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June 29, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Five warning signals for Finance

Source: Reuters

Finance needs to re-establish its role in serving the needs of an inclusive, sustainable economy. Policy and regulatory interventions following the financial crisis can help, by improving oversight and reducing dangerous levels...

June 29, 2015 Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

Source: Mother Jones

Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural...

June 29, 2015 The euro is an experiment in making a currency without a government. That’s why it’s in trouble.

Source: Washington Post

The European Union appears to be on the brink of an unprecedented rupture. After months of meetings between the 19 E.U. states that use the euro, Greece broke off talks ahead of a June 30 deadline for continued financing of their...

June 26, 2015 The Increasing Power of Institutional Investors

Source: Wall Street Journal

The global capital markets have become enormous–over $350 trillion. The world’s 50 largest asset managers have more than $40 trillion under management. The 10 largest private-equity firms raised almost $200 billion of new equity...

June 25, 2015 Thinking beyond a global carbon price

Source: The Economist

LAST month the G7 heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to stabilising global temperature rise at no more than 2°C above preindustrial levels. That in itself was not new: the 2°C goal was formally adopted in 2010 by the 195...

June 25, 2015 UK corporate governance requires a cultural revolution

Source: Financial Director

JUSTIN KING says "nothing moves a business in a direction as powerfully as corporate culture". It is the challenge of directors and management to ensure that it moves it in the right direction.

June 25, 2015 California Is Running On Empty

Source: NewsWeek

A 40 million person California is an iffy place. It is entirely dependent on a sophisticated, man-created infrastructure of dams, reservoirs, canals, pumps, freeways, rail lines, airports and schools and universities.

June 23, 2015 L'Oreal sustainability chief: Transparency is no stunt

Source: Greenbiz

If you think companies have a tough time proving their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices where you live, try going to France, where, according to L'Oreal's chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt, all...

June 23, 2015 Shrink Obamacare's Costs By Removing Rule Driving Up Young People's Premiums

Source: Forbes

The Supreme Court will soon decide King v. Burwell, the case that will determine whether tax credits being paid in at least 34 states without their own exchanges are legal. If the Supreme Court makes the administration follow the...

June 23, 2015 World has 10 years to combat climate change, prevent health catastrophe – scientists

Source: RT

Society has 10 years to tackle climate change or humanity could lose 50 years of progress in global health, a major new report claims. However the study also said that tackling global warming provides society with the greatest...

June 22, 2015 Five horsemen of the euro’s future

Source: Politico

A so-called “five presidents’ report” obtained by POLITICO includes calls for a eurozone finance minister and stricter controls over the budgets of the 19 countries, including Greece, that use the single currency.

June 22, 2015 The six-year pandemic panic syndrome

The bad news is that almost certainly in the next 20 years or so, we are likely to be smitten by a pandemic that does serious harm to lots of us around the world.

June 22, 2015 EDITORIAL: Consumers have right to know where their food comes from

Big News Network - Itâs often right on the label.Foreign growers and packers, not so much. Sometimes they donât want the shopper to know where it comes from. This week the îWorld Trade Organizationî is >...

June 22, 2015 Studies Show that Global Warming May Not Affect Higher Winter Death Rates

Source: Pioneer News

On our planet, winter is a harsh season. Many species struggle during the unforgiving conditions, and humans are no different. And it might seem that the plus side of this is that global warming would mean the winters aren’t so...

June 22, 2015 Eurozone officials optimistic of Greece deal at emergency summit

Source: ft.com

Eurozone officials have expressed optimism that Greece can strike a deal with the region’s heads of government at an emergency summit on Monday evening after Athens submitted fresh proposals to bailout creditors to secure €7.2bn...

June 19, 2015 Op Ed -Climate Change and Moral Responsibility

Source: NY Times

On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet will publish a landmark report highlighting the inalienable and undeniable link between climate change and human health. We warmly welcome the report’s message of hope, which...

June 19, 2015 Changes in public policy could put a lid on executives’ excessive pay packages

Source: Seattle Times

Most commentary about exorbitant executive compensation tends to fit accepted niches. Three overarching factors caused the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of 20-to-1 in 1965 and 30-to-1 in 1978 to skyrocket to 296-to-1 in 2013.

June 19, 2015 The Pope’s Green Theology

Source: Wall Street Journal

Let’s cut to the chase: Much of what is in Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental stewardship, Laudato Si’, poses a major challenge for free-market advocates, those of us who believe that capitalism is a powerful force for...

June 19, 2015 Demote Hamilton on the $10 Bill? Not So Fast, Treasury

Source: NY Times

The Treasury Department has announced that it intends to redesign the $10 bill and substitute a portrait of a famous American woman for Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers. Many people think it’s about time a woman...

June 18, 2015 Double Duty Dollars: Behind The Crazy Idea That Investors Can Make Money And Change The World At The Same Time

Source: Forbes

In 2001, after 29 years cultivating Napa’s Silver Oak Cellars and its iconic cabernet sauvignon, Justin and Bonny Meyer sold their 50% stake to partner Ray Duncan for $110 million. With Justin’s health iffy, they hoped it would...

June 18, 2015 Taking the ESG Process From Chaos to Clarity

Source: Forbes

As Global Head of Research for MSCI ESG Research, Linda-Eling Lee oversees all ESG-related content and methodology and chairs MSCI ESG Research’s Ratings Review Committee. She leads one of the largest teams of research analysts...

June 18, 2015 10 ways to make your business more profitable by being socially responsible

businessinsider.com.au - We partnered with Walmart as founding members to establish the îSustainable Apparel Coalitionî, which should dispel any barrier excuses. The focus of the îSustainable Apparel...

June 18, 2015 Does It Really Matter Exactly When the Fed Raises Rates?

Source: NY Times

If there’s one message that Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chairwoman, tried to hammer home in her news conference on Wednesday, it is this: Don’t make so much effort to discern the precise timing of the Fed’s decision to raise...

June 18, 2015 Market Structure Map - The Escalator

Source: Tim Quast , president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

As the US investor-relations profession’s annual confabulation concludes in the Windy City, we wonder how the week will end. The problem is risk. Or rather, the cost of transferring it to somebody else. Today the Federal...[more]

June 17, 2015 World losing battle against terror, climate change & cyberattacks: Albright

Source: USA Today

As the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary later this year, there is mounting evidence that the international community is losing the fight against the most pressing security and justice challenges of our time. From Syria...

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