audit.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/13/honeybee-problem-critical-point?intcmp=122  Continuing collapse of US bee colonies and research findings on insecticides.

http://theconversation.edu.au/as-emissions-rise-we-may-be-heading-for-an-ice-free-planet-4893  The simple truth of global emissions.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/agriculture-and-climate-change-revisited/  Agriculture and climate change: an overlooked priority.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight/our-work/projects/current-projects/global-food-and-farming-futures/reports-and-publications  major UK report on agriculture and climate change.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/renewables-to-play-small-role-in-2030-energy-bp/  BP’s take on the energy future (compare John Quiggin).

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/calculating-the-carbon-value-of-a-swamp/  An interesting private approach to registering and handling carbon credits.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?hp  A thorough analysis of Apple’s international outsourcing.

http://theconversation.edu.au/the-secret-to-running-a-successful-small-firm-mind-your-own-business-4917  An interesting analysis of small-business visions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/business/energy-environment/clean-energy-projects-face-waning-subsidies.html?hp  Wind and solar subsidy policy in the US.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/opinion/the-mississippi-delta-must-be-restored.html?_r=1&src=rechp  Losing and restoring the Mississippi delta.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/nyregion/in-greenhouse-gas-initiative-many-unsold-allowances.html?src=recg  Review of the NE US Regional Initiative in carbon trading indicates positive outcomes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/the-perils-of-bite-size-science.html?_r=1&hp  An important critique on the impact of pressure to publish on good science.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/technology/apple-and-google-as-creative-archetypes.html?hpw  An interesting discussion of the contrasting approaches to innovation adopted by Google and Apple.

http://theconversation.edu.au/for-a-great-return-on-investment-try-trees-5050  The economic, health and environmental values of urban trees.

 

Sustainable business news and articles December 2011

http://theconversation.edu.au/the-science-behind-the-murray-darling-basin-plan-4502  CSIRO modelling for the MDB.

http://www.eco-business.com/press-releases/corporate-sustainability-leaders-to-focus-on-employee-engagement-and-supply-chain-in-2012/  Annual Sustainability Executive Survey 2012: employee engagement and supplier’s sustainability credentials as the main focus.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/top-20-banks-that-finance-big-coal/  International coal financing and social costs.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/01/cairo-cape-climate-change?intcmp=122  Projected climate change impacts on Africa.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/uk-track-2020-maps-out-2050-climate-cost  UK progress on emissions reduction is meeting targets, but with nuclear firmly in the mix.

http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/12/01/tesco-and-wal-mart-fuel-indian-political-crisis/  Walmart and Tesco in India: allowed to move from wholesale to retail.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/science/earth/record-jump-in-emissions-in-2010-study-finds.html?hp  Increase in global emissions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16026607  Social unrest presenting challenges to China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16022585 Emerging research confirms the scale and pace of climate change.

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/bad-bookkeeping-by-navin-khadka/  Emergence of problems in accounting for climate-related aid.

http://theconversation.edu.au/forest-carbon-and-the-durban-climate-conference-4583 Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation REDD+.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/iea-sees-world-run-solar IEA develops 2060 scenario based on solar power.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/buffetts-utility-company-buy-550mw-first-solar-plant  Buffett moves into solar.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/catskills-deal-benefits-new-york-watershed/  Protecting the Catskills as the NYC watershed.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/keeping-the-water-flowing-in-rural-villages/?hp  The other half of humanitarian aid: repair and maintenance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/us/epa-says-hydraulic-fracturing-likely-marred-wyoming-water.html?_r=1&hpw EPA links fracking and deteriorating water quality.

http://www.eco-business.com/blog/sustainability-data-management-comes-of-age-by-ralph-breslauer/  Enterprise Sustainability Management Systems: capturing sustainability performance.

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/12/16/community-must-own-our-water/ Sunshine Coast community water proposal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/sunday-review/environmentalists-get-down-to-earth.html?_r=1&hp  Local focus of US environmental movement.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/sustainable-business-bolsters-sino-swedish-ties/  Sweden’s clean-tech services to China.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/arctic-methane-is-catastrophe-imminent/ Methane science.

http://theconversation.edu.au/what-has-happened-to-the-great-aussie-backyard-4506  Changes in Australian housing: the loss of the backyard.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/its-not-easy-ranking-green Contradictions in corporate green rankings.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/murraydarling-graziers-open-floodgates-to-inundation-20111222-1p798.html  An environmental flow offer from flood-plain graziers.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-the-true-scale-of-britains-woodland-selloff-6278861.html  Emerging data on UK woodland sales.

http://theconversation.edu.au/is-using-native-forests-for-energy-really-carbon-neutral-4285  Judith Ajani on forest policy and bio-energy.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/chinas-largest-desert-lake-may-vanish-in-10-yrs/  Effects of climate change and human activity on China’s largest desert lake.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/12/29/world/europe/AP-EU-Germany-Making-Renewables-Work.html?hp  Germany’s renewable energy plans and actions.

http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/98552/hume-rawls-boundaries-justice?passthru=ZjFiNjg3ZWI4ZTIwMWFkYThiNTRiY2M3OGYzY2MzNGQ  Amartya Sen on global justice.