Eco-systems, human well-being, and business
Curt Rosengren on Environment & Sustainability
I recently started a blog on sustainability (not because I'm an expert on the topic - more because I don't have a clue and I want to learn more). One of the areas I find fascinating as I begin delving deeper into the issue is the relationship between sustainability and business.
Right now the business world is driving a lot of unsustainable practices around the globe, but it also has the potential to be a driver for positive change. In articles in Worthwhile and elsewhere, we're starting to see that more and more (for example, just listen to the Worthwhile podcasts from Greenbuild last week).
I just ran across an excellent primer on environmental issues, how they affect the business world, and some of the opportunities they create. It's a free 36 page pdf file called Eco-systems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Industry (scroll down to the Business & Industry Synthesis to download).
While obviously not comprehensive or exhaustive, it does a great job of giving a nutshell view of an extraordinarily complex topic.
You can also download the 155 page Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, from which the business-focused report is drawn (also free).