Sustainable business news & articles May 2012

Lean entrepreneurship in the online age: http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/finance/blogs/the-venture/how-to-start-a-multimillion-dollar-venture-with-10000-20120430-1xu2b.html?rand=1335753667793 

 The ecological and carbon impact of palm oil plantations in Indonesia: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/a-grim-portrait-of-palm-oil-emissions/

Polar bear swimming distances study:  http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/polar-bears-long-distance-swimming-skills-on-display/

The rise of alternative education in Australia: http://theconversation.edu.au/tens-of-thousands-of-students-in-alternative-education-6783

Coming into the country: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/rural-life-without-the-hard-edges/

Dingoes impacts on Thylacines: http://theconversation.edu.au/dingoes-may-have-wiped-out-tasmanian-tiger-on-mainland-6811

Asian economic growth is increasing inequality: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/fba71e2c-9607-11e1-9d9d-00144feab49a.html#axzz1u2W3wXLg

A sustainability challenge: increasing efficiency increases consumption: http://theconversation.edu.au/our-bloated-cult-of-efficiency-doing-the-wrong-thing-right-6638

Leading the way on climate change legal framework in the Philippines: http://www.eco-business.com/news/un-lauds-philippines-climate-change-laws-worlds-best/

Unexpected impacts of groundwater extraction on sea-level rise: http://www.eco-business.com/features/groundwater-pumping-leads-to-sea-level-rise-cancels-out-effect-of-dams/

The Living Planet Report 2012 is mandatory reading, documenting the current precarious state of global environmental systems: http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/lpr_2012_final_120507.pdf

Australia high on the list of national polluters: http://www.eco-business.com/news/australia-seventh-worst-polluter-on-earth-report/

Robust study of climate change in the Australian region over the past 1000 years: http://theconversation.edu.au/post-1950s-warming-in-region-unmatched-in-1-000-years-7081

Dangers of supply chains: pig iron out of Brazil to American carmakers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/17/ford-gm-bmw-logging-brazil?intcmp=122

A growing arc of hydro-insecurity in Asia: http://www.theage.com.au/world/indias-dam-plans-anger-pakistan-symbolise-global-water-woes-20120518-1yw6l.html

 Global groundwater pumping raising sea-levels and exhausting aquifers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/20/world-aquifers-rising-sea-levels?intcmp=122

Huge investment by China 2011-2015 in renewables and green sector generally: http://china.org.cn/business/2012-05/22/content_25441698.htm

American investment in renewables is diverse and substantial: http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/americas-renewables-revolution

Community-led enumeration in shanty towns: http://www.iied.org/why-enumeration-counts-documenting-undocumented

Latest IEA emissions report: the good and bad of it: http://theconversation.edu.au/iea-reveals-emissions-are-up-again-but-its-not-all-bad-news-7321

 

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.