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March 11, 2015 Global warming debate isn't settled

The Anniston Star - In 2010, German economist and îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî official Ottmar Edenhofer said, "One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy."...

March 11, 2015 A Conversation With U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

Council on Foreign Relations - whether commercial, noncommercial, educational, or promotional, is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the copyright owner, the îCouncil on Foreign Relationsî. For...

March 11, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investors tell companies: “No excuses on human rights reporting

Source: Reuters

Human rights reporting is easier said than done. There can be no one-size-fits all approach as different human rights issues are financially material to different companies, and issues can vary depending on what each company...

March 11, 2015 Mark Carney defends Bank of England over climate change study

Source: The Guardian

Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the insurance industry, the governor of the Bank of England has said after a former Conservative chancellor dismissed a study on global warming as “green claptrap”.

March 11, 2015 Former SEC Director Rips the Red Tape Off His Mouth

Source: Bloomberg

For more than a decade, John Ramsay had red tape over his mouth. Now that he’s left government bureaucracy, he says he’s been “uncorked.” Ramsay, 55, formerly the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s director of trading and...

March 10, 2015 6 Investing Lessons from Buffett's 50 Years of Success

Source: Daily Finance

In a sense, the Oracle of Omaha turned 50 this month. While Warren Buffett himself is 84 years old, he's now celebrating the 50th anniversary of when he took charge of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B). At that time, Berkshire...

March 9, 2015 Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Source: Huff Post

A couple of weeks ago, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce published an opinion piece titled, "Why green building has hit the wall, and what to do about it." The author, long-time green building advocate Jerry Yudelson, laments...

March 9, 2015 It's National Day of Unplugging Yet You're Still Reading This

Source: ABC News

It's "National Day of Unplugging" and the world is your unplugged oyster, nostalgically longing for your pre-iPhone self. Don't remember who that is? Let us help you with a list of seven things to do when you're unplugged.

March 9, 2015 How Warren Buffett does it

Source: TodayOnlline

Fifty years ago, a young investor named Mr Warren Buffett took control of a failing textile company, Berkshire Hathaway. “I found myself ... invested in a terrible business about which I knew very little,” Mr Buffett relates in...

March 9, 2015 How the Oil Export Ban Chokes the Fracking Boom

Source: Wall Street Journal

Oil is overflowing U.S. storage facilities partly because of the 40-year-old export ban. The wave of bankruptcies and layoffs that many have predicted for the U.S. energy sector may finally be coming, but less because of the...

March 9, 2015 How will everything change under climate change?

Source: The Guardian

he alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time - yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us?

March 9, 2015 'Six-stock candles': Wall Street bull turns 6

Source: USA Today

The stock bull market, the one Wall Street predicted would have a short life span when it was born in the shadow of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, turns 6 Monday.

March 6, 2015 K-Cups inventor: ‘I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it’

Source: Washington Post

When John Sylvan invented K-Cups — those trendy little coffee pods — he wasn’t even that keen on the drink. He knew he had something brewing but, he said, he never thought the invention would feed a universal coffee addiction.

March 6, 2015 Global Warming or Climate Chaos: What's in a Name?

Source: Huff Post

This winter has set record lows in many states, a fact the editor of our conservative local newspaper, and others of his ilk, must be relishing. "There's no global warming," I can imagine him crowing. "It's all a liberal hoax."...

March 6, 2015 More Cold and Snow Thanks to Global Warming

Source: Counterpunch

If global warming is not simply warmer weather, but rather increasingly crazy weather, then this winter has given us ample evidence. An irony of global warming for eastern North America is it seems to be the one place that is...

March 6, 2015 Rewriting the Corporate Social Responsibility Equation

Source: Forbes

Every company has at least one good opportunity that would yield healthy business and social outcomes, Mission Measurement’s Perry Yeatman recently told a group of business and nonprofit executives. Many of these efforts fail,...

March 6, 2015 The Myth of Russia’s Energy Strength

Source: Newsweek

The idea that Russia could achieve a strategic advantage over its neighbors through its energy resources is well known. After the start of the conflict in Ukraine last year, Western media and energy experts suggested that Russia...

March 6, 2015 Misleading Gender Pay Gap Statistics For International Womens' Day

Source: Forbes

That there is a difference between pay for men and pay for women is true. And it’s also true that we’d like to work out why this is happening. Only once we know what is happening and why can we then try to make policy decisions...

March 6, 2015 India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods: study

Source: Reuters

India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday.

March 5, 2015 The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics

Wall Street Journal - As to the science itself, itâs worth noting that all predictions of warming since the onset of the last warming episode of 1978-98âwhich is the only period that the îUnited Nationsî...

March 5, 2015 A Case for the Climate

Eugene Weekly - It will cost New York almost $20 billion to prepare the city for the impacts of climate change coming our way, according to Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the îUnion of Concerned...

March 5, 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

Source: Climate Central

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it...

March 4, 2015 The smart way to divest fossil fuels

Source: Reuters

The New York Times Business section article entitled “Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments” on February 9 reported on a new paper, financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, claiming that...

March 4, 2015 New Study Says Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

Source: Slate

By now, it’s pretty clear that we’re starting to see visible manifestations of climate change beyond far-off melting ice sheets. One of the most terrifying implications is the increasingly real threat of wars sparked in part by...

March 4, 2015 Innovation, not easy money, is behind the Nasdaq’s return to 5,000

Source: MarketWatch

Finally — after much anticipation, the Nasdaq Composite Index has closed above the 5,000 mark for the first time since March 2000, and it’s very near its Internet bubble all-time closing high of 5048.62.

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