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November 6, 2015 The Robots are Coming!….The Robots are Coming!

Source: Larry Checco

Forty-five years ago futurist Alvin Toffler, in his book “Future Shock.” wrote that many people would be incapable of keeping up emotionally with the rapid pace of change that he predicted was yet to come.[more]

November 5, 2015 How Walmart Became A Green Energy Giant, Using Other People's Money

Source: Forbes

Wal-Mart, long a bogeyman of the left, is making one of their long-held dreams a reality: affordable green energy deployed on an industrial scale.

November 3, 2015 Guardian Live: should we say yes to nuclear power?

Source: Guardian

Last month George Osborne backed a deal with China to build a £24bn nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The government claims the new plant will be relied on to deliver 7% of the UK’s electricity while providing a...

November 3, 2015 Getting Sustainability on the Agenda of Our Dysfunctional Federal Government

Source: Huff Post

Last week I participated in a very timely panel discussion at Columbia University on the impact of climate and the environment on the 2016 elections. The panel was moderated by Chuck Todd, the brilliant and politically savvy...

November 3, 2015 How America’s next president should deal with Washington’s dysfunction

Source: Fortune

In an unlikely last act of bipartisan governance, Speaker of the House John Boehner worked with the White House to strike a budget deal last week. While his successor played “good cop” to the Tea Party caucus, the compromise...

November 3, 2015 Don't Be Scared of Frankenfoods

Teen Ink - With that out of the way, let's do some science. Gregory Jaffe's article Straight Talk on Genetically Engineered Foods, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI, summarizes how genetic...

November 3, 2015 Australia must step up on emission cuts to rejoin world's enlightened countries

Sydney Morning Herald - The many economic studies reviewed by the î??Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî?? put it clearly: the cost of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees would reduce global economic...

November 3, 2015 Unearthing The Fossil Fuels In Mutual Funds

Financial Advisor Magazine - If you're into green investing, do you really know what's in your portfolio' Andrew Behar, the CEO of As You Sow, an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit that works with shareholders to promote corporate...

November 3, 2015 What success at the Paris climate conference could look like

Daily Kos - Even without federal policies that offer generous tax breaks for clean energy, the United States is poised for a revolution "when solar becomes that technology of choice," explained Bloomberg New Energy Finance...

November 2, 2015 Forget socially responsible; this fund cashes in on sin

Source: CNBC

Socially responsible investing has become one of the hottest trends in finance, with trillions of dollars flowing into ethically aware funds. But on the other side of the coin lies the Barrier Fund — formerly known as the Vice...

November 2, 2015 Differences Between Positive and Normative Accounting

Source: The Motley Fool

Accounting is the language of finance, giving managers and investors a standardized system to present the finances of a company in a way that is transparent, consistent, and informative. All of the different accounting rules are...

November 2, 2015 Speaking Sustainably -Could patriotism motivate Americans to use less energy?

Source: Greenbiz

Several years ago, back when we were still fighting a war in Iraq and we were all very tense about that, we tested some messaging around national security as a reason to make one’s home more energy efficient.

November 1, 2015 Impact investing must be more than a buzzword

Financial Times - We are not just comparing apples and oranges, but the whole fruit salad. Index providers such as MSCI, governance consultants such as Sustainalytics, agencies such as the World Bank and start-ups such as B Labs...

November 1, 2015 Board Participation in Cybersecurity: What More Needs to Be Done' - Companies should implement security frameworks. Security frameworks, such as ISO 27001 and the U.S. î??National Institute of Standards and Technologyî?? Cybersecurity Framework, can be used to mitigate...

October 30, 2015 Science, History, and Real-World Use Support Safety of Reusable Packaging

Source: Food Safety News

Reusable containers for the transport packaging of food have been used around the world for generations. Billions of reusable packaging products are used each year in North America alone to safely transport fresh and nutritious...

October 30, 2015 Op-Ed 'Desperate environmentalism' won't save the environment

Source: LA Times

If desperate environmentalists continue to give up ground in pursuit of unattainable compromise, they will be left with nothing to offer but their opponents' vision of the world

October 28, 2015 Ben Bernanke Identifies The Global Economy's Largest Problem: Bankers' Short Term Memories

Source: Forbes

I’m not sure that I actually agree with this identification of the global economy’s largest problem by Ben Bernanke. The pointing to it as “a” problem in the short to medium term, yes, that I’ll go along with. But I’m afraid that...

October 28, 2015 Fed has created 'a fear environment': Economist

Source: CNBC

As the market awaits the first U.S. interest rate hike in more than nine years, participants should put aside the notion that the Federal Reserve knows something the Street doesn't, experts told CNBC ahead of a two-day meeting of...

October 28, 2015 5 Things You Can Do To Drive Corporate Culture

Source: Forbes

Tech companies may get all the attention for creating engaging and collaborative workspaces and strong corporate cultures, but the truth is that employee engagement benefits businesses in any industry. Enerplus, a medium-sized...

October 28, 2015 Are MBAs to blame for VW and other business ethics fiascos?

Source: Fortune

Revelations over egregious behavior by corporate leaders, including at VW, have prompted fresh criticism of MBA students and business school ethics. But is it merited?

October 27, 2015 REI Shocks Retail World By Closing For Black Friday, Paying 12,000 Employees to 'Opt Outside'

Source: Forbes

REI, the Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, announced today that it is going to close for Black Friday (you read that right) and pay its 12,000 employees to go out and play. REI is also encouraging other...

October 27, 2015 7 questions that will shape the future of sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

It’s a challenge for everyone: Where should I focus my effort? What’s worth trying now, and what do I need to prepare for? To answer these questions, you need to be scanning what’s changing in the world.

October 27, 2015 There Are Going to Be Some Major Debates Inside the Fed This Week

Source: Bloomberg

We probably won't learn anything new at the conclusion of this week's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, but that doesn't mean policymakers at the central bank won't have lots to debate among themselves.

October 27, 2015 The Time To Start Reforming Our Tax Code Is Now

Source: Forbes

Congress has a number of urgent items to consider in the next few months – how to deal with the debt limit, how to fund the government, and how to fund our highway programs. For the sake of U.S. businesses and workers, there’s...

October 26, 2015 The value in sustainability: Juan Costa

Source: Live Mint

Juan Costa, a former minister with the government of Spain, has been working with consulting firm EY since 2010 as the global leader of climate change and sustainability services. Costa was in New Delhi recently and talked about...

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