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Date: 2018-01-24 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0700-CS-NC-GOVERNANCE

NATURAL CAPITAL
GOVERNANCE
The framework required to ensure that natural capital is adequately respected
More snow / Less arctic ice / More floods / More storms / More droughts

GOVERNANCE
IN THE CONTEXT OF NATURAL CAPITAL
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Rules and Regulations for Environmental Responsibility
Until quite recently there virtually no rules and regulations to ensure that economic actors were environmentally responsible. Essentially, it was 'laissez faire' ... anything goes ... and as long as it was profitable for me, then I am going to do it.
For most of the industrial revolution, environmental pollution was awful.
TPB aside: As a young child I spent many Christmas and Easter holidays staying with my grandparents who lived in Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the industrial North of England ... a huge contrast from our home in Okehampton, a small agricultural market town in the middle of Devonshire. I remember being told 'where there's muck, there's money' and being told that it was a good sign when the chimneys of the textile mills were spewing dark black smoke and a bad sign when they weren't. Everything was covered in grime ... soot from the smoke. And of course, we burnt coal to keep ourselves warm. and in fact, also cooked on a huge coal fired range!
Post War Europe
In the immediate years after WWII Europe started to work on cleaning up the pollution in the great rivers like the Rhine.
Rules and Regulations for Environmental Responsibility

The Global PACT
Follow up to the Paris Accord of 2015
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Global-Pact-for-the-Environment-Biniaz-2017-08
From the opening paragraph: There is no doubt that more needs to be done, both nationally and internationally, to protect the environment. It is tempting, particularly during the Trump era, to welcome any concerted effort to do so. The issue is whether the proposed “Global Pact” is the right vehicle for enhancing environmental protection.
Part of the conclusion: A new “Global Pact” may or may not be the appropriate next step towards improving global environmental protection. Further consideration is warranted regarding the insufficiencies of the current system and the potential remedies, including the merits of an overarching international agreement on the environment. To the extent States decide to pursue a new, broadly framed agreement, they should take care to ensure that there is clarity concerning, inter alia, its purpose(s), its obligations, and its intended legal effect, including in relation to other international agreements of a more specific nature.
TPB observation: The Global PACT is an initiative being promoted by the French at high levels. It was launched during the 2017 UN General Assembly by Presdient Macron. I participated in a workshop at Columbia that addressed various issues relating to the PACT. I suggested that though it was unlikely to become widely accepted as a legally binding initiative on the member nations of the UN, it had a value as a catalyst for ongoing dialog about the need for behavior change related to the environment and climate change.
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Environment/Global-Pact-for-the-Environment-Biniaz-2017-08.pdf'
Open PDF ... Global-Pact-for-the-Environment-Biniaz-2017-08

CLIMATE CHANGE

EARTH TEMPERATURE TIMELINE
EARTH TEMPERATURE TIMELINE ... THE LAST 600 YEARS
EARTH TEMPERATURE TIMELINE ... THE LAST FEW MILLION YEARS
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Open L0700-NC-CLIMATE-historic-timeline
Earth Temperature Timeline ... 1850 - 2016
Global temperatures are on the rise again as 2016 has been marked as the hottest on record.
Open file 12947
Earth Temperature Timeline ... 1880 - 2016
Global ocean temperature anomolies from 1880 to 2016
The temperature rise post 1980 has been continuous ... reflecting the massive increase in scale of industrial activity in the post war years.
Earth Temperature Timeline ... 9000 BC - 2016 AD
Very long term temperative change ... a period of 10,000 years
The temperature rise in the last hundred years is 'off the chart'




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