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September 3, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance

Source: Reuters

The extent to which cities are making natural infrastructure an integral part of their water management plans is new, says Katie Arkema, senior scientist at the Natural Capital Project, an early proponent of resilient...

September 3, 2015 IMF: China slowdown threatens global outlook

Source: MarketWatch

Ian Talley WASHINGTON--China's slowdown and a host of other downside risks threaten to push the global economy into much deeper trouble without concerted action by the world's largest economies, the International...

September 2, 2015 Helping Clients With Socially Responsible Investments

Source: Wealth Management.com

Both of us began our careers in financial services working at firms not far from the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Ill. From time to time, a graduate student or professor would wander into our offices and inquire...

September 2, 2015 FSMA: No Safety, No Modernization

Source: Food Safety News

In the midst of food prices that are already on the rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will vastly increase costs, but it’s not likely to change food safety nor will it modernize...

September 2, 2015 I am a socially liberal, millennial immigrant—and here’s why Donald Trump has my vote

Source: Quartz

Billionaire real-estate mogul and now presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is leading the Republican primary polls this summer. Yet, even as his numbers rise the majority of narratives I read online continue to reflect the idea...

September 1, 2015 Positive changes in corporate governance

Source: Gulf Times

Around the world, the corporate governance landscape is shifting, as efforts to improve business practices and policies gain support and momentum. The wave of reform has become visible everywhere – from tough new regulations in...

September 1, 2015 Opinion: Energy stocks have shown you the dangers of investing in a ‘value trap’

Source: MarketWatch

The stock market’s wild trading recently has raised the specter of a bear market emerging from hibernation. That means it’s time for investors conditioned to buy all declines to be mindful of the “value trap” — a declining stock,...

September 1, 2015 The Transformative Potential of Sustainability Education

Source: Huff Post

As the school year begins, I am thinking a great deal about the revisions I've made over the past several months to my courses and curricula for graduate-level sustainability students. The field keeps changing, and so constant...

September 1, 2015 Personal beliefs don't belong in your retirement account

Source: MarketWatxh

When investors utilize SRI and other emotionally charged strategies, they do more harm than good because those strategies lack the following attributes:

August 31, 2015 Central banks can’t save the markets from a crash. They shouldn’t even try

Source: The Guardian

Like children clinging to their parents, stock market traders turned to their central banks last week as they sought protection from the frightening economic figures coming out of China. Surely, they asked, the central banks...

August 31, 2015 Why I Wouldn't Short Berkshire Hathaway

Source: Fox Business

In times like these,with the markets swinging wildly and lower, it's tempting to bet against large companies with broad exposure to the economy at home and abroad. Collapsing oil prices are having a trickle-down effect through...

August 31, 2015 Bond Market Anxieties Divide Wall Street on Fed's Next Move

Source: Bloomberg

Dominic Konstam isn’t sure about Deutsche Bank AG’s forecast that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in September -- and he works there.

August 31, 2015 3 reasons markets lost faith in China’s economy, at a glance

Source: Washington Post

For decades, Chinese economic policymakers have drawn praise for keeping their economy growing strongly through turbulence, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 and the worldwide financial tumult of 2008. But investors...

August 28, 2015 The ‘green-tech’ future is a flawed vision of sustainability

Source: The Conversion

What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world’s most pressing environmental problems. In this world we all drive electric cars and have solar panels on...

August 27, 2015 Bruising sell-off tests market faith in central banks

Source: Reuters UK

A bruising 48-hour sell-off in global stocks driven by fears of slowing growth has rocked market confidence in central bankers' ability to fight deflation, restore economic health and keep a six-year-old bull run going.

August 27, 2015 The Many Terrifying Ways Global Warming Will Soon Be Ravaging California

Source: Curbed.com

California's unabated drought (the one that's been going on for four long years) has parched the entire state and led to some frightening consequences (parts of the state are sinking), but the worst is yet to come and "there's no...

August 27, 2015 Arizonans, we need to take immediate action to avert a water crisis

Source: The State Press

To its credit, Arizona is one of the best-prepared states for drought in the nation. As early as 1980, the state legislature enacted policies to support water conservation and sustainable water supply. The state legislature has...

August 27, 2015 How tens of thousands of migrants could help save Europe

Source: Washington Posst

Europe's startling refugee crisis, unparalleled perhaps since World War II, has generated all sorts of alarmist headlines. A right-wing British tabloid bemoaned the "swarms" flooding across the Channel. Anti-immigration...

August 27, 2015 Paris climate talks are the shortest route to business stability

Source: GreenBiz

Our world has changed. So has our climate. Never has the necessity of building a sustainable world been so real and so urgent. But stepping into this reality should not evoke dark clouds as it is also an opportunity for hope

August 26, 2015 Regan: Markets' wild ride to get even bumpier

Source: USA Today

After more than six years of a Fed-induced sugar high, Wall Street is waking up to the realization that stocks are too richly valued.

August 26, 2015 Prowling bear won't maul U.S. stocks: Wall Street

Source: USA Today

One-thousand-point daily drops for the Dow. The first 10% correction for the broad U.S. stock market in four years. Fear and panic on the rise on Wall Street. Is a dreaded bear market, or drop of 20%, next?

August 26, 2015 Political Risks May Foil Economic Reform in China

Source: NY Times

Can China pull it off? A couple of weeks ago, the International Monetary Fund told the world that China was essentially doing O.K. It is “transitioning to a new normal,” the I.M.F. said in its regular economic assessment, toward...

August 26, 2015 World sinks deep into recession: Opposing view

Source: USA Today

When commodity prices began collapsing in mid-July, Wall Street blamed rising expectations that the Federal Reserve would boost interest rates by year’s end. And, because commodities are traded in U.S. dollars, it would become...

August 26, 2015 Impossible trinity gives China a difficult choice

Source: Reuters

Beijing can bend the laws of economics, but it can’t break them. The central bank’s impressive foreign currency war chest gives China the room to muddle through between three objectives: lower interest rates, a stable yuan, and a...

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