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aligning profit and environmental sustainability

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Currently, countries measure their economic growth and performance through the System of National Accounts (SNA).

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Today's investors and companies are increasingly aware of the influence of environmental issues on the performance of their assets and businesses.

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Chronic, human-induced imbalances in major biological systems---for example, nutrient cycling, inter-species relationships and food chains---are more insidious than acute incidents of pollution or other damage.

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SCSB partners are already taking steps to focus on the issue of climate change because it is important not only that we understand the issues but also that we understand and control our own emissions.

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In the years since the Earth Summit in Rio, financial globalization has compounded the challenge of reconciling economic growth with environmental sustainability.

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Provides a basic framework for thinking about the various categories of sustainabilty indicators, and provides a preliminary list of ongoing efforts in the field.

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This report and its companion data tables provide for the first time a set of indicators to evaluate the impacts of trade on environment in the Latin American and Caribbean region. These estimates cover 14 pollution categories, over 8 exporting sectors for 16 countries.

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Since the 1960s, more than a million kilograms of deadly sodium cyanide has been squirted onto coral reefs in the Philippines to stun and capture ornamental aquarium fish. More recently a growing demand for larger reef food-fish has vastly increased the incidence and spread of cyanide-fishing.

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Guyana's abundant forest resources, encompassing 85 percent of its land area at the heart of the Guiana Shield, represent the largest remaining intact tropical forest frontier in the world.

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From the board room to the shop floor to the marketplace, business decisions are skewed when environmental costs are hidden. Common accounting practices hide these costs in two ways: by burying them in "non-environmental" accounts and by failing to link costs to the activities that spawn them.

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