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March 5, 2015 The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics

Wall Street Journal - As to the science itself, itâs worth noting that all predictions of warming since the onset of the last warming episode of 1978-98âwhich is the only period that the îUnited Nationsî...

March 5, 2015 A Case for the Climate

Eugene Weekly - It will cost New York almost $20 billion to prepare the city for the impacts of climate change coming our way, according to Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the îUnion of Concerned...

March 5, 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

Source: Climate Central

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it...

March 4, 2015 The smart way to divest fossil fuels

Source: Reuters

The New York Times Business section article entitled “Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments” on February 9 reported on a new paper, financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, claiming that...

March 4, 2015 New Study Says Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

Source: Slate

By now, it’s pretty clear that we’re starting to see visible manifestations of climate change beyond far-off melting ice sheets. One of the most terrifying implications is the increasingly real threat of wars sparked in part by...

March 4, 2015 Innovation, not easy money, is behind the Nasdaq’s return to 5,000

Source: MarketWatch

Finally — after much anticipation, the Nasdaq Composite Index has closed above the 5,000 mark for the first time since March 2000, and it’s very near its Internet bubble all-time closing high of 5048.62.

March 3, 2015 Dear McDonald's new CEO: Happy first day. Here's some (unsolicited) advice

Source: Fortune

It’s McDonald’s ( MCD 1.11% ) CEO Steve Easterbrook’s first day on the job, and he has his work cut out for him. Last month, the burger giant posted a steeper than expected sales decline, with global sales at restaurants open...

March 3, 2015 The fringe economic theory that might get traction in the 2016 campaign

Source: Washington Post

Buying stock on the stock market seems like a simple idea. When you buy a share in Apple, for example, you take ownership a small piece of the company. You and the other shareholders vote once a year on whether you think Apple's...

March 3, 2015 Objective Behind Climate Change Is Economic, Not Climatic

WesternJournalism - At a press conference in Brussels last month, the UN climate chief delineated the objectives of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) and the United Nations. She revealed:...

March 3, 2015 California drought likely a fixture, says Stanford study

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Human-caused climate change is increasing drought risk in California -- boosting the odds that our current crisis will become a fixture of the future, according to a major report Stanford scientists released Monday morning.

March 3, 2015 The Future of American Power and Influence

Council on Foreign Relations - whether commercial, noncommercial, educational, or promotional, is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the copyright owner, the îCouncil on Foreign Relationsî. For...

March 3, 2015 What Buffett's anti-banker rant might have been about

Source: Fortune

Warren Buffett embarked on an epic diatribe against investment bankers in his latest letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, published Saturday. He mentioned bankers 10 times in the long letter, not once generously. As The New...

March 2, 2015 Is America a ‘Clean Energy’ Laggard?

Source: National Review

Of the myriad claims being made about energy, the one most in need of debunking is this: The U.S. is losing out to countries such as China and Germany when it comes to “clean energy.”

March 2, 2015 Can We Fix Climate Change With Technology?

Source: Oil Price

A report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that experiments in blotting out the sun in order to reduce the amount of the sun’s rays that hit the Earth would be too risky. Spraying aerosols into the atmosphere – one...

March 2, 2015 The ‘next America’ is now

Source: Washington Post

The central problem of American governance is how to create a political system that advances the nation’s long-term interests even though politics is dominated by groups avidly pursuing their short-term self-interest. Power may...

February 28, 2015 Executive briefing: Shareholder value and outsourcing

IT World - This Executive Briefing from Trestle Group Research focuses on illustrating the link between shareholder value and outsourcing. Many companies are outsourcing today to achieve various goals -- examples include...

February 27, 2015 First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

Source: Berkeley Lab

Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. The researchers, led by scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

February 27, 2015 Ethics and the environment - Eco-waverers

Source: The Economist

“VIRTUE,” according to George Bernard Shaw, “is insufficient temptation.” But new research on the consumption patterns of the environmentally minded suggests that virtue and self-indulgence often go hand-in-hand.

February 26, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing: An Overcrowded Trade [Part Two]

Source: Valuewalk

Other studies have shown that socially responsible investments consistently underperform local benchmarks. A study entitled The Price of Ethics: Evidence from Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, by Renneboog, Luc and ter Horst,...

February 26, 2015 A case against the environment

Source: The Daily Californian

We are in the midst of the worst drought on record in this state. In fact, in the month of January, the Bay Area received 0 inches of precipitation. Thanks, environment. The Northeastern part of this country has been getting so...

February 26, 2015 Battle for Our Future: Sustainability vs. Innovation

Source: Huff Post

Show your average chief innovation officer or chief marketing officer the corporate social responsibility (CSR) plan from the chief sustainability officer and they are unlikely to get that excited.

February 25, 2015 Keystone Solution Runs Through Canada

Source: Michael Bloomberg

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a perfect symbol of Washington’s dysfunction. Democrats exaggerate its environmental impact while Republicans exaggerate its economic benefits. In the debate, each side talks past the other,...

February 25, 2015 An Administration Adrift on Denial

Source: Wall Street Journal

Great essays tell big truths. A deeply reported piece in next month’s Atlantic magazine does precisely that, and in a way devastating to the Obama administration’s thinking on ISIS.

February 25, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing: An Overcrowded Trade [Part One]

Source: Value Walk

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article for ValueWalk covering the performance of big tobacco stocks over the past few decades. And while the data itself is interesting — there seems to be an anomaly as to why big tobacco and sin...

February 25, 2015 HSBC, tax and why good companies do bad things

Source: ft.com

HSBC was surely hoping for a better start to its 150th anniversary than its chief executive Stuart Gulliver calling its behaviour a “source of shame”.

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