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August 11, 2015 The Real Reasons Google Will Become Alphabet

Source: Forbes

Google just renamed itself Alphabet, creating a holding company that includes the search company (Google) and a bunch of others that no one could figure out why it was doing

August 11, 2015 The Toshiba Corporate Governance Scandal: How Can Japanese Corporate Governance be Fixed?

Source: Jurist

A third-party investigative report released on July 20, 2015, found that Toshiba Corporation had padded its profits by $1.2 billion (1.5 billion yen) over the past six years.

August 10, 2015 World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

Source: The Guardian

It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as...

August 10, 2015 Think the world’s getting worse? Think again, says economist

Source: Reuters

Turn on the news or listen to doom-mongers in politics and the media, and you could be forgiven for thinking the world is a more violent and unequal place than ever, but according to economist Max Roser, we’ve never had it so...

August 10, 2015 The Perilous Morality of Climate Change

The Huffington Post - A quick perusal of the summary of the most recent îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) Report, the definitive scientific body on the topic, lays out where we are and what that...

August 10, 2015 The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

Source: Rolling Stone

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington...

August 7, 2015 The Climate Change ‘Tipping Point’: How Should Businesses React?

Source: Knowledge @ Wharton

A new study by James Hansen, perhaps the world’s foremost climate scientist, and 16 co-authors suggests that ice shelves and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica may be melting 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates...

August 7, 2015 Labour(UK) has treated the environment as an afterthought – that needs to change

Source: The Guardian

Labour didn’t do enough to communicate our policies on the environment in the last Parliament. We failed to capitalise on commitments we had made to protect nature and decarbonise the UK economy. We needlessly gave the Green...

August 7, 2015 The big flaw in the SEC’s CEO pay-ratio rule

Source: Fortune

The U.S. government's new rule is a good idea, but the formula is flawed. Five years after it became law, the Securities and Exchange Commission has finally adopted a rule requiring public companies to disclose their CEO's pay as...

August 7, 2015 The Shale Patch Faces Reality

Source: Bloomberg

Not long ago the oil industry looked like it had dodged a bullet. After the worst bust in a generation cut crude prices from $100 a barrel last summer to $43 in March, the oil market rallied. By June, prices were up 40 percent,...

August 6, 2015 10 tips for the next sustainability leaders

Source: GreenBiz

Having worked with both M&S and Kingfisher, Richard Gillies could be described as one of the UK's most successful sustainability leaders. Recently short-listed for a 2degrees Award, I had the chance to quiz him about the top 10...

August 6, 2015 Do you know which candidates your company is funding?

Source: Fortune

If you don’t, you’re certainly not alone. Corporations will open their checkbooks to candidates across the political spectrum for the 2016 elections. And shareholders are not thrilled.

August 6, 2015 U.S. Emissions Rules Give Paris Climate Change Talks a Boost

Source: World Politics Review

On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. The new regulations, a tweak to initial rules that had been released in June 2014, are meant to...

August 6, 2015 Should business leaders speak out more on climate change?

Source: The Guardian

Catch up on all the highlights from our live debate on the role of business in vocalising the environmental agenda

August 6, 2015 With Puerto Rico bond risk, look here: Expert

Source: CNBC

As Puerto Rican debt grows even riskier, investors looking for high yield should seek out individual projects or sectors, a top municipal bond analyst said Wednesday

August 6, 2015 A Love Letter to New York City’s Vanishing Mom-and-Pops

Source: New Yorker

Analogue,” Zoe Leonard’s epic yet intimate sequence of photographs, now installed in MOMA’s atrium, is a story of two vanishing worlds. The first is the mom-and-pop commerce of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, now...

August 6, 2015 Why Netflix’s unlimited parental leave is likely a bad idea for your company

Source: Washington Post

In the race to load up tech industry employees with generous perks, Netflix just made a quantum leap ahead of most everyone else. Late Tuesday afternoon, the company announced in a blog post that it was introducing an unlimited...

August 5, 2015 BofA Governance Worst Since Pre-Crisis Citigroup, Mayo Says

Source: Bloomberg

Bank of America Corp., which overruled a shareholder vote mandating an independent chairman, has the worst corporate governance of any big bank since Citigroup Inc. before the financial crisis, CLSA Ltd. analyst Mike Mayo said.

August 5, 2015 The Winners And Losers Of Free Market Capitalism

Source: Forbes

Everyone knows there are winners and losers when capitalism is functioning at its best. Capitalist hardliners say that “the winners are those who are honest, industrious, thoughtful, prudent, frugal, responsible, disciplined and...

August 5, 2015 Anti-Golden Rice Activists Want To 'Save The Whales' But Let Children Go Blind

Source: Forbes

A 2012 article in the nutrition literature might have been the most momentous contribution to public health worldwide since Dr. Jonas Salk’s announcement of the successful trials of polio vaccine. The operative phrase is might...

August 5, 2015 Climate change could give San Francisco the climate of San Diego, scientists say

Source: Washington Post

Having the best climate is a bold boast, and the sign got climate scientist Ken Caldeira of Stanford University’s Carnegie Institute of Science thinking about how he might test the town’s claim to fame. His research, published...

August 5, 2015 Can't we just remove carbon dioxide from the air to fix climate change? Not yet


The possible "carbon removal" techniques are very diverse. They include growing trees on land or algae in the sea and capturing and burying some of the carbon they have taken from the atmosphere.

August 4, 2015 Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate

Source: The Guardian

The world enters ecological ‘overshoot’ this year on 13 August, six days earlier than last year. All the world’s production and consumption for the rest of the year, this suggests, then runs up an environmental deficit beyond...

August 4, 2015 Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Source: Northeastern University

America’s offshore wind industry is starting to grow. According to The Economist, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued nine commercial offshore wind leases to companies all along the eastern seaboard, the turbines for...

August 4, 2015 A Win for Sustainability: ALA’s resolution is an important start | Editorial

Source: Library Journal

The American Library Association (ALA) took a crucial step when it passed the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries at the association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Now we as a profession face the complex...

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