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September 16, 2015 The Case Against Raising Interest Rates

Source: Huff Post

The case against raising rates now is fairly simple: Inflation is below the target, and while unemployment keeps dropping, wages aren’t increasing significantly. Meanwhile, the Chinese economy’s increasingly stuttering transition...

September 15, 2015 CEO Pay Isn't All That Out of Whack If You Look at Real Data

Source: Entrepreneur

CEO pay is not the problem. If anything, executives, with some exception, are paid exactly what they're worth.

September 15, 2015 California's Sierra Nevada snowpack is the lowest in 500 years

Source: USA Today

The snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains this year has fallen to its lowest level in at least the past 500 years, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed British journal.

September 14, 2015 Women-focused funds make money, create controversy

Source: Chicago Tribune

The basic argument, backed up by research, is that companies with a relatively high percentage of women in power perform better than those dominated by men. Traditionalists may scoff, but many of the half-dozen or so...

September 14, 2015 True Sustainability Means Circularity


Four decades have passed since mankind walked on the moon. This triumphant event marked the first time humans could gaze back at their world. Our round, blue and white planet floating in black space enabled humanity to see the...

September 14, 2015 Welcome to the next generation of sustainable development

Source: GreenBiz

The year 2015 is shaping up as one of the most consequential years for environmental/sustainability policy in our lifetimes. In May, the Vatican published the Papal encyclical Laudato Si, a moral reference point for examining...

September 14, 2015 Why China Is at Critical Growth Juncture

Source: Barron's

Downside growth risks are intensifying. Consumption is being hampered by the stock market meltdown. Investment is plagued by severe overcapacity. Exports are negatively impacted by the persistent strength of the real effective...

September 14, 2015 3 Key Strategies for Implementing Environmental Sustainability

Source: Linkedin

Integrating environmental concerns in the daily operations of an organization is not an easy task. Sometimes companies show their environmental management results in “Sustainability Reports”, which any regular citizen can easily...

September 14, 2015 Fed to hike? The problem is, it might not matter

Source: CNBC

The Federal Reserve may or may not elect to raise its target on the federal funds rate when it meets on Thursday. Yet either way, the much-anticipated decision is unlikely to have nearly as great an impact on the economy as it...

September 14, 2015 Four Graphics That Should Change Our Energy-Environment Discussion

Source: Forbes

Nothing irks me more in my career than rich Westerners seeking to limit or block the coal, oil, and natural gas that we devour from poor people. It’s the height of hypocrisy, dangerous, and simply isn’t tractionable. And as the...

September 10, 2015 What Does Aristotle Have to do With Business Ethics?

Source: WSJ

Paul J. Voss, an associate professor at Georgia State University and the president of Ethikos, a company that provides ethics and leadership training, talks about what it means to act ethically in business and what history can...

September 10, 2015 Tackle climate change or face resource wars, Lord Ashdown warns

Source: The Guardian

The former leader of one of the UK’s main political parties says the world will undergo more resource wars and huge movements of desperate people unless it tackles climate change effectively.

September 10, 2015 Will the Paris climate talks hit it out of the park or be a planetary strike-out' (Opinion)

The Christian Science Monitor - it was a decent treaty given the way the world looked in the mid-1990s and what we knew about climate change through the fist two sets of reports by the î??Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

September 10, 2015 Seven Reasons the Fed Won't Raise Rates Next Week: Deutsche Bank

Source: Bloomberg

Joseph LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank AG’s chief U.S. economist, has had a change of heart about the Federal Reserve. In a report Wednesday, he pushed out his forecast for the Fed’s first interest-rate increase in nearly a decade until...

September 9, 2015 What Oscar Munoz Must Do In His First 100-Days As CEO Of Scandal-ridden United Airlines

Source: Forbes

Oscar Munoz’ onboarding into the CEO role at United is a prototypical hot landing. He’s under fire from the press about the scandal that forced his predecessor to resign, from shareholders unhappy about investment lagging rivals’...

September 9, 2015 Surviving a Business Ethics Crisis

Source: Huff Post

As a life-long ethics consultant, I have been in the middle of many ethics crises. You don't hire an ethics consultant if everything is hunky dory. I have learned that ethics crises are different, and often more severe, than...

September 9, 2015 3 reasons to still worry about stocks

Source: USA Today

The Dow Jones industrial average enjoyed a strong rally Tuesday which added 2.4% and took it to 16,492.68. But the repair has a long way to go and the destruction has left serious marks the bulls still cannot explain away, says...

September 8, 2015 How A Carbon Tax Can Win Bipartisan Support

Source: Triple Pundit

The advocacy group Carbon Washington is attempting to add a carbon tax to the 2016 Washington state ballot. The initiative would tax fossil fuels at $25 per metric ton of carbon dioxide. That’s 25 cents per gallon of gas (3.78...

September 8, 2015 How the New Extreme Hurricane Situation Fuels Our Obsession with Disruptive Weather

Alter Net - Last year, the î??Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî?? (IPCC), the U.N.'s climate arm, reported that scientists are more than 95 percent certain that the primary cause of global warming is human...

September 8, 2015 Should You Consider Socially Responsible Investing?

Source: Pulse

Historically, socially responsible investing in the United States dates back to the 1750’s when Philadelphia Quakers prohibited members from buying or selling human beings. But its popularity surged in the 1970’s to show...

September 4, 2015 What Do Supply Chain Executives Need to Know About Sustainability?

Source: Forbes

according to the Governance and Accountability Institute, 72 percent of the companies included in The S&P 500 Index publish sustainability reports, up from just under 20 percent in 2011. There appears to be some difference...

September 4, 2015 The Stock Market Versus the Economy

Source: Huff Post

The Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all joined in, taking investors on a wild ride but rebounding to close slightly up for the week. Following successive daily drops of 587 and 206 points, the Dow rose 619 points and 369 points in the...

September 3, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance

Source: Reuters

The extent to which cities are making natural infrastructure an integral part of their water management plans is new, says Katie Arkema, senior scientist at the Natural Capital Project, an early proponent of resilient...

September 3, 2015 You can make solid investments that feel good, too

Source: CNBC

SRI has caught on broadly in recent years and now accounts for nearly one-fifth of the money under professional management. In the U.S., it is estimated that there is more than $7 trillion in SRI-linked investments. This number...

September 3, 2015 IMF: China slowdown threatens global outlook

Source: MarketWatch

Ian Talley WASHINGTON--China's slowdown and a host of other downside risks threaten to push the global economy into much deeper trouble without concerted action by the world's largest economies, the International...

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