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April 1, 2016 America Needs An Energy President

Source: Forbes

Anyone who has been waiting for leadership on energy policy during this year’s tumultuous Presidential campaign may be waiting in vain. There’s little talk of energy and, even when the candidates offer a few proposals on their...

April 1, 2016 Seas could rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities: study

Source: Reuters

Global seas could rise nearly twice as much as previous, widely accepted estimates, according to a study published on Thursday saying low-lying cities face possible disaster by the end of the century.

April 1, 2016 Rethinking attitudes towards sustainability

Source: Boulder Weekly

Sustainability is an all encompassing concept that affects every part of our lives. It’s not just about science and the environment but also includes art, family, movement, politics and education. And while most of us, to some...

March 31, 2016 Market Structure Map - Bad Forecast

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Speaking of ferocity, yesterday Janet Yellen yelled the dollar down a percentage point. One would expect to see in response stronger equity indexes (SPY rose the inverse of the dollar’s move) and emerging markets (EEM up 1.4%),...[more]

March 31, 2016 The alarming science driving much higher sea level projections for this century

Source: Washington Post

For many scientists studying Antarctica, and particularly the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet, a major new study significantly increasing expectations for sea-level rise is the culmination of a large body of prior research —...

March 31, 2016 The Truth About Sustainability

Source: Forbes

Is our way of life sustainable? For the last several decades—actually centuries—despite a continuously improving quality of life, many of our thought leaders have said “No.” In fact, the most our prosperity has increased, the...

March 30, 2016 Redefining Board Responsibility: Why Shareholders Want More

Source: Forbes

Jon Lukomnik is one of the pioneers of modern corporate governance. He cofounded the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and GovernanceMetrics International (now part of MSCI), and served as interim chair of the...

March 30, 2016 A Theory Of CEO Pay And Inequality: It's The Taxation

Source: Forbes

It’s about, today, stock options and the way that the change to paying CEOs in this manner has contributed to perceived or measured inequality in pay in the US.

March 30, 2016 Forget The Gender Pay Gap, Look At The Gender Labor Force Participation Gap

Source: Forbes

Nearly seven years after the end of the Great Recession, there are still two areas of concern in the labor market. The first is the low labor force participation rate, and the second is the slack in the labor market, as...

March 30, 2016 Why It's Time For Boards To Take A Stand On Sustainability

Source: Forbes

What is the biggest barrier to sustainable development? There are many, but I’d like to flag one that I think hasn’t received enough attention so far: boards of directors of companies and asset managers. Too many are only focused...

March 29, 2016 New Research Offers Much-Needed Hope For Our Oceans

Source: Huff Post

The study, published in Monday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that with better fishing practices, the majority of the world’s fisheries — 77 percent, to be exact — could recover to a healthy...

March 29, 2016 Too early to hail dip in China’s CO2, despite coal fall-study

Source: Reuters

Reports of a historic dip in China‘s carbon dioxide emissions in the past two years are premature because of uncertainty over data showing the pace of a decline in coal use by the world’s biggest consumer, a study showed on...

March 29, 2016 How a French-Israeli grifter became a money-laundering pioneer in China

The Times of Israel - A visionary con man, Chikli realized early on around 2000, the year before China joined the World Trade Organization the potential that lay in the shadows of China's rise, its entrenched corruption and...

March 28, 2016 Morningstar and the democratization of ESG information

Source: GreenBiz

The ordinary investor is more likely to have most of his money in mutual funds than individual stocks or bonds, but until recently there have been few options to determine how sustainable these funds may be.

March 28, 2016 Climate Change Threatens The Lives Of More Than 13 Million Americans

Source: Collective Evolution

More than 13 million people – in the US alone – could face the risk of inundation by 2100, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change.

March 28, 2016 New survey finds a growing climate consensus among meteorologists

Source: The Guardian

There have been multiple scientific studies that all concur: scientists know that climate change is happening and it is largely caused by humans. I recently wrote about this here, where I reviewed the studies. It turns out that...

March 28, 2016 What Americans Really Think about Free Trade

Source: Magic Valley

For decades, the benefits of free trade have been something that both political parties have agreed on. Eliminating tariffs, proponents said, would reduce the cost of goods for U.S. consumers and put more people to work in...

March 24, 2016 Market Structure Map - False Passive

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Sometimes I’m so close to the trees of market structure that I forget about the forest everyone else is seeing. Statisticians warn about false positives, false correlations, false precision. The descriptor “passive” for...[more]

March 23, 2016 Are There GMOs in Cheerios? Soon You’ll Know.

Source: Mother Jones

Is Big Food ready to surrender to it critics and begin to label genetically modified ingredients? In the past week, grocery-aisle titans Kellogg, Mars, and General Mills, have all announced plans to label their products. In doing...

March 23, 2016 Is Warren Buffett Becoming More Bullish on Energy?

Source: The Motley Fool

Warren Buffett sidestepped much of the energy decline. In March 2014, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) had substantial exposure to a number of upstream/integrated companies, including ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and...

March 23, 2016 Global Warming Could Yield Catastrophic Effects Sooner Than We Think

Source: Fortune

A group of leading climate scientists have warned that the effects of global warming could come quicker and at a far bigger impact than originally thought.

March 22, 2016 Record number of Americans now say humans cause climate change (+video)

Source: CS Monitor

Sixty-five percent of Americans say human activities are responsible for climate change, the highest reading ever according to a Gallup poll published earlier this month. And 64 percent of Americans say they are worried a great...

March 22, 2016 The Presidency and Sustainability

Source: Huff Post

In President Obama’s second term, he has worked the seams of executive power to become America’s first sustainability president. While he has been hampered by the lack of new legislation and the absence of the new resources...

March 21, 2016 10 Problems the Anti Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas Movement Must Answer

Source: Forbes

...there’s a growing and dangerous push to 1) NOT produce more fossil fuels, 2) NOT build more related infrastructure, and/or 3) hurt the companies that produce our coal, oil, and gas.

March 21, 2016 Focus on companies corporate governance before financials, GCC investors urged

Source: Gulf News

Dubai: Investors should look at corporate governance of companies they are planning to invest even before financials, Jane Valls, Executive Director, GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI) told Gulf News.

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