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April 8, 2015 Are we reaching a positive climate change tipping point?

Source: The Guardian

Despite low oil prices, the latest figures reveal a striking turnaround in solar and wind power investment, but are we really about to win the carbon war?

April 8, 2015 Women and the Future of Investing

Source: Triple Pundit

Discerning the ways in which women interact with and affect the investment sector has in the past been challenging, as very few serious discussions delved deeply into the subject. The most prominent conversations have tended to...

April 7, 2015 The Corporate Governance Climate in 2015

Source: Huff Post

In the ever-changing and always dynamic world of corporate governance, it can be challenging to keep up with the trends and developments when not focused on these matters full-time. Post corporate implosions of the past 10 years...

April 7, 2015 The American people are clueless: Why income inequality is so much worse than we realize

Source: Salon

In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, “Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” The findings of three studies, published over...

April 7, 2015 This Is How America Really Feels About Climate Change: New Model Breaks It Down To The County Level

Source: IB Times

There have been plenty of reports and coverage about global warming, or climate change, but how do Americans really feel about the phenomenon? Researchers from Yale University and Utah State University created a model that...

April 7, 2015 From antibiotics to fossil fuels: the inconvenient truth about sustainability

Source: The Guardian

Humanity has spent the last century creating life-changing luxuries. Here’s why our next move should be learning how to wean ourselves off these wonders

April 6, 2015 Three Reasons Why John Kerry's Iran Deal Will Not Sink Oil Prices

Source: Forbes

Oil prices swooned on Thursday as John Kerry claimed a major breakthrough in talks with Iran. They later recovered a bit but markets remained unsettled. Will the deal sink oil prices? Probably not. Even if the Obama...

April 6, 2015 Badr Jafar: Corporate accountability leads to sustainability

Source: The National

Our world, including the region we live in, is undergoing an exciting transformation as the awareness of corporate responsibility gradually grows, in turn positively affecting the way in which we do business. While this is...

April 6, 2015 Disaster Is Inevitable When The Two Decade-Old Stock Bubble Bursts

Source: Forbes

Six years after the Global Financial Crisis, the U.S. stock market continues to soar to new heights with nary a pullback or correction. In this piece, I will explain why the stock market is experiencing a new bubble that is...

April 6, 2015 Why Are These 100 Companies The Best to Work For?

Source: Forbes

When you think about companies that trump others at employee satisfaction, some obvious suspects that spring to mind. But Fortune just released its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and you may be surprised.

April 6, 2015 Poll: Americans Starting to Worry About Climate Change Now That It Affects Their Lawns

Source: The New Yorker

SACRAMENTO – A new poll shows that Americans who were unconcerned about climate change as it wreaked havoc around the world are beginning to worry, now that global warming is affecting the appearance of their lawns.

April 6, 2015 It’s Not the Economy, It’s the Narrative, Stupid!

Source: Larry Checco, featured columnist

Ever ask yourself why low- and moderate-income voters would elect politicians who consistently work to reduce taxes on the wealthiest among us when those same politicians counterbalance the loss in tax revenues by slashing public...[more]

April 6, 2015 Scenes from a Sustainability Quest, from Leopard Skin Sales to Lionfish Sashimi

Source: NY Times Blog

One misperception people have is that because scientists are arguing, that means we don’t know anything. That’s actually not true at all. So the more you know about how science works, the less likely you are to fall into that...

April 6, 2015 Report: Sea level will rise - The draft also contains scenario-based global sea level rise projections, based on data from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî. The panelâs scenarios on low and high...

April 6, 2015 Leaders Win Trust When They Show a Bit of Humanity

BusinessMirror. - Trust in business leadership is at historic lows, according to surveys by Edelman and the îWorld Economic Forumî. One reason might be our tendency to think of leaders as either instrumental (pursuing...

April 5, 2015 Is Another Financial Crisis On the Way'

Reason - He was, however, a member of the largely misguided îFinancial Crisis Inquiry Commissionî of 2009-2010, and he dissented from that body's final report. Wallison's story of the run-up to the 2007 collapse...

April 3, 2015 Why China, US need to find common ground

Today - In 2002, for example, the CDF focused on the impact of Chinaâs accession to the îWorld Trade Organizationî, a precursor to a spectacular surge of export-led growth. In 2009, the emphasis was on...

April 2, 2015 China And The US: The AIIB Fiasco & America's Colossal Loss Of Face

Source: Forbes

It is very worrying for the world that American policy makers should be capable of making such outrageous errors, scoring own-goals, as the decision to play poker against China over the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)...

April 2, 2015 California Drought Is Worsened by Global Warming, Scientists Say - text/video

Source: NY Times

The severe California drought that has led the state to order cutbacks in water use may not have been set off by climate change, scientists say, but global warming is making the situation worse.

April 2, 2015 How To Reenergize The Hard-Hit Oil And Gas Industry

Source: Forbes

Here’s a piece of legislation the Republican Congress should pass pronto: end the decades old, misbegotten ban on the export of crude oil, as well as the stifling bureaucratic restrictions on the export of natural gas. Astounding...

April 2, 2015 Walmart Emerges as Unlikely Social Force

Source: NY Times

Walmart, which has deployed its financial might to squeeze extra gallons of gas out of its trucks and shave pennies off the price of laundry detergent, did something unexpected this week: It muscled its way into a divisive social...

April 2, 2015 How technology is taking conservation science to the next level

Source: The Guardian

Many of Para La Tierra’s biggest achievements have come thanks to the role technology now plays in the world of conservation. Our scientific projects, education programs and community outreach wouldn’t be possible without it. Our...

April 2, 2015 Why Many Middle-Class Households Are Outsaving the Wealthy

Source: Money

Many Americans are saving a lot—and, shocker, they’re folks in the middle class. Some 35% of households earning between $50,000 and $74,999 are putting away more than 10% of their incomes, including 14% who are saving more than...

April 1, 2015 Environment Maine releases new report on climate change - text/video

Source: WCSH - TV

Rain and snowfall is up 28 percent in New England since the 1970s, according to a new Environment Maine report. The environmental advocacy organization gathered on the Maine State Pier Tuesday to explain the report's findings,...

April 1, 2015 Something scary happened in the stock market, and what one analyst said about it was even scarier

Source: Business Insider

Late Tuesday in the US, or early Wednesday in the rest of the world, the bottom fell out of US stock market futures contracts. S&P 500 futures were down by as much as 1.3% at around 9:00 p.m. ET

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