BP Energy Outlook 2017

Annually, BP produces an informative and broad-based review and prediction of energy production and usage. There is a 6½ minute video presentation by BP Group Chief Economist, Spencer Dale, which summarises the contents of the report. On the same page as the video presentation, there is a link to the Energy Outlook launch webcast hosted

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Business Case for the Green Economy

The UNEP publication, “The Business Case for the Green Economy – Sustainable Return on Investment”, although published in 2012, is still a relevant and valuable document, particularly when preparing motivations for sceptical directors and reluctant managers. This 40 page document is right-sized to provide the basic facts and these are well supported by nine, one

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Better Business, Better World Report Released

The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) has launched its flagship Better Business, Better World report. The report sets out to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. Following extensive research, it has identified 60 sustainable and inclusive market “hotspots” across four key areas (energy;

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Open Access Journal – Environmental Health Perspectives

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal of research and news, published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. EHP‘s news content is prepared by science journalists and reviewed by subject matter experts. Published since 1972,

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WBCSD Report – Quantification Matters – How To Mobilize Finance For Social Impact

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report, “Quantification Matters – How To Mobilize Finance For Social Impact”, first released in September 2016, demonstrates how impact and financial value go hand in hand. The private sector can be a central actor for positive social impact, transforming global problems into opportunities. The report suggests that

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Freshwater Governance For The 21st Century – Free Book

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century is a free book published by Springer Open and the South African Water Research Council. The stated purpose of the book is to illustrate, in broad terms, the general matters of freshwater governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making. The book aspires to contribute to the transitioning between techno-centric and

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ASSA Pre-Publishes South African Fracking Report

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSA), in collaboration with the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), has pre-published a report on its investigations into the readiness of South Africa to support the shale gas industry. The 144 page report entitled, “South Africa’s Technical Readiness to support the Shale Gas Industry”, is very cautious

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Environmental Risks from Shale Gas Development

Shale gas development has been in the news recently and a great deal of hot air has been expended upon the virtues and disadvantages of the initiatives. It is clear that many folk have no idea of the actual process involved and its varying risks. The Worldwatch Institute has produced a plain language briefing document

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Working Together – Engaging with the Artisanal & Small Scale Miners

The ICMM has released a guidance booklet called “Working together” which tackles the difficult task of mining companies engaging with the artisanal and small scale mining sector. Estimates suggest that as many as 100 million people (mostly in the developing world) are dependent upon the fruits of small scale mining. Encounters between mining companies and

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