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April 17, 2015 California Drought a Shortage of Water or Common Sense?

Source: Reason.com

Californians seem to have remarkably good attitudes about the sacrifices they'll make as the drought heads into its fourth year. Based on polls, they even are supportive of crackdowns on excessive water use, which may explain...

April 17, 2015 Business Viewpoint: The fracking truth may be a different truth

Source: Tulsa World

Whether scorned by those who view it as an environmental threat, or touted as the savior of the domestic energy industry, fracking is in the news. But, can you believe all you read? Is it true that fracking has resulted in...

April 17, 2015 Why We Need to Change How We Talk About Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

The scientific community has reached a resounding consensus on climate change -- 97 percent of scientists worldwide agree that the climate is warming, and that these warming trends have been caused by human activities. Yet,...

April 17, 2015 Why This Entrepreneur Says Sustainability Is the No. 1 Business Opportunity

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Though he’d always been the outdoorsy sort, racing sailboats as a teen on the Great Lakes not far from his native Detroit, Adam Lowry remembers being bitten by the sustainability bug during an ecology lecture as a Stanford...

April 16, 2015 Reflections from Career Investor Amy Domini

Source: Triple Pundit

“Women and Investing.” The feminist in me is struggling. The suggestion of a special category implies a difference, and a difference, when it comes to women, tends to mean a weakness. Women and the sciences, women and sports, the...

April 16, 2015 George Will: Sustainability gone wild

Source: The Star Press

Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge...

April 16, 2015 The 3 pitfalls that trap sustainability leaders — and how to avoid them

Source: GreenBiz

In my conversations with sustainability leaders throughout the years, I’ve heard varying views on what works to engage others — whether it be employees, CEOs, shareholders or your neighbor — in a productive exchange about how to...

April 15, 2015 Shhh! Don't Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

Source: Huff Post

Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don't generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm's thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive...

April 14, 2015 Top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes

Source: CNBC

The top-earning 1 percent of Americans will pay nearly half of the federal income taxes for 2014, the largest share in at least three years, according to a study.

April 14, 2015 Keep it in the ground: why this is a matter of basic ethics

Source: The Guardian

If the purpose of your existence is to make the world a better place, why would you invest billions of dollars in companies that make the greatest contribution to global climate change? That’s the simple question behind the...

April 14, 2015 Floods & Drought Amid Climate Change Cost Global Economy Billions: Oxford

Insurance Journal - According to the report from the University of Oxford published at the start of the îWorld Water Forumî in Korea, South Asia has the largest concentration of water-related risks. East and Southeast...

April 14, 2015 The Real Reason Californians Can't Water Their Lawns - text/video

Source: Bloomberg

In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in...

April 13, 2015 Sustainability Is Not a Club

Source: TriplePundit

Those in the seafood industry furthest along the path to sustainability must never become the elite. Sustainability is not a club one joins. It is not an award one wins or a crown one wears. Sustainability must be nothing more...

April 13, 2015 China: Did We Just Hear The Death Rattle Of The Economy?

Source: Forbes

Since last July, when the current bull market began, Shanghai stocks have soared 97.0%. Shenzhen shares during the period are up 95.9%. Tech companies are leading the way, now trading around 220 times profits.

April 13, 2015 Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil

Source: Bloomberg

Last fall, as oil prices crashed, Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister and the world’s de facto energy czar, went mum. He still popped up, as is his habit, at industry conferences on three continents. Yet from...

April 13, 2015 Is Listeria Actually On The Rise Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Source: Forbes

Last week, Sabra recalled 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, and Blue Bell recalled more varieties of its ice cream products. Before that, it was spinach, sprouts, and caramel...

April 13, 2015 The Dirty Secret of Obama’s Carbon Plan

Source: Wall Street Journal

Americans don’t give much thought to whether their electricity will be there when they need it. You flip a switch, the lights go on. Your phone charges up. The medical equipment in the emergency room does its job. Yet electric...

April 13, 2015 Why C.E.O. Pay Reform Failed

Source: The New Yorker

This power, known as “say-on-pay,” became law in 2010, as part of the Dodd-Frank bill. In the wake of the financial crisis, which amplified anger about exorbitant C.E.O. salaries, reformers looking for ways to rein in the...

April 13, 2015 5 ways to boost sustainability's value proposition for CFOs

Source: GreenBiz

Until very recently, most CFOs viewed sustainability as someone else’s job — a matter of compliance or philanthropy unrelated to the pressing concerns that typically keep financial executives up at night.

April 13, 2015 H&M’s “sustainability” report hides the unsustainable reality of fast fashion

Source: Quartz

On April 9, H&M released its annual sustainability report for 2014. The document details—at great length—how the company is implementing more eco-friendly practices in its supply chain and stores to reduce the harm it causes the...

April 13, 2015 Misreading The Runes About The Fed's Timing Of An Interest Rate Rise

Source: Forbes

There’s an interesting piece over at Business Insider looking at when (not really “if” any more) the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates. It appears well informed, a good argument, has nice charts, what’s not to...

April 10, 2015 Why 2015 could be a record year for the greening of U.S. energy

Source: Washington Post

Nonetheless, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

April 10, 2015 How Bad Policies And Bad Ideas Caused The California Water Shortage

Source: Forbes

The real failure of government policy is on water. For decades, policy officials have been predicting that California’s population would explode. (2) Now they are saying California’s population is expected to grow by as much as...

April 10, 2015 We can still end deforestation

Minnesota Daily - Indonesiaâs deforestation rates have also slowed down significantly. The îWorld Resources Instituteî indicated that the past decadeâs surge in deforestation might be losing momentum....

April 9, 2015 Nine Steps to Make Your Company’s Ethics Training Program Stick

Source: Accounting Web

It’s not easy to embed business ethics throughout an organization, because it’s not always easy to define the “right thing to do” – especially when different people define “right and wrong” in different ways. To add to the...

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