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March 12, 2014 New York Times: California Drought Not from Global Warming

Breitbart News - On Sunday, The New York Times ran an opinion piece stating that the terrible ... Recent long-term droughts in western North America cannot definitively be shown to lie outside the very large envelope of natural...

March 12, 2014 How to Move ESG from Philosophy to Alpha Generator

Source: Enterprising Investor

Many investors are privately more fervent proponents of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) philosophy than they are in public. Conventional wisdom holds that the investment pro’s job is to make investors money, and...

March 12, 2014 Should Mt. Gox Be Bailed Out?

Source: Verdict

At the end of February 2014, headlines around the globe caused a panic in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world. The largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, was reporting a loss of nearly 750,000 Bitcoins currency units (referred to as...

March 11, 2014 What's going on with global warming and Antarctica's growing sea ice?

Source: The Guardian

As every good climate science denialist knows, the fact that there's a bit more sea ice in Antarctica is proof enough that global warming is probably a load of old Ade?lie penguin poo.So when a ship carrying climate scientists on...

March 11, 2014 I was a corporate spy who learned tough lessons about business ethics

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal

Huddled with seven colleagues in a dimly lit hotel room in Morgantown, W.V., and bleary-eyed from days of reviewing thousands of pages of documents, a clandestine plan was being hatched that I now regret.

March 10, 2014 Sustainability vs. the growth conundrum

Source: GreenBiz

John R. Ehrenfeld, author of "Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability," contends that the world is more unsustainable now than in 1972 in spite of the sustainability programs of firms worldwide. In his recent post,...

March 7, 2014 Wendell Berry: 'for Americans to talk about sustainability is a bit of a joke'

Source: The Guardian

Wendell Berry wrote about and practiced “sustainable agriculture” long before the term was widely used. His 1977 book, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, in which he argued against industrial agriculture and for...

March 7, 2014 Global warming is a misleading term because it actually sounds quite nice

Source: The Guardian

What does the phrase anthropogenic forcing mean to you? Or a carbon bubble – would you be more likely to find one in your bath or in your pension fund? Is the greenhouse effect a better way to grow tomatoes? And what is the...

March 7, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A view from Europe on corporate accountability

Source: Reuters

It is no exaggeration to say that, in one way or another, all multinational corporations (MNCs) are struggling to make sense out of the patchwork of laws and regulations among the various countries in which they operate. The...

March 7, 2014 Coming to America: social impact bonds finally make headway

Source: The Guardian

Just over three years ago, a novel approach to use private dollars to improve public social programs and save taxpayer money in the United Kingdom prompted this question: Could the same model work in the United States?

March 6, 2014 An Obama Advisor Is Attacking Me for Testifying That Climate Change Hasn't Increased Extreme Weather

New Republic - Last Friday, the White House posted on its website a six-page criticism of me by the presidentâs science advisor, John Holdren, expanding on testimony he had given to Congress last week claiming that my views...

March 6, 2014 U.S. Trade Deals From the 90's Set Up China As a Pollution Haven

Inside Climate News - China's plans to build remote industrial coal complexes to power its economy are putting the country on a trajectory to wipe out global gains in tackling climate change, scientists fear. But other ......

March 6, 2014 Why Corporate Social Responsibility is Important Today

Source: Business2Community

corporation’s public image is at the mercy of it’s social responsibility programs. According to a study by Cone Communications, 9 out of 10 consumers would refrain from doing business with a corporation if there existed no...

March 6, 2014 The World's Best Sustainability Ideas

Source: Forbes

Based in London, Katerva is the brainchilid of Terry Waghorn, an author and former consultant at KPMG who wanted to find a way to bolster efforts of both non-profits and for-profit businesses trying to come up with sustainable...

March 6, 2014 Icahn's rebrand from devil to angel looks suspicious

Source: SF Gate

I first encountered Carl Icahn at an airport in St. Louis in the spring of 2001. Or more accurately, I first encountered how much people hated him. At the time, the once-venerable airline TWA had successfully filed a bankruptcy...

March 5, 2014 We Are Not Prepared For Climate Change

Talk Radio News Service - Chris Field, a co-chair of the working group drafting the IPCC report, said that we are simply not ready for the extreme weather we will experience. He said, âI think if you look around the world...

March 5, 2014 Seven reasons for any business to become socially responsible

Source: CIOL

SOFIA, BULGARIA: Towards the end of 2013 visitors to 60K's offices in Sofia, Bulgaria, were greeted not by the formal, blandness they might have expected from a business process outsourcer, but by a colourful Christmas bazaar...

March 4, 2014 Water partnership programs and watershed responsibilities: Interview with Coke's Jeff Seabright

Eco-business - This feature news is part of Singapore International Water Weekâs (SIWW) series of one-on-one interviews with global water industry leaders, Conversations with Water Leaders. In this edition, Jeff Seabright,...

February 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - Unwired

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

It’s got to stop. Warren Buffett said so. Until the Wall Street Journal’s Scott Patterson broke the story recently, most investor-relations professionals were unaware that Berkshire Hathaway unit Business Wire took fees from...[more]

February 26, 2014 World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events

Source: The Guardian

There have been heatwaves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have...

February 25, 2014 Let's Be Very Clear Mr. Kerry: No Scientific Evidence Of 'Dangerous' Human Climate Influence Exists

Forbes - Kerry told the audience: "We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to ... including fossil burning, are having a dangerous (or even measurable) influence on climate...

February 25, 2014 What's On Warren Buffett's Mind?

Source: Barron's

Both Fortune and U.S.A. Today have articles that share the latest investment thinking of Warren Buffett, America's most famous investor. The Fortune article is getting most of the buzz because Buffett wrote it himself: it's...

February 24, 2014 BLOOMBERG VIEW: Fracking doesn't have to leave us parched

Source: Sun Herald

Among the environmental worries posed by hydraulic fracturing, including the release of methane into the air and contamination of groundwater, one has recently escalated: the concern that the enormous quantities of water used in...

February 24, 2014 How Can Asia Protect Its Water Resources? - Editorial

Source: Asian Scientist

Asia’s economic growth has been one of the success stories of the 21st century. But the economic rise of countries such as China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia has created serious pressure on their environmental resources,...

February 23, 2014 "Intimidation": The Wall Street Journal Attacks Shareholder Activism

Media Matters - In 2011, average support for transparency policies increased from 30 percent to 33 percent, and eight resolutions got more than 40 percent of the shareholder vote, according to the îSustainable Investments...

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