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July 23, 2014 Will 2014 be the hottest year on record?

Source: The Guardian

After the hottest May and June ever recorded and with a looming El Niño predicted to cause global temperatures to spike, Karl Mathiesen, with your help, asks are we living through the hottest year since records began?

July 22, 2014 The Market Has a Message for the Bulls

Investor Place - And îthe Conference Boardîâs index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 ... Chair Janet Yellenâs view that âequity valuations of smaller firms as well as îsocialî...

July 18, 2014 Hyatt CFO: Bringing Sustainability into Corporate Culture

Source: Wall Street Journal

Hyatt Hotels Corp. Chief Financial Officer Gebhard Rainer took up the hotel operator’s top financial role in 2012, but also has a leading role in his company’s sustainability efforts. He spoke with CFO Journal’s Emily Chasan...

July 17, 2014 Carbon Controls are New, But Industry Scare Tactics Aren't (Op-Ed)

Live Science - Elliott Negin is the director of news and commentary at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). UCS is a member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, which includes nearly 400...

July 17, 2014 Private equity has room for growth on sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

A few weeks ago, I moderated a panel on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration in private equity at the Responsible Investor Europe Conference in London. This panel, and other discussions, highlighted the lack...

July 17, 2014 Eight Questions for Clorox's Product-Sustainability Guru

TMCnet.com - (î3BL Mediaî Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SOURCE: The Clorox Company DESCRIPTION:Research fellow Scott Mobley spends a lot of time thinking about the safety and sustainability of Cloroxâs products...

July 17, 2014 Market Structure Map - CYNK Me

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Movie tip: Karen and I took our visiting teenaged nephew to see Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise. Hysterically entertaining. Appropriate for teens (scary monsters but no gore), and gripping for adults! There was a 1982...[more]

July 16, 2014 How to invest ethically

theguardian.com - The study from îEurosifî, the Brussels-based European Sustainable Investment Forum, claims that an exciting new phase in the development of ethical investment is now taking place in the UK. To mark...

July 16, 2014 Can Corporate Social Responsibility Be a Differentiator for Community Banks'

TMCnet.com - (3BL Media Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SOURCE: îCSRHubî DESCRIPTION:By John R. Hancock, Moss Adams LLP and Lorinda R. Rowledge, EKOS International With a few exceptions, community banks lag behind both...

July 15, 2014 How Climate Change Changed Me

Source: Politico

When I learned that the New York Times was planning to report on my time as an investor at Farallon Capital Management, I wanted to sit down with the reporter while I was in New York City to discuss the issue in person—and on the...

July 14, 2014 This Billionaire Gets It! - text/video

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Billionaire Nick Hanauer makes more sense in a 5-minute TED Talk video—which, BTW, was apparently temporarily banned by TED Talk execs—than any supply-side economist has in decades (see video below). Hanauer earned his money the...[more]

July 10, 2014 Obama isn't killing coal. It's dying anyway.

The Week Magazine - Coal, of course, will never be free. [The Guardian] That's why the Australian government and private groups such as Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî forecast solar generation to rise six-fold over...

July 10, 2014 Fix the Climate Problem? Easy. Cut U.S. Emissions to 1901 Levels

Source: Bloomberg

A draft report prepared for the United Nations suggests, out loud, what the U.S. needs to do about climate change: Cut emissions to one-tenth of current levels, per person, in less than 40 years. It’s perilous to say these things...

July 10, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Empty Chair

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

There’s the old joke about camels. They’re horses designed by a committee. Speaking of committees, for the second time in a month, that august federal legislative chamber the US Senate yesterday convened a hearing on markets....[more]

July 9, 2014 International report charts path to deep carbon cuts

Source: Eco-Business

Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon close. “The...

July 8, 2014 Fighting Back: Getting Tough with Shareholder Activists Through Investment Branding

Source: Q4

For centuries, strategists and philosophers have espoused that “the best defense is a good offense” for the simple reason that “when you are constantly in a defensive posture, you can seldom win.”[1] While this philosophy has...

July 7, 2014 The Health Care Waiting Game

Source: NY Times

ONE small consolation of our high-priced health care system — our $2.7 trillion collective medical bill — has been the notion that at least we get medical attention quickly. Americans look down on national health systems like...

July 7, 2014 When are conservationists and asset managers ever on the same side? A) More often than you’d think.

Source: EIRIS Blog

For some, the announcement on 11 June 2014 that SOCO International, a UK-listed oil and gas company, would not drill in the Virunga National Park – a designated world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – and...

July 7, 2014 UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says

Source: The Guardian

A new report by Samuela Bassi and Dimitri Zenghelis of the Grantham Research Institute will argue that climate change policies have not hampered the performance of the UK's economy, and that these same policies can increase the...

July 3, 2014 How fracking foes are killing N.Y. jobs

Source: Daily News

My hardworking, fair-minded liberal parents raised my sisters and me with a healthy sense of sympathy for the poor and the voiceless. So I can’t help but feel for the denizens of upstate New York, where a long-faltering economy...

July 3, 2014 Market Structure Map - Setting Prices

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Do you remember that movie, The Island? The people who every day hope they’re selected to go to a tropical paradise are unwitting machinery for others. ....Things are not what they at first seem. That’s the point. [more]

July 2, 2014 Are EPA's Carbon Rules Really About Nuclear?

Source: Forbes

Yes. The Obama Administration actually wants nuclear power. It even looks like the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rules were written in order to ensure the future of nuclear power.

July 2, 2014 Executive pay rule changes likely in '14

Source: Hartford Business

I think the SEC is looking to get another way to compare executive pay across firms. The summary compensation table that lists executive pay, bonuses, and stock awards was previously designed as one way to get comparison, as well...

July 2, 2014 How to win funding from impact investors

Source: Devex Impact

Battered by the global financial crisis, global investment firms across the board have come to the realization that they need to reinvent themselves and re-evaluate their corporate values in order to survive over the next decade....

July 1, 2014 Does Sustainability Mean Anything Anymore? Lessons From Pfizer, Alcoa and Alcatel-Lucent

Source: Forbes

Does anyone remember the sustainability timebomb? Cast your mind back to a world before 2008 when, we were told, the way that modern capitalism had functioned in its 200-odd years since industrialisation just wasn’t going to be...

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