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May 28, 2015 Pizza Hut And Taco Bell Join Hershey And Nestle In Going More Natural

Source: Forbes

This is big. Journalists say three of something makes a trend but this is looking like a food business tsunami towards using more natural, less chemical ingredients in so-called fast and comfort foods. This is definitely...

May 28, 2015 Who’s to Blame For California’s Water Shortage? Look In A Mirror

Source: IVN

We Californians are to blame when it comes to our water shortage — but ultimately for reasons most of us never contemplate. The problem is our willingness to cede to single-party control in our state. Regardless of which side of...

May 28, 2015 Global Warming Is Not A Theory. It Is A Measurement.

Source: Clean Technica

I admit to being concerned about global warming, its many impacts, present and future, on human welfare, and the insidious fact that those least responsible for global warming and the resultant climate change are likely to suffer...

May 28, 2015 A Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Food Safety?

Source: Forbes

Corporate management on average is far more interested in food sales and profits and would just as soon ignore those people who talk incessantly about a “culture of food safety,” or “food safety from farm to fork.”

May 28, 2015 FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Mandatory Food Recalls Under the Food Safety Modernization Act

Source: National Law Review

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a draft guidance titled, “Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls.” FDA was given general mandatory food recall authority by the Food Safety Modernization Act...

May 27, 2015 What Would Ronald Reagan Do About Climate Change?

Source: Forbes

What would Reagan do?” (WWRD?) is a commonplace query on the right, and recently it has been applied to the vexing issue of climate change. It has been pointed out that Reagan embraced the 1987 Montreal Protocol that phased out...

May 27, 2015 Editorial: Executive compensation, ever higher, ever less justifiable

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

By almost any measure, one of the least-successful movements of the past decade has been the effort to rein in executive pay. “Say on pay” laws haven’t worked. Tax reforms haven’t worked. Shame hasn’t worked.

May 27, 2015 Accidents, waste and weapons: nuclear power isn't worth its risks

Science Codex - However, offsetting this is the economy of scale of large reactors. The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, which is not anti-nuclear, has serious safety and security concerns about SMRs. Weapons...

May 26, 2015 Pharma Trumps All Healthcare Sectors In Executive Compensation

Source: Forbes

A few weeks ago someone posted the annual compensation of a single healthcare CEO in a social media forum. I forget which CEO and which forum, but I’ve seen this before and it is provocative.

May 26, 2015 Fiat Chrysler boss shakes up global car business

Source: Toledo Blade

NEW YORK — Mary Barra, chief executive of General Motors, received a lengthy and unusual email back in March from one of her direct competitors, Sergio Marchionne.

May 26, 2015 Are investments in the chemicals sector appropriate for ethical investors'

Investopedia - The company now employs more than 45,000 employees worldwide. The Ethical Investment Research Services (îEIRISî) has paired up with Eurosif to publish reviews of the chemical sector in Europe. The...

May 26, 2015 Kevin Rudd: US, China and India key to tackling climate change

Source: The Guardian

Kevin Rudd says the US, China and India are key to a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions and tackling climate change.

May 26, 2015 Top energy firms tied to almost a third of greenhouse gases -study

Source: Reuters

PARIS – Thirty-two energy companies led by Russia’s Gazprom account for almost a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions if the burning of all the coal, oil and gas they produce is taken into account, a study said on...

May 22, 2015 If you're ever tempted to say, 'My vote doesn't matter . . .'

Source: Friday Flyer

Does every vote count? Can one vote really make a difference? Can one vote make or break an election?

May 22, 2015 STUDY: California TV Stations' Drought Coverage Gave Short Shrift To Climate Change

Source: Media Matters

It has become increasingly clear that human-induced climate change is exacerbating California's historic drought and will continue to make droughts in the western U.S. more common and more extreme, as many studies and leading...

May 22, 2015 A cautionary tale from the muddy waters of Chinese business


When polluters go unpunished, we must be prepared to live in a toxic environment — and we do. Likewise when the regulators clamp down on stock market manipulation, many in the public seem at best uninterested — with predictable...

May 22, 2015 China's sustainability initiatives - Green meetings have a competitive edge

Source: CEI

On the corporate side, sustainability is being pushed down the supply chain by procurement and marketers who realise sustainability can serve as another arrow in their quiver to better attract events and shows. Certification to a...

May 22, 2015 OPEC may condemn the world to an oil glut for years

Source: MarketWatch

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries could flood the market with oil for years if it opts to do nothing to alter its output ceiling at a highly-anticipated meeting in June.

May 22, 2015 Market Structure Map - The Cube

Source: Tim Quast, president,ModernNetworks IR LLC

Investor-relations is an itinerant profession. We’re on the road a lot. If you’ve had one of those three-hour flights, say from Denver to Atlanta, in a cramped regional jet (we’ve vowed to avoid them but United interdicts our...[more]

May 22, 2015 Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Source: Bloomberg

He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning one is a lifestyle choice—like having a compost bin in the garden and reusable diapers on the baby. His battery is...

May 21, 2015 Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

Source: Forbes

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent...

May 21, 2015 What can be done about a water shortage?

Source: Missouri S&T

The water crisis in the western United States – most notably in California and Washington – may be the most severe and most publicized, but other threats to the nation’s water supply loom, says Dr. Joel Burken, professor of civil...

May 21, 2015 What can companies actually do to fight the global water crisis?

Source: Food Navigator

The WWF report offers industry a five-step plan to tackle global water scarcity and holds up certain food and drink companies for their best practice.

May 21, 2015 How an American With a Knack for Math Saved India From Famine

Source: Bloomberg Business

Lester Brown has spent his career making shrewd projections about the food, water, and energy people need to survive, and pushing governments to respond. None of this math brings tears to his eyes except the time in 1965 he made...

May 21, 2015 Can suburbs catch up with cities?

Source: USA Today

The post-recession growth of large cities is slowing as suburbs — and their contribution to the economy– finally recover, Census estimates released today show.

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