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March 30, 2015 Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows - Climate model simulations by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) showed similar results: as the climate warms, temperature differences in mid-latitudes decrease, and so does temperature...

March 30, 2015 Fed rate hike may be warranted later this year: Yellen

Source: Business Insider

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Federal Reserve is giving "serious consideration" to beginning to reduce its accommodative monetary policy and a rate hike may be warranted later this year, although a downturn in core inflation or wage...

March 30, 2015 U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

Source: Reuters

OSLO/WASHINGTON - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due...

March 30, 2015 Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Source: Nature

Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded. In the north, evergreen forests host Norway spruces and Scandinavian pines; around the...

March 27, 2015 Biggest Polluters to Miss Climate Deadline

Source: Bloomberg

Ahead of the March 31 target, only the European Union and Switzerland have unveiled plans, representing about 10 percent of global emissions. The U.S. has promised to hit the deadline. The rest of the world’s major economies,...

March 27, 2015 9 Reasons Your Sustainability Communications Fail

Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability leaders have to talk – a lot. Sometimes they speak at conferences, other times they speak to clients, or they might even write a guest article for a website. Regardless of the audience or platform, if you’re in...

March 27, 2015 The Only Thing Oil Analysts Can Agree On Is Disagreement

Source: Bloomberg

Standard Chartered Plc’s Paul Horsnell forecasts oil will rise to $90 a barrel in the fourth quarter. Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Francisco Blanch predicts $58. Six months ago, they were just $1 apart.

March 27, 2015 Guess What's Destroying the Middle Class?

Source: Bloomberg

Perhaps the biggest question in American political economy right now is why middle-class wages have been falling. There are three main hypotheses. Roughly, these are: Robots, unions and China.

March 26, 2015 The Four Filters of ESG Performance

Source: Forbes

Michael Muyot, president and founder of CRD Analytics, a leading provider of independent sustainability investment analytics, is an acknowledged leader in sustainable investing. He has developed a unique set of tools that are...

March 26, 2015 The Fed Still Needs to Figure Out How to Raise Rates

Source: Bloomberg

For all the talk about when Federal Reserve policy makers are going to raise interest rates, they haven’t quite figured out how to do it.

March 26, 2015 How much of the world's fossil fuels can we burn?

Source: The Guardian

The much-quoted three numbers of climate change have raised awareness of the simple fact there’s far more fossil fuel than we can burn and the more we extract, the greater the risk of climate catastrophe – but they don’t tell us...

March 26, 2015 Factories in U.S. Feel Pain of Rising Dollar, Slump in Oil

Source: Bloomberg

Orders for American-made durable goods unexpectedly dropped in February as manufacturers absorbed the damage inflicted by a rising dollar and slumping energy production.

March 26, 2015 Saints Beat Sinners Again for Best Stock Picks

Source: The Guardian

New Morgan Stanley research shows that whatever sustainability is, it seems to be working

March 25, 2015 Americans' Rating of Environment Inches Up to Record High

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Half of Americans rate the overall quality of the environment as "excellent" or "good," the most positive views of the environment since Gallup began asking this question in 2001.

March 25, 2015 Corporate Sustainability: First Evidence on Materiality

Source: Working Knowledge, Harvard Business School

The relatively new class of corporate investments known as sustainability investments has attracted the attention of firms, institutional investors, academics, and societal advocacy groups. This paper examines in depth how such...

March 25, 2015 Oil Markets Volatile As Dollar Falls And Supplies Seen Rising

Source: Wall Street Journal

LONDON—Oil markets were volatile on Wednesday with major price benchmarks diverging as investors weighed a weaker dollar against expectations that U.S. oil supplies will hit a fresh record. Brent crude for delivery in May rose...

March 25, 2015 Climate Change, Political Lobbying High On Shareholders’ Agenda

Source: Triple Pundit

Historic droughts, record snowfalls, and the incidence of “superstorms” and other highly anomalous weather seem to be making a stronger impression, and having a greater impact, on those invested in publicly-listed companies....

March 25, 2015 ESG Criteria Important for Majority of Investors

Source: Plan Sponsor

A majority of institutional investors consider ESG criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to research by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer.

March 24, 2015 Unsustainable America

Source: US News

Consumer preference is shaping up as a powerful force to promote environmental sustainability. Many consumers have shown themselves willing to choose sustainably produced and environmentally friendly products, particularly when...

March 24, 2015 7 Ways Private Equity Is Gaming Your Pension

Source: Bloomberg

Kentucky high school history teacher Randy Wieck is on a lonely mission to discover the whereabouts of the 12 percent of each paycheck he and 74,800 other educators are putting into a state pension fund. He’s especially keen to...

March 24, 2015 Welcome to the 'Double El Niño' — and more extreme weather


We’re about to experience a “double El Niño” — a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago.

March 24, 2015 Clinton: US Needs Solutions to Income Inequality

Source: ABC News

Approaching a likely presidential campaign announcement next month, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that income inequality and wage stagnation are problems that go hand-in-hand and the nation needs creative solutions to...

March 23, 2015 OPEC won't bear burden of propping up oil price: Saudi minister

Source: Reuters

OPEC will not take sole responsibility for propping up the oil price, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said on Sunday, signaling the world's top petroleum exporter is determined to ride out a market slump that has roughly halved...

March 23, 2015 Corporate Sustainability – The Board’s Role in Oversight: Protecting a company’s social license to operate

Source: The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

MCC: People often think of corporate sustainability activities in terms of environmental, energy or corporate philanthropy-related issues. How does NACD define sustainability?

March 23, 2015 Pollutants Created by Climate Change Are Making Airborne Allergens More Potent

Source: Time

Currently, some 50 million or so Americans suffer from nasal allergies, but the number is going up, and researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany say a pair of pollutants linked to climate change could be...

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