Sustainable business news & articles February 2012

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/chinas-carbon-tax-very-real   The ongoing debate on China’s carbon tax, sparked by a combative article in the Wall Street Journal.

http://www.eco-business.com/features/forest-conservation-policies-what-works-and-what-doesnt/   An excellent article on the success of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) schemes in Costa Rica and China.

http://theconversation.edu.au/the-biodiversity-fund-another-missed-opportunity-4889   An excellent piece on biodiversity policy and spending in Australia.

http://www.futurity.org/earth-environment/restored-wetlands-may-never-recover/  Important international data on the effectiveness of restoration of wetlands, in terms of carbon fixation and of biodiversity.

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/01/0028.xml&contentidonly=true  New US forest planning rules are directed to conservation and restoration.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/news/three-us-states-require-insurer-disclosure-climate  An important US milestone incorporating climate risk into business forecasts.

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/redd-project-design-10-points-to-consider-so-the-poor-dont-lose-out-by-essam-mohammed/  Penetrating analysis of distribution issues in REDD+ payments.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/local-communities-to-manage-forests/  The Vietnamese approach to community engagement in forest management.

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.1/carlos_fraenkel_brazil_teaching_philosophy.php  A piece on the intriguing Brazil law that mandates the teaching of philosophy in schools.

http://theconversation.edu.au/ocean-warming-drives-growth-in-coral-reefs-further-south-off-the-western-coastline-5161  Complexities in coral reef trends emerging from Indian Ocean research.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/landholders-rush-to-establish-carbon-forests/  The emerging carbon industry.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/apple-admits-it-has-a-human-rights-problem-6898617.html  The developing story on Apple and human rights in China.

http://theconversation.edu.au/gonski-review-time-for-a-new-vision-for-australian-education-5340  An excellent article on Australia vs Finland education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/science/earth/us-pushes-to-cut-emissions-that-speed-climate-change.html?_r=1&hpw  Acting on high-impact, short-lived emissions.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/asia-pacific-to-triple-carbon-emissions-unless-it-changes-course-study/  ADB study of emissions in the Asia Pacific

http://beta.adb.org/sites/default/files/devasia12.pdf ADB published report

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/can-logging-and-conservation-coexist/  The argument for sustainable logging in SE Asia.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/climate-csg-conundrum  Quiggin on CSG: the complexities of analysis.

http://www.eco-business.com/press-releases/sustain-group-ceo-announces-roll-out-of-new-sustainability-diploma-and-scholarship-programmes/  Signs of the times:  sustainability education being offered by business.

http://www.eco-business.com/blog/theres-really-nothing-new-about-sustainability/  Principled capitalism in early Quaker businesses.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/death-peak-oil  Emerging transformation in world energy patterns.

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/we-need-an-international-approach-to-biodiversity-but-local-action/  International developments in biodiversity and policy integration.