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April 14, 2015 Top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes

Source: CNBC

The top-earning 1 percent of Americans will pay nearly half of the federal income taxes for 2014, the largest share in at least three years, according to a study.

April 14, 2015 Keep it in the ground: why this is a matter of basic ethics

Source: The Guardian

If the purpose of your existence is to make the world a better place, why would you invest billions of dollars in companies that make the greatest contribution to global climate change? That’s the simple question behind the...

April 14, 2015 Floods & Drought Amid Climate Change Cost Global Economy Billions: Oxford

Insurance Journal - According to the report from the University of Oxford published at the start of the îWorld Water Forumî in Korea, South Asia has the largest concentration of water-related risks. East and Southeast...

April 14, 2015 The Real Reason Californians Can't Water Their Lawns - text/video

Source: Bloomberg

In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in...

April 13, 2015 Sustainability Is Not a Club

Source: TriplePundit

Those in the seafood industry furthest along the path to sustainability must never become the elite. Sustainability is not a club one joins. It is not an award one wins or a crown one wears. Sustainability must be nothing more...

April 13, 2015 China: Did We Just Hear The Death Rattle Of The Economy?

Source: Forbes

Since last July, when the current bull market began, Shanghai stocks have soared 97.0%. Shenzhen shares during the period are up 95.9%. Tech companies are leading the way, now trading around 220 times profits.

April 13, 2015 Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil

Source: Bloomberg

Last fall, as oil prices crashed, Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister and the world’s de facto energy czar, went mum. He still popped up, as is his habit, at industry conferences on three continents. Yet from...

April 13, 2015 Is Listeria Actually On The Rise Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Source: Forbes

Last week, Sabra recalled 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, and Blue Bell recalled more varieties of its ice cream products. Before that, it was spinach, sprouts, and caramel...

April 13, 2015 The Dirty Secret of Obama’s Carbon Plan

Source: Wall Street Journal

Americans don’t give much thought to whether their electricity will be there when they need it. You flip a switch, the lights go on. Your phone charges up. The medical equipment in the emergency room does its job. Yet electric...

April 13, 2015 Why C.E.O. Pay Reform Failed

Source: The New Yorker

This power, known as “say-on-pay,” became law in 2010, as part of the Dodd-Frank bill. In the wake of the financial crisis, which amplified anger about exorbitant C.E.O. salaries, reformers looking for ways to rein in the...

April 13, 2015 5 ways to boost sustainability's value proposition for CFOs

Source: GreenBiz

Until very recently, most CFOs viewed sustainability as someone else’s job — a matter of compliance or philanthropy unrelated to the pressing concerns that typically keep financial executives up at night.

April 13, 2015 H&M’s “sustainability” report hides the unsustainable reality of fast fashion

Source: Quartz

On April 9, H&M released its annual sustainability report for 2014. The document details—at great length—how the company is implementing more eco-friendly practices in its supply chain and stores to reduce the harm it causes the...

April 13, 2015 Misreading The Runes About The Fed's Timing Of An Interest Rate Rise

Source: Forbes

There’s an interesting piece over at Business Insider looking at when (not really “if” any more) the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates. It appears well informed, a good argument, has nice charts, what’s not to...

April 10, 2015 Why 2015 could be a record year for the greening of U.S. energy

Source: Washington Post

Nonetheless, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

April 10, 2015 How Bad Policies And Bad Ideas Caused The California Water Shortage

Source: Forbes

The real failure of government policy is on water. For decades, policy officials have been predicting that California’s population would explode. (2) Now they are saying California’s population is expected to grow by as much as...

April 10, 2015 We can still end deforestation

Minnesota Daily - Indonesiaâs deforestation rates have also slowed down significantly. The îWorld Resources Instituteî indicated that the past decadeâs surge in deforestation might be losing momentum....

April 9, 2015 Nine Steps to Make Your Company’s Ethics Training Program Stick

Source: Accounting Web

It’s not easy to embed business ethics throughout an organization, because it’s not always easy to define the “right thing to do” – especially when different people define “right and wrong” in different ways. To add to the...

April 9, 2015 Has Environmental Journalism Failed?

Source: Slate

As an environmental journalist, I start off each morning plowing through a half-dozen or so roundups of the day’s biggest environmental news. Invariably, it’s depressing and overwhelming; before I’ve even finished my first cup of...

April 9, 2015 Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule

Source: Bloomberg

The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology. A new study in Nature Climate Change, by Bjorn Nykvist and Mans Nilsson of the...

April 9, 2015 Interior Design goes "Eco Chic"

Source: Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola, Builder & Developer

Eco-friendly and green design is becoming prominent, especially when it comes to building a home’s exterior—but I’m here to say be sure to not overlook your interiors. When committing to a green design approach it’s best to...

April 8, 2015 How to engage your investors on ESG issues in proxy season and beyond

Source: GreenBiz

Spring brings a new proxy voting season, as shareholders exercise their right to raise issues of importance to company management, the board of directors and fellow shareholders. In recent years, the number of shareholder...

April 8, 2015 Are we reaching a positive climate change tipping point?

Source: The Guardian

Despite low oil prices, the latest figures reveal a striking turnaround in solar and wind power investment, but are we really about to win the carbon war?

April 8, 2015 Women and the Future of Investing

Source: Triple Pundit

Discerning the ways in which women interact with and affect the investment sector has in the past been challenging, as very few serious discussions delved deeply into the subject. The most prominent conversations have tended to...

April 7, 2015 The Corporate Governance Climate in 2015

Source: Huff Post

In the ever-changing and always dynamic world of corporate governance, it can be challenging to keep up with the trends and developments when not focused on these matters full-time. Post corporate implosions of the past 10 years...

April 7, 2015 The American people are clueless: Why income inequality is so much worse than we realize

Source: Salon

In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, “Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” The findings of three studies, published over...

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