Sustainable business news & articles April 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/uranium-mines-dot-navajo-land-neglected-and-still-perilous.html?_r=1&hpw Uranium mines on indigenous land in the US.

http://theconversation.edu.au/rapid-warming-in-se-australia-challenges-plans-to-adapt-gradually-6076   Step-wise change may indicate more rapid base-line effects on rainfall and temperature in SE Australia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/technology/apple-presses-its-suppliers-to-improve-conditions.html?_r=1&hp   Apple’s new CEO putting attention on the supply chain and on labour conditions in China.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/indian-tribe-avatar-supreme-court  A landmark case on indigenous rights and mining before the Indian Supreme Court.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/what-happens-when-all-the-wells-run-dry-20120409-1wl3a.html  Water politics in the Middle East.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/sustainable-banking-ethical-investment-business-case?CMP=   The case for sustainable banking.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/why-climate-change-might-not-spell-death-for-the-reef/   Good news for the Reef.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/half-of-britain-now-officially-in-drought-7646613.html   Unusual weather patterns persist in the UK summer.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/extreme-droughts-to-be-more-common-1983913.html UK drought and climate change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?hp   Allegations of Walmart’s systematic bribery in Mexico.

http://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/  An interesting initiative in sustainable supermarket business.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/23/bad-apple-employ-more-us-workers Analysing Apple’s margins from a sustainable business perspective.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/wendell-berry-american-hero/?hp  On Wendell Berry.

http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture/wendell-e-berry-lecture  Wendell Berry’s 2012 Jefferson Lecture

http://theconversation.edu.au/australias-vast-and-dynamic-forest-cover-a-birds-eye-view-6404  An informed view of Australia’s forest cover.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/green-rating-of-british-bus-firms-leaves-google-and-apple-behind-7689153.html  a US-based assessment of sustainable business performance, from EIRIS http://www.eiris.org/

 

 

Comment on the MDBA ‘consultation’ process

I have posted a comment on Crikey’s piece, “Not a match in sight at the final round of MDBA meetings”.  I am very critical of the MDBA’s community engagement process, as outlined in this comment.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/rooted/2012/04/16/not-a-match-in-sight-at-the-final-round-of-murray-darling-meetings/#comment-8818

Sustainable business news & articles March 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/us/in-california-a-bold-plan-to-reshape-the-central-valley-flood-plain.html?src=recg#h[AadEsa,1]  New plan for California central value restoration.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water-congress-20120301,0,5831589.story But Congress votes to undo it, and two decades of water reform.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/opinion/the-poverty-of-an-idea.html?_r=1&hp  A review of Michael Harrington’s work and influence, 50 years after ‘The Other America’.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/with-reef-ecosystems-it-may-be-all-or-nothing/ Important research on Mediterranean reef ecosystems.

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/killing-manufacturing-kindness  An interesting take on environmental standards and strategic competitiveness in manufacturing.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/carbon-tax-may-help-protect-wildlife-20120307-1ukmx.html  Putting the carbon tax to work: wildlife corridors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/business/energy-environment/a-clash-over-mining-and-water.html?src=recg  Debate over water in an Arizona mine proposal.

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/nr/land_tenure/pdf/VG_en_Final_March_2012.pdf  UN’s new voluntary guidelines on the tenure of land.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/27/planning-reforms-conservationists-countryside?intcmp=122  Significant changes in UK planning legislation.

http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/health/attachments/pdf_folder/HealthyCities-LOWRES.pdf  Some contemporary views of healthy city design.