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February 3, 2015 Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

Source: National Geographic

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.

February 2, 2015 U.S. investors more interested in socially responsible funds

Source: Reuters

U.S. mutual funds that invest in companies they view as socially responsible are posting better returns, spurring advisers to pitch them to their clients. Managers for these funds, known sometimes as "sustainable, responsible...

February 2, 2015 Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can't Stop Renewables Now

Source: Bloomberg

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch.

February 2, 2015 2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record - 135 Years in 20 secs,

Source: Bloomberg

Deny this. The animation below shows the Earth’s warming climate, recorded in monthly measurements from land and sea over 135 years. Temperatures are displayed in degrees above or below the 20th-century average. Thirteen of the...

February 2, 2015 New study says Great Barrier Reef could be dead by end of century

Asian Correspondent - Scientists under the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) have agreed a limit of 2C if the earth is to avert catastrophe. CSIROâs principal scientist, Kevin Hennessy, said the...

January 30, 2015 Study: Climate change to bring more nasty La Ninas

Source: USA Today

Extreme La Niñas could become more frequent because of global warming, according to a study out this week in the British journal Nature Climate Change.

January 30, 2015 How to leave a mark through investing

Source: The Astorian

Impact investing is not going to replace government or be a panacea, but it’s one of a number of new tools to address social problems. If you want to leave a mark on the world but are unsure of how to do it, I’d say take a look....

January 30, 2015 Inequality should be at the forefront of a debate on the minimum wage

Source: The Guardian

The release of the Productivity Commission’s issues papers into the workplace relations framework is set to reignite the industrial relations (IR) debate. And given the minimum wage looks to be in the commissions’ firing line,...

January 29, 2015 Unsavory: The Problem With Angry Vegans Who Push and Preach Their Ideals

Alter Net - Like îMichael Pollanî, I agree that people should aim to âEat food, not too much, mostly plants,â because this is ideal for human and habitat health. But letâs get real. We live in a...

January 29, 2015 "US Corporate Governance: Boards of Directors Remain Under the Microscope"

Source: JDSupra Business Advisor

For a number of years, the message for directors of U.S. public companies has been that their decisions face greater and greater scrutiny. While some of this enhanced scrutiny has come from federal and state governments,...

January 29, 2015 Best ways to profit from beaten-down energy stocks

Source: CNBC

An investor could drive themselves to the point of paralysis trying to figure out the exact moment for an opportunistic energy stock investment. One day the oil prices are back up 5 percent—signaling a "bottom" has been...

January 29, 2015 British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds

Source: The Guardian

Britons are more likely to agree the climate is changing than at any time in recent years, with nearly nine in 10 people saying climate change is happening and 84% attributing this somewhat or entirely to human activity, new...

January 29, 2015 Why It's So Hard for McDonald's to Change

Source: Bloomberg Business

McDonald's is an industrial wonder. It's the biggest restaurant chain in the world, measured by sales, with some 14,000 locations in the U.S. and 36,000 globally. That's the problem. Executives proudly refer to "the system,"...

January 29, 2015 Does Globalization Cause War?

Source: The World Post

The argument that globalization does not necessarily lead to peace is a pretty easy one to make, the usual example being that German-British trade was going brilliantly right up to World War I. Arguing that globalization leads to...

January 29, 2015 Climate models don't over-predict warming, Nature study shows

The Age - The researchers chose the 15- and 62-year intervals because they are the durations referenced most often by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, which focuses particularly on accelerated warming...

January 28, 2015 Making a profit and being socially responsible gains steam with investors: David Brooks

Source: Mass Live

The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening...

January 28, 2015 Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy Role

Source: Forbes

A few years ago, President Obama outlined an “all-the-above” energy strategy. These days, his strategy seems to be “do no harm.” The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while...

January 28, 2015 Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse

Source: Wired

Manhattan may have gotten the wimpy end of Juno, but the storm chin-checked New England. Boston is buried in snow. Hurricane-force winds buffeted Nantucket. The storm surge may have permanently altered shorelines from New Haven,...

January 28, 2015 Are Business Ethics at a Low Ebb?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

"Our moral imagination will increase as distance decreases." In other words, the more technologically connected and closer people become, the more important values and principled behavior become.

January 27, 2015 Why businesses should support the EPA's pollution rules

theguardian.com - As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, îsustainabilityî advocate îCeresî sets its sights on getting corporations to support proposed US power plant rules Coal fired plants, such as this...

January 27, 2015 How Fracking Contributes To Oil Glut, Cheap Fuel For You And Me

Source: Forbes

For the average consumer, the plummeting price of oil is very good news. Renting cars of varying shapes and sizes on visits to the U.S., I think about the price for a tank of gas almost as much as the cops lying in wait for...

January 27, 2015 Greek Election Reflects a Deep Divide in Europe

Source: NY Times

BRUSSELS — The Greek election not only strengthened opponents of austerity, it also highlighted a fundamental tension at the heart of Europe’s six-decade-long push to forge a closer union of democratic states: what to do when...

January 26, 2015 9 reasons not to be depressed about the planet

Evironmental Expert - These capital market breakthroughs are in line with what îCeresî has been working on since launching 25 years ago and will help catalyze îsustainabilityî across entire industries and...

January 26, 2015 Nick Stern Is Wrong; Climate Change Is Not The Largest Market Failure The World Has Ever Seen

Source: Forbes

The takeaway line from the Stern Review, Sir Nicholas Stern’s (now Lord Stern) investigation into climate change and what, if anything , we might do about it, is that climate change is the largest market failure the world has...

January 26, 2015 Is Davos just an excuse for the 1% to have a bonding session?

Source: The Guardian

Committed to improving the state of the world. That’s the motto of the World Economic Forum, which wraps up in Davos tomorrow with the rich and powerful pondering whether to listen to Mark Carney’s views about the global economy...

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