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June 30, 2014 The Water Crisis in the West

Source: NY Times

With water increasingly scarce in the drought-ravaged American West, many states could face drastic rationing without rain. Even with more sustainable practices, the future of water in the West is not secure. Population growth,...

June 27, 2014 What You Missed While You Were Watching the U.S. vs. Germany

Source: Bloomberg

Have you ever moderated a panel on the implementation of financial market reform in a hall streaming a blockbuster World Cup game? I have. Shortly before noon today I took the dais here at Bloomberg HQ in Manhattan with two...

June 27, 2014 Biofuels: can they be sustainable?

Source: Eiris Blog

Sustainability issues are often not clear cut and simple. Research expertise on an ESG issue, its changing context or regional variations can often help investors to develop an investment approach or inform an investment strategy...

June 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Risk

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

On a hot Sunday 138 years ago today, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley Native Americans called the Greasy Grass. The rest is history. Speaking of unexpected defeat, wonder what ambush caused...[more]

June 26, 2014 We’re in a recovery, so why is the economy shrinking?

Source: Boston Globe

To really count as “recovering,” our economy needs to be growing. But just this morning, we learned that the US economy actually shrank 2.9 percent in the beginning of 2014, which is quite a lot. Does that mean we’re headed for...

June 25, 2014 Food energy and water: the politics of the nexus - It is hard to disagree when the international business community, through the îWorld Economic Forumî, argues that there are important linkages between water, food, energy and climate change. Or when...

June 25, 2014 Oracle can buy anything except a vision

Source: NASDAQ

On Monday, Oracle (orcl) announced that it would acquire MICROS Systems for $4.6 billion, giving the enterprise software giant entre into the highly lucrative restaurant and hospitality industries, The buy also served to reverse...

June 25, 2014 Terence Corcoran: The cost of climate change alarmism

Source: Financial Post

In a report titled Time for Change? Climate Science Reconsidered group of eminent British academics from various disciplines and associated with University College London (UCL) warns that “fear appeals” may be turning the public...

June 23, 2014 The Big Green Test

Source: NY Times

On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times. In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our...

June 23, 2014 The Coming Climate Crash (oped)

Source: NY Times

THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many...

June 20, 2014 Market Structure Map - First Things First

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

If you’re in a tree sawing off a branch, note which side of it you’re standing on. The guy studying the branch was Brad Katsuyama, CEO at dark pool IEX, which has designs on exchange-hood. He was speaking along with others...[more]

June 19, 2014 Nigeria: Are Our Corporate Governance Standards High Enough?

Source: Premium Times

Corporate governance is at the heart of how businesses are run. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), "corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company's management, its...

June 19, 2014 Good corp, bad corp - the rapid rise of business ethics

Source: The Independent

The venue was apt for an evening’s debate on business ethics entitled “Good corp, bad corp”. In the floors above were the UK corporate headquarters for both Google and Vitol, a secretive global commodities trading house which...

June 19, 2014 The role of the institutional investor in corporate governance

Source: Business Day

Developing good relations between a company and its shareholders is as much a task for the shareholders as it for the Board. Institutional Investors as “professional shareholders” with large investments in companies have more at...

June 19, 2014 Why Sustainability Needs A Serious Makeover

Source: PSFK

Blending what we desire with what we need is a recipe for pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. In Dynamic Doers, a series by PSFK and iQ by Intel, we look at versatile entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and developers who...

June 17, 2014 The global warming hiatus

Financial Post - While the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) still uses the iconic word âunequivocalâ to describe warming of the climate system over the past century, a new word has...

June 16, 2014 Great Men, great pay? Why CEO compensation is sky high.

Source: Washington Post

Why are so many chief executive compensation packages so outrageous? And why do they continue to roar ahead of most workers’ pay? According to data released this month by executive-salary tracker Equilar, the 200 most highly...

June 16, 2014 How to Sell a Carbon Tax

Source: Bloomberg

The best way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is to put a tax on carbon. Almost all economists would agree. Yet there's even wider agreement, and not just among economists, that a carbon tax can't happen. In the U.S., it's...

June 16, 2014 Stopping Russia from cornering Europe’s energy market

Source: Washington Post

President Obama’s meeting this month with the Group of Seven leaders focused on European energy policies in light of the crisis in Ukraine. As Western leaders seek the right response, they would do well to keep in mind that...

June 16, 2014 Using integrated technology to improve governance, reduce business risks

Source: Business Day

A unified approach to governance, risk and compliance using integrated technology has been found to help organisations quickly maximise strategic and operational performance, cost-effectively manage regulations and policies and...

June 13, 2014 Lack Of Transparency The Key To Success Of EPA Climate Change Proposals

Source: Forbes

Opponents of the EPA proposals to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent readily concede that if implemented they might indeed reduce the earth’s temperature by as much as one twentieth of a degree within one hundred years, but have...

June 13, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Big News

Source: Tim Quast, President,ModernNetworks IR LLC

With crowning dreams of California Chrome and the unfortunately tinny conclusion to the equine trifecta dominating news, you might have missed what counted last week. There was Liquidnet, operator of a members-only trading market...[more]

June 12, 2014 Why Warren Buffet is Betting Big on Clean Energy

Equities - This is possibly one of the reasons why Buffett is looking to bet big on the industry. According to a survey conducted by SolarCity and îClean Edgeî in collaboration with NASDAQ earlier this year, 88...

June 12, 2014 Fracking: Could Mexico's Water Scarcity Render It's Energy Sector Reforms Self-Defeating?

Source: Forbes

In many countries, including the U.S., France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia, fracking has been partially banned or delayed on environmental concerns. Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a...

June 10, 2014 Paul Krugman's Both Right And Wrong About Climate Change Here

Source: Forbes

Paul Krugman has decided to opine on the subject of climate change and he’s both right and wrong in what he’s saying. The parts he has right are that there are those opposing the very idea simply in order to protect their own...

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