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November 24, 2015 Paris is Just One Piece of the Climate Change Puzzle

Council on Foreign Relations - Coauthored with Naomi Egel, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week's Paris meeting on climate...

November 24, 2015 Not Good Enough: Meta-Analysis Of Climate INDC Studies

CleanTechnica - Last week, analysts Kelly Levin and Taryn Fransen of the World Resources Institute munched and crunched about a dozen very recent reports that examine how far the world's climate action commitments (intended...

November 24, 2015 Choose sustainable palm oil to stop the destruction of rainforests

The Daily - In fact, according to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, if the carbon dioxide is released from all the peatlands in Southeast Asia, it will be equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide from nine...

November 24, 2015 Yellen defends Fed policy, calls for gradual hikes

Source: CNBC

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Monday argued for gradual rate normalization, and called an interest rate hike "appropriate" if central bank officials see progress toward labor and inflation goals.

November 24, 2015 Climate change will trigger the world's greatest refugee crisis

Sydney Morning Herald - And it will force residents out of rural areas that suffer greater risk of wildfire. On current trends, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts sea levels will rise by up to...

November 24, 2015 Weather disasters occur almost daily, becoming more frequent: U.N.

Source: Reuters

Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday.

November 24, 2015 Bloomberg derides state, federal action on climate change

Source: Capital New York

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday expressed little faith in the ability of state and federal elected leaders to make progress on climate change, saying that business, consumers and mayors will have a much greater impact.

November 23, 2015 Did bad PR cause the fall of Chipotle Shares or is it the E-Coli outbreak, or a combination of both?

Source: Times Gazette

Going into the last lap of November 2015 so far has turned out to be quite an year in terms of corporate crises. Many names have taken the beating from Talk Talk to Tesco. But, what has surprised many is the type of businesses...

November 23, 2015 Paris climate talks: Developed countries must do more than reduce emissions

Source: The Guardian

Developed nations must take responsibility for their historic emissions and contribute the funds and transfer of technologies to developing countries needed to help avoid dangerous climate change.

November 23, 2015 Why You Should Feel Optimistic About A Global Climate Deal

Source: Think Progress

Think Progress - director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and an expert on domestic and international climate change policy. The atmosphere is very different than it was six years ago in the run-up to...

November 20, 2015 This is why the Fed has waited to hike, says Ken Griffin

Source: MarketWatch

The Federal Reserve has lost some of its credibility this year after months of promising to raise interest rates and not pulling the trigger — but hedge fund king Ken Griffin thinks the central bank has waited to hike because it...

November 20, 2015 5 Points on How Technology is Reshaping the U.S. Energy Landscape

Source: Talking Points

Over the past 20 years, technology has fundamentally remade energy in the United States, reshaping America’s fuel mix, creating significant domestic energy surpluses, and pushing down U.S. carbon emissions along the way.

November 19, 2015 Discretionary Executive Compensation Enhancements And Their Impact On The Say-On-Golden-Parachute Advisory Vote

Source: Mondaq

Under Item 402(t) of Regulation S-K, public companies are required to provide their shareholders with a non-binding vote to approve "golden parachute" compensation arrangements disclosed in their merger- and acquisition-related...

November 19, 2015 Don't get left behind in the sustainability game

Source: Plastics Today

PlasticsToday caught up with Dr. Han Zhang, Sustainability and Advocacy Manager for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) North America, for an exclusive interview on where the future of packaging sustainability is headed....

November 18, 2015 Fast Food’s Transition to Sustainability

Source: The Fordham Ram

This week, Taco Bell announced its plans to transition to using only cage-free eggs by the end of 2016, according to CBS News. Furthermore, the fast food chain plans to source its ingredients more sustainably and produce it...

November 18, 2015 Could Climate Change Trigger Another Genocide?

Source: Pacific Standard

When a true expert like Yale University’s Timothy Snyder says that climate change could bring on conditions similar to those that led to the Holocaust, you sit up and listen. onEarth talked to the history professor about his new...

November 18, 2015 Stella McCartney: Luxury And Environmental Sustainability Can Co-exist

Source: Forbes

Many people equate luxury with excess and folly. Stella McCartney is not one of those people. A lifelong vegetarian and prominent player in the green fashion movement, the designer has shown that luxury and sustainability need...

November 17, 2015 What is global warming?


Soon, the world will gather in Paris to forge a global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for dangerous levels of global warming.

November 17, 2015 Gambling the World Economy on Climate

Source: Wall Street Journal

The United Nations climate conference in Paris starting Nov. 30 will get under way when most minds in the French capital will still understandably be on the recent terror attacks. But for many of the 40,000 attendees, the goal is...

November 17, 2015 Opinion: These investments can help you profit from global warming

Source: MarketWatch

Global warming is real. The literal rocket scientists at NASA say so. In fact, 97% of scientists think so. Even the majority of those who describe themselves as “conservative Republicans” say so.

November 17, 2015 US FDA Announces The Beginning of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Source: Pioneer News

“The FDA is working with partners across the government and industry to prevent foodborne outbreaks. The rules will help better protect consumers from foodborne illness and strengthen their confidence that modern preventive...

November 16, 2015 If CEOs Care About the Long Term, Why Don’t They Talk About It?

Source: Harvard Business Review

CEOs are increasingly frustrated by the short-term orientation of investors. They say markets underappreciate long-term investments and ignore issues like employee and customer welfare, while pressuring companies to make...

November 16, 2015 What Will the U.S. Energy Industry Look Like Over the Next Five Years?

Source: Wall Street Journal

Low fuel prices and new climate policies are rapidly transforming the American energy sector, while escalating wars in the Middle East and a nuclear deal with Iran are clouding the global oil picture.

November 16, 2015 5 biggest misconceptions I learned about sustainability since blogging about it


My colleague and I founded Green Philly Blog in 2008 to educate Philadelphians about recycling and other green issues. Yet sustainability is way more complicated than composting and LED lightbulbs. Or as my Dad calls them, “Al...

November 16, 2015 Global Sustainability Summit: Food & Sustainability

Source: TriplePundit

Earlier this year, I attended the Global Sustainability Summit in Denver, Colorado which focused on food waste and sustainability. These causes resonate closely with me both personally and professionally as COO of Lovin’...

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