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Source: The Sydney Morning News
Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production surged to a record-breaking 36 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, pushing emissions to their highest level in human history.
September 22, 2014 Watch Out Walmart: Alibaba To Become World's Largest Retailer By 2016Source: Forbes
“We want to be bigger than Walmart,” said Jack Ma, the founder and driving force of Alibaba Group, to CNBC on Friday, as his company’s shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
September 19, 2014 World Smashes All-Time Temperature Records Ahead of UN Climate SummitSource: mashable.com
The June through August period was the warmest such period on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday. In addition, the month of August was the...
September 19, 2014 BASF evaluates sustainability of portfolio via new processSource: GreenBiz
BASF has developed a new process for evaluating its product portfolio based on sustainability criteria.In a move that it says will better help its customers align environmental and societal aspects with business success, the...
September 19, 2014 World’s Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate DealSource: Ceres
Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over...
September 19, 2014 Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continuesSource: Moneycontrol.com
US equity markets have rallied for three consecutive sessions as the Fed's stance eased investor worries the central bank was ready to pivot away from its years-long policy of holding rates at rock bottom levels, which stimulated...
September 18, 2014 Fed says it will be ‘considerable time’ before rates are liftedSource: MarketWatch
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated that interest rates are likely to stay low for a “considerable time” after it ends its bond-buying program in October, but the central bank also took concrete steps to prepare for an...
September 18, 2014 5 ways boards of directors can support sustainabilitySource: GreenBiz
While corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members,...
September 18, 2014 Holder: Wall Street executives being investigatedSource: USA Today
Citing Wall Street's "troubling return'' to risky conduct that preceded the 2008 financial collapse, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that federal authorities are poised to file criminal charges against an undisclosed...
September 18, 2014 Market Structure Map - RiskSource: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC
Is the stock market poised for an advance to the rear? Gains yesterday notwithstanding, our measures of market sentiment reflected in the ten-point ModernIR Behavioral Index dipped to negative this week for the first time since...
September 17, 2014 Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic GrowthSource: Bloomberg
Countries can expand their economies through emissions reductions in cities, land use and energy, according to a report released today by the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, a panel set up by seven nations including...
September 17, 2014 Channel NewsAsia launches Asia’s first sustainability ranking for businessesSource: Channel NewsAsia
HONG KONG: Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia, in partnership with CSR Asia and Sustainalytics, on Tuesday (Sep 16) launched the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking for Asia’s top businesses at the CSR Summit in Hong Kong.
September 17, 2014 China Bans Use of Coal With High Ash or Sulfur to Fight SmogSource: Bloomberg
China will ban sales and imports of coal with high ash or sulfur in a move to promote cleaner types of the fuel and improve the nation’s air quality.
September 17, 2014 Climate Report Details Flood Risk to Sites in WashingtonSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital is likely to see record flooding by 2050, putting about $7 billion worth of property, three military bases and parts of the National Mall at risk as a result of climate change that is raising sea...
September 16, 2014 Sustainability Reporting: The What and WhySource: Environmental Leader
For more than a decade now, many leading global organizations have produced some form of sustainability reporting. Sometimes these documents manifest in reports sent directly to stakeholders, and in other cases they adhere to...
September 16, 2014 Study: Faulty gas wells, not fracking, pollute waterSource: USAToday
Faulty wells, not deep underground fracking, is the main reason that natural gas extraction from shale rock has contaminated drinking water in parts of Texas and Pennsylvania, says a study Monday by researchers from five...
September 16, 2014 CalPERS Eliminates Hedge Fund Program in Effort to Reduce Complexity and Costs in Investment PortfolioSource: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it will eliminate its hedge fund program, known internally as the Absolute Return Strategies (ARS) program, as part of an ongoing...
September 16, 2014 A smart look at the climate-change debateSource: Washington Post
Science writer Charles C. Mann writes books that take on big topics — examining the history of aspirin and the nature of modern physics, for example...Now, in a long, thoughtful and entertaining article in the September Atlantic...
September 15, 2014 Solar Storms Sending Biggest Threats to Earth Today and TomorrowSource: Bloomberg
Airlines have rerouted some flights and global positioning system and radio transmissions may be degraded through tomorrow as two solar eruptions strike Earth and affect its magnetic field.
September 15, 2014 The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summitSource: UPI
The UN has released a list of world leaders who will be attending their climate change summit. President Barack Obama will be in attendance, and it will take place in New York on September 23, which is during the Climate Week NYC...
September 15, 2014 Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : studySource: Reuters
The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.
September 15, 2014 Shares prices boosted by corporate sustainability policiesSource: Telegraph(UK)
Companies that pursue corporate sustainability policies are more likely to receive a boost to their share price, according to a report. The University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Arabesque Asset...
September 12, 2014 US Dollar Headed for Best Run in 17 Years Amid Fed Rate Hike FearsSource: NDTV
London: The US dollar headed for its ninth straight week of gains on Friday, some measure of how the economic fortunes of the United States and its major economic peers are diverging after six years of financial turmoil.
September 12, 2014 GRI North America and KPMG in Canada Spotlight on Corporate Transparency: Insights from Global 2014 is now available.Source: GRI North America
This white paper discusses the main drivers of corporate transparency, the impact it has on business and why it matters. Spotlight on corporate transparency: Insights from GLOBE2014 is the culmination of the GLOBE 2014...
September 12, 2014 Are sustainability reports driving change or just 'losing the signal'?Source: Guardian
Are sustainability reports driving change or just 'losing the signal'? The avalanche of corporate sustainability information makes it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff – or the vitally important from the merely...
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