The Guardian newspaper in Britain is running a series of articles right now on environmental responsibility in business. They're looking at both positive and negative developments with regard to the environment and climate change. The massive economic growth in China is coming at a tremendous and almost certainly unsustainable cost. On the plus side consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions.

Also disturbing is that of the ten largest corporations in the world, only four BP, Shell, General Motors and Toyota have publicly stated targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The oil companies ExxonMobil, Shell and BP are responsible for 89% of all the emissions produced by the top ten companies and that is based on self reported figures, so the reality is they are likely even higher. The reports also only cover the emissions produced up until the sale of their products, so any emissions based on the fuel burned in cars and trucks is not included. Exxon alone produces 138m tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of six million UK households. No wonder no one wants new oil refineries built in their neighborhoods.

[Source: Guardian Unlimited]

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