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July 13, 2015 Geothermal heat below West Antarctic ice 'SURPRISINGLY high'

Source: The Register

Geothermal heating from the Earth beneath the intensively-studied West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been measured for the first time ever, and been found to be "surprisingly high" according to investigating boffins.

July 10, 2015 Study Resurrects The Global Warming ‘Hiatus’

Source: Daily Caller

A new study resurrects the idea of the so-called “hiatus” in global warming about one month after government scientists claimed the lull in temperature rise was an aberration in the data.

July 10, 2015 Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change

Source: The Guardian

Study of past sea level changes shows coastal communities may face rises of at least six metres even if we limit global warming to 2C, reports Climate Central

July 9, 2015 Who Blew Up China’s Stock Bubble?

Source: Bloomberg

In China, the invisible hand of the market sometimes needs help from the iron fist of the state. That’s certainly true after a meltdown vaporized $3.5 trillion in the value of shares traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges.

July 9, 2015 The Problem With Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Motley Fool

Throughout history most societies have become more peaceful and compassionate, more cooperative and tolerant. War, violent crime, discrimination, and tyranny have all plunged over time. It's "the most important thing that has...

July 9, 2015 Market Structure Map - Babbling Happily

Source: Tim Quast, president,ModernNetworks IR LLC

Picture a mountain river still crisp with snowmelt babbling happily. Now imagine a town on its banks. Suppose thousands of people jammed the waters congenially in every kind of flotation device, laughing and floating downstream....[more]

July 9, 2015 'Ground zero': China's stock market crash up close in Shanghai - text/video

Source: CNN

For months, state media controlled by the ruling Communist Party had been cheering a months-long bull run -- making Shanghai the world's best performing market -- and encouraging people to invest in stocks amid skyrocketing share...

July 9, 2015 The times, they are a changin’

Source: Larry Checco, Principal - Checco Communications

Question: What do Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), a bevy of Republicans running to be president of the U.S.A., and a handful of billionaires have in common?[more]

July 8, 2015 Greece and China expose limits of 'whatever it takes'

Source: Reuters

"Whatever it takes," Mario Draghi's 2012 assertion about what the ECB would do to save the euro, best captures the all-powerful, self-aware central bank activism that's cosseted world markets since the banking and credit collapse...

July 7, 2015 Why the Greeks rejected Europe’s bailout

Source: Washington Post

Greece’s experience with the troika — the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB) — was an experiment in alien rule.

July 7, 2015 The Rise of Cities in the 21st Century

Source: Huff Post

The 21st century is seeing an incredible power shift and power dynamic with the rise of cities as socio-economic and political actors on national and world stages. Around the world, municipal orders of government are typically...

July 7, 2015 Five Tips for Covering Sustainability

Source: National Center for Business Journalism

Businesses are increasing their concern over sustainability and how their practices impact the environment. With more investment in going green, sustainability continues to produce money angles. Here are our top five tips for...

July 6, 2015 Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy

Source: Wall Street Journal

On June 30, one day after the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of mercury emissions from power plants, President Obama committed the United States to the goal of generating 20% of its...

July 6, 2015 The most influential climate change papers of all time

Source: The Carbon Brief

Which of the many thousands of papers on climate change published each year in scientific journals are the most successful? Which ones have done the most to advance scientists' understanding, alter the course of climate change...

July 2, 2015 Is Tsipras a genius?

Source: Politico

“Who’s going to pull the snake out of the hole?” It’s a common Greek expression that means: “Which fool can I get to stick his hand into the unknown? Who can I get to take a risk on my behalf?”

July 2, 2015 What the debacle of climate change can teach us about the dangers of artificial intelligence

Source: Washington Post

Could artificial intelligence be the new climate change? Is it a dangerous threat that human will overlook until it is too late?

July 2, 2015 Steering Toward Sustainability: How California’s New Groundwater Law Can Help Us From Driving Off a Cliff

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

According to new research by NASA, many of the world’s biggest aquifers are being depleted at a much faster rate than they can be replenished, and California’s Central Valley is among the worst. As we all know, California is in...

July 2, 2015 Consumers are demanding healthier food. Here's why they won't actually get it.

The Week Magazine - Nestle credits the beginning of the movement to Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, published in 2001, and îMichael Pollanî's Omnivore's Dilemma, published two years later. Schlosser's book focuses...

July 2, 2015 Climate-Change Report Cites Progress But Asserts Much More Needs to Be Done

NJ Spotlight - These failed efforts have included the îRegional Greenhouse Gas Initiativeî (RGGI), a multistate program to curb carbon pollution from power plants. New Jersey, once part of the effort, pulled out of...

July 1, 2015 Could Greek crisis really have been avoided if Britain had joined the euro?

Source: The Guardian

It seems bizarre when Europe’s leaders have finally started to acknowledge that the EU faces its greatest existential crisis since its foundation in 1957. But, at this fateful moment, those who supported British membership of the...

July 1, 2015 Build your office on a foundation of ethics

Source: Business Report

Ethical conduct in the workplace is of the utmost importance, and infusing a culture of moral sensitivity throughout an organisation is not just in line with the survival of society, it is also key to the survival of business,...

July 1, 2015 12 Energy Stocks The Richest Hedge Fund Billionaires Are Betting On Now

Source: Forbes

The fall of oil and gas prices has taken a toll on energy stocks, but top hedge fund billionaires don’t seem to be worried. As crude oil prices dropped 11.7% in 2015, energy stocks have become less expensive along the way. The...

July 1, 2015 Flooding, heatwaves forecast unless UK urgently tackles climate change

Source: RT

Britain must take more action to prepare for the effects of climate change and introduce more structured planning rather than focusing on mitigating the results of catastrophes, a new report has warned.

July 1, 2015 Voices: George Gay, on the Rise of Shareholder Activism

Source: Wall Street Journal

When it comes to socially responsible investing (SRI), investing in or divesting certain stocks is a good way for clients to express their values. But proxy voting and advocacy are far more impactful in their ability to effect...

June 30, 2015 The climate change disaster

The Express Tribune - The fifth Assessment Report of the UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, released earlier this year, had already warned of increasing intensity of heatwaves across South Asia, with...

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