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May 19, 2014 How Smart Girls Get On Corporate Boards

Source: FORBES

For women who aspire to serve on a corporate board, sisterhood was alive and well in New York last week. Two headhunters who vet executives for these cushy spots occupied center stage at a Tuesday lunchtime program hosted by The...

May 15, 2014 Capitalism Saves the Environment Better Than the Government

Source: PJ Media

Many free-market naysayers often falsely claim that capitalism causes massive pollution, deforestation, and other environmental disasters as part of their rationale for regulating businesses. To the contrary, environmental safety...

May 14, 2014 Q&A with Rob Boogaard, acting president and chief executive officer, Interface (EMEA)

Source: Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit

Twenty years ago, Interface’s founder Ray Anderson committed his carpet tile company to produce ‘less is more’. Ahead of the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit, we ask its current EMEA CEO what role innovation...[more]

May 13, 2014 U.S. Is No. 1, China Is So Yesterday

Source: Bloomberg View

A decade ago, the fabled Goldman Sachs report “Dreaming With BRICs” predicted that China’s gross domestic product would overtake the U.S.'s sometime in the 2020s. The World Bank study released last month was the hype to end all...

May 13, 2014 Boycotting coal stocks isn't the way to fight global warming

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Stanford University is banishing coal stocks from its $18.7 billion endowment, but the mining industry is unlikely to feel much pain. Any shares Stanford sells will find plenty of willing buyers. If the stock price falls a...

May 13, 2014 Alarming Predictions In White House Climate Change Report

Source: Just Means

Flooded railway lines, forest fires, hurricanes and storms are some of the alarming predictions in a draft of a White House climate change report that released last week. The report is part of the President’s broader second-term...

May 13, 2014 Why businesses should put sustainability at the heart of decision-making

Source: Eco Business

Environmental think tank World Resources Institute (WRI) buttresses its lyrical-sounding mission - “to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations...

May 12, 2014 Q&A: Bacardi Limited - Stuart Lowthian & Dave Howson

Source: Ethical Corporation

Ahead of the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit 2014, Bacardi Limited’s global technical director, Stuart Lowthian, and global sustainability director, Dave Howson share their views on the future of sustainability...[more]

May 12, 2014 Why Divestment Fails - op-ed

Source: NY Times

LOS ANGELES — TONIGHT, the 20,000 students at Stanford will sleep more soundly. Earlier this week, a group called “Fossil Free Stanford” persuaded the university’s endowment to divest its stock holdings from coal-mining...

May 12, 2014 Climate change: We have no solution yet

Source: Washington Post

I am not optimistic. Our climate-change debates confuse more than they clarify. They follow a ritualistic script that is now playing out again. First came a downbeat report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

May 12, 2014 ‘Stress Test’, by Timothy Geithner (book review)

Source: FT

If you had taken odds on which of President Barack Obama’s senior officials would make it through his first term, Tim Geithner would have got the longest. As it happens, the self-described “backstage guy” who detests public...

May 1, 2014 The Best Thing for the Environment is for the Government to Stop Controlling It - According to Kelly Levin, a climate change scientist from the World Resources institute, "Today's choices are going to significantly affect the risk that climate change will pose for the rest of the century." Levin...

May 1, 2014 Market Structure Map - Binary IR

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

There’s a joke software engineers tell. There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who can count in binary and those who can't. Nerd jokes (no offense, technology friends!) are often neither immediately nor apparently...[more]

April 30, 2014 George Will: "Global Warming Is Socialism By The Back Door"

Source: Real Clear Politics

Global warming is socialism by the back door. The whole point of global warming is that it's a rationalization for progressives to do what progressives want to do, which is concentrate more and more power in Washington, more and...[more]

April 29, 2014 ExxonMobil Confronts the Carbon Bubble

Source: Energy Outlook

Last fall I devoted a lengthy post to the notion that future policies to address climate change expose investors in companies producing fossil fuels to a potential bubble in asset valuations. So although I am not an ExxonMobil...

April 29, 2014 Buffett's Bad Advice

Source: Forbes

In the modern world of investing, complexity dominates. Thousands of difficult-to-assess choices present themselves, often with the perverse result of confounding us further rather than solving a problem. In response, the...

April 29, 2014 Whose Definition Of Sustainability Should We Abide By?

Source: Beef Magazine

I believe sustainable ought to have something to do with durability or the ability to persist or last well into the future – even hundreds of years or millennia. A large part of the earth is occupied by farmers and ranchers who...

April 28, 2014 Global Warming's True Believers Are Screaming At The Proverbial Scoreboard

Source: Forbes

In a recent column about HBO’s documentary series Vice, I questioned Vice founder Shane Smith’s contention that a failure to act on the theory that is global warming will prove perilous. Smith asserted that soon enough 80 of the...

April 28, 2014 Al Gore Answers Charge of Causing Global Warming Mockery With Mockable Quotes

Source: News Busters

Come on. Admit it. Just reading the name of Al Gore put a smile on your face. Why is that? Because after years of Gore's over the top rantings about global warming, he has turned himself into a laughingstock. That added to his...

April 25, 2014 'Global warming is nonsense'

The Morning Call - U.S. îNational Institute of Standards and Technologyî. "If you talk to real scientists who have no political interest," he said, "they will tell you there is nothing in global warming. It's an...

April 24, 2014 Water in our shoes

Source: Miami Herald

For South Floridians, the topics of climate change and rising sea levels are no longer to be dismissed as tree-hugger mumbo-jumbo. Pause next time you hear that parts of Miami Beach or the intersection of A1A and Las Olas...

April 24, 2014 Market Structure Map - Monoliths and Microseconds

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

People are getting screwed because they can’t imagine a microsecond.” Well, how about $1 trillion? Can we imagine that? If you want context for the quote, read Michael Lewis’s book, Flash Boys (No. 1 now in NY Times nonfiction)....[more]

April 23, 2014 Climate change is the fight of our lives – yet we can hardly bear to look at it

Source: The Guardian

This is a story about bad timing. One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call "mismatch" or "mistiming." This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall...

April 23, 2014 The Earth Is Changing Rapidly. Can We Change Too?

Source: Time

had the chance to see the Grand Canyon last week for the first time, and I can tell you this: it is really big. So big, in fact, that I led my partner on an endless walk along the rim, searching for the entrance a trail that...

April 23, 2014 On This Earth Day, It's Actually Easier To Be Green

Source: Forbes

Those of us who grew up watching Sesame Street sang along to Kermit the Frog’s lament, “It’s not that easy being green.” But for many Americans, it’s actually easier than ever to be green. Sustainability has quietly become an...

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