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November 28, 2014 Good News on Energy

Source: NY Times

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the...

November 26, 2014 Blog: What does good corporate governance look like?

Source: Economia

We all know the importance of corporate culture and behaviour in corporate governance. The revised Preface of the 2014 version of the UK Corporate Governance Code talks about the key role that the board plays in establishing...

November 25, 2014 At Crisis Time – For Companies and Celebrities, It’s Usually Not Just One Thing to Deal With

Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman, G&A Institute

In my career of advising clients on issue management and crisis management (and especially crisis response), I usually pointed out to those in the crosshairs that it is not just “one thing” to deal with. Often, in time of an...

November 25, 2014 Why Are Oil Prices Dropping?

Source: Forbes

With the price of oil down 28 percent in recent months, financial analysts and political pundits are all asking the same questions: What are the reasons behind this drop and why isn’t OPEC taking steps to stop the bleeding?

November 24, 2014 Is Refusing to Fight Climate Change Unethical'

knowledge.insead.edu - Commentators say those not following the recommendations of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî are unethical. I disagree. The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî...

November 24, 2014 Oil woes for Venezuela

Source: Miami Herald

Falling gas prices around the world, now at a four-year low, could result in the lifting of government subsidies on gasoline inside Venezuela, which has been a big savings for its citizens. The combination of the end of the...

November 21, 2014 Market Structure Map - Feedback

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

We’re inundated with market information in the investor-relations profession. The feedback loop is so intensive that it can somewhere morph from meaningful to white noise. You don’t know what you’re measuring or hearing. The...[more]

November 19, 2014 The moral issue of climate change

Source: Washington Post

The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission...

November 19, 2014 Why Organic Isn't 'Sustainable'

Source: Forbes

“Sustainable” has become a buzzword. It is applied not only to agriculture and energy production but to sectors as far afield as the building and textile industries. Some universities offer courses or even degrees in...

November 18, 2014 The Anti-Obamacare FAQ

Source: Slate

Though the Affordable Care Act passed into law in 2010, conservatives continue to fight it at every opportunity: in the courts, in state legislatures, and in Congress. It’s a safe bet that as the race for the 2016 GOP...

November 18, 2014 Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy

Source: New Republic

When I was fourteen I met a man with a talent for restoring a sense of fairness to a society with vast and growing inequalities in wealth. His name was Jack Kenney and he’d created a tennis camp, called Tamarack, in the mountains...

November 17, 2014 Editorial: Pipeline undermines climate objectives

The Pitt News - At the summit, President Obama conveyed urgency to other nations regarding climate change â this came in the wake of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeîâs (IPCC) report that...

November 14, 2014 Michelin CEO addresses sustainability

Source: Rubber News

CHENGDU, China—While the more recognizable Michelin man roamed among the crowd hamming it up with some of the 6,000 in attendance, the top Michelin man—CEO Jean-Dominique Senard—talked about his company’s commitment to innovation...

November 14, 2014 How to Prepare for Obamacare's Collapse

Source: Bloomberg

Fear of disruption has long dominated the politics of health care. People seem to have a strong, and reasonable, preference that their health-insurance arrangements not be up-ended by the ideological schemes of politicians.

November 14, 2014 Op-ed: Understanding executive pay at home and abroad

Source: Deseret News

In recent years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the idea that executives of major companies make an incredible amount of money each year. In the U.S., it is not uncommon to see executives making over 100 times more per...

November 13, 2014 Changing climate creates huge risks and opportunities for the UK

Source: Click Green.org

Climate change will increasingly pose serious challenges to Britain and British interests, but addressing the issue will bring significant opportunities for the nation’s business, according to a panel of leading experts

November 13, 2014 The Demise of the White Democratic Voter

Source: NY Times

It has not escaped the notice of political analysts that 72 percent of whites without college degrees — a rough proxy for what we used to call the white working class — believe that “the U.S. economic system generally favors the...

November 12, 2014 Drop in Oil Consumption Signals Power of Free Market

The Huffington Post - Think about what's happened just over the last month: Car-sharing moved into the mainstream. Avis, which leads the industry in îCSRHubî's social responsibility ratings, paid $500 million for the...

November 10, 2014 It’s time to stop compromising on environment sustainability

Source: Central Maine.com

So now what? Clearly we are in deep trouble and truly meaningful environmental progress in the near term is no longer a reasonable expectation. Compromise and wonky engagement continue to fail. Expecting progress on climate...

November 10, 2014 If capitalism is the cause of climate change, then what's the solution?

Source: The Week

What are the causes of climate change? That may sound like a simple question to answer: carbon emissions, duh. But when we think of the ur-culprit of climate change, we would have to point the finger at a global economic system...

November 10, 2014 The Green Giant: 5 Questions with Walmart Sustainability VP Manuel Gomez

Source: BrandChannel

Walmart is increasing its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, which is a very good thing given that with 2014 sales on track to pass $473 billion and more than 2 million employees worldwide, Walmart’s industry...

November 10, 2014 What Will the New Congress Do With Environmental Policy'

Wall St. Cheat Sheet - The pipelineâs importance, and the importance of environmentally sound policy was highlighted with particular clarity in a report from the United Nationâs îIntergovernmental Panel on...

November 7, 2014 Sallie Krawcheck Embraces Socially Responsible Investing

Source: CSRWire

In the Fall 2014 issue of Progressive Asset Management’s newsletter, News & Views, Sallie Krawcheck discusses three important topics:

November 7, 2014 4 Ways To Play The Coming Water Crisis

Source: Seeking Alpha

As climate and resource data continues to pour in from every corner of the globe, it is quickly becoming apparent that the environment is "in play" for investors. Finding sectors and markets that are safeguarded from the...

November 6, 2014 Analyst Sees 'Dangerous Scene' for Markets as Others Yawn

For sure, the consensus among many market pundits after last night’s election results is that there’s no reason for alarm. And the early moves higher in stock prices reinforce that

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