tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/business1 business news from mongabay.com 2014-08-07T22:42:06Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13639 2014-08-07T17:56:00Z 2014-08-07T22:42:06Z The 90 Percent Diet: reducing our environmental impact by eating less meat <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0807-machovino4-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Brian Machovina’s life, a serendipitous influence of people and places have all contributed to his current passion for inspiring people to eat less meat. With fewer grazing animals, Machovina’s studies show that we could make better conservation and production choices with land that would otherwise be used to raise or feed livestock. Morgan Erickson-Davis 9.470387 -83.342319 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11178 2013-04-08T16:03:00Z 2013-04-08T16:17:32Z REDD+ and Business Sustainability: A Guide to Reversing Deforestation for Forward Thinking Companies – book review Brian McFarland has published a concise, yet comprehensive, DōShort book titled REDD+ and Business Sustainability. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10177 2012-09-19T17:38:00Z 2012-09-19T17:53:30Z NGO: Malaysian leader worth $15 billion despite civil-servant salary; timber corruption suspected Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has headed the Malaysian state of Sarawak for over 30 years, is worth $15 billion according to a new report by the Bruno Manser Fund. The report, <i>The Taib Timber Mafia</i>, alleges that Taib has used his position as head-of-state to build up incredible amounts of wealth by employing his family or political nominees to run the state's logging, agriculture, and construction businesses. Some environmental groups claim that Sarawak has lost 90 percent of its primary forests to logging, while indigenous tribes in the state have faced the destruction of their forests, harassment, and eviction. Jeremy Hance 1.493971 110.377807 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8202 2011-07-25T00:06:00Z 2011-07-26T18:11:22Z WWF partnering with companies that destroy rainforests, threaten endangered species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_2232.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Arguably the globe's most well-known conservation organization, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), has been facilitating illegal logging, vast deforestation, and human rights abuses by pairing up with notorious logging companies in a flagging effort to convert them to greener practices, alleges a new report by Global Witness. Through its program, the Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN), WWF&#8212;known as World Wildlife Fund in the US and Canada&#8212;has become entangled with some dubious companies, including one that is imperiling orangutans in Borneo and another which has been accused of human rights abuses in the Congo rainforest. Even with such infractions, these companies are still able to tout connections to WWF and use its popular panda logo. The Global Witness report, entitled <i> Pandering to the Loggers</i>, calls for WWF to make large-scale changes in order to save the credibility of its corporate program. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7654 2011-03-28T16:53:00Z 2011-09-06T13:40:42Z Environmental sustainability—the new economic bottom line That’s the message in <i>Accounting for Sustainability: Practical Insights</i>. The book represents the compilation of a five-year project—nicknamed “A4S”—sponsored by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, that examined the feasibility of factoring industries’ impact on the environment into their economic spread sheets. Using case studies and interviews with leaders at major accounting firms, Accounting For Sustainability documents the bond between capitalism and environmental capital. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5125 2009-11-15T20:11:00Z 2009-11-15T20:32:36Z New rating systems seeks to promote sustainable landscapes from shopping malls to city parks The Sustainable Sites Initiative has developed the United States' first rating system for the design, construction, and on-going maintenance of a wide-variety of landscapes, both with and without buildings, including shopping malls, subdivisions, university campuses, corporate buildings, transportation centers, parks and other recreation areas, and single-family homes. Jeremy Hance