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February 10, 2016 Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his...

February 10, 2016 Rates markets, at odds with Fed, seek clarity from Yellen

Source: Reuters

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is the one tasked with delivering a message over the next two days when she speaks to Congress, financial markets are keen to know if she has absorbed their message to her: stifle your rate hike...

February 10, 2016 Sustainability Mythbusters: Products With 'Zero Emissions'

Source: Sustainable Brands

Consumer attention to environmental issues has helped to spur significant demand for more sustainable products. There is no doubt that the attention and efforts of companies large and small to fulfil on this demand have led to...

February 10, 2016 Oil rises toward $31 as Russia floats idea of supply cut

Source: Reuters

Oil rose toward $31 a barrel on Wednesday after four days of declines, supported by the prospect of OPEC and rival producers cooperating to tackle a supply glut that has sent prices to a 12-year low.

February 9, 2016 Effects of carbon emissions could last 10,000 years, study finds

Source: CS Monitor

If humans don’t cut carbon emissions soon, the Earth could feel the catastrophic impact for tens of thousands of years, a new study has found.

February 9, 2016 How scientists failed the public in the Flint water crisis

Source: LA Times

The Flint, Mich., water crisis, in which thousands of children were exposed to elevated lead levels after a supposedly money-saving decision to start using the corrosive Flint River as the city's water supply, is more than a...

February 9, 2016 Luxury Brands Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability

Source: Harvard Business Review

But according to a new report, 2016 Predictions for the Luxury Industry: Sustainability and Innovation, that sustainability gap is closing fast. Two organizations that work closely with high-end product companies, the Luxury...

February 9, 2016 Stocks trim losses, Dow halves 400-point dive

Source: USA Today

Wall Street endured another dramatic day as the Dow more than halved a 400-point drop amid a fresh slide in oil prices below the key $30 per barrel mark and continued fears about slowing global growth.

February 8, 2016 Dow futures slip triple-digits as growth fears grip markets

Source: CNBC

U..S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Monday, as investors digest Friday's massive drop in technology stocks and look to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony later this week.

February 8, 2016 Crude oil slips as Saudi, Venezuela meeting yields little

Source: Reuters

Crude oil prices eased in thin trade on Monday as a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela showed little indication that steps would be taken to boost prices.

February 8, 2016 Examining Carbon Reduction ROI and Competitive Positioning

Source: Alphasense - Pamela Styles, principal, Next Level Investor Relations LLC

Carbon reduction is a hot topic in the ESG / Sustainability field for investor consideration as well as in the general public discourse. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and other influencers...

February 8, 2016 Are drought conditions in the American Southwest here to stay?

Source: CS Monitor

A new study suggests that extremely dry conditions may now be standard in the central and western US, as precipitation and storms there have seen a marked decrease through the past decades.

February 5, 2016 Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax to fund rail and highway projects

Source: Washington Post

President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, phased in over five years, to pay for a variety of transportation initiatives, including new rail corridors, highway projects, pilot projects for self-driving cars and other...

February 5, 2016 Report: 18 Cities In Pennsylvania With Higher Lead Exposure Than Flint

Source: CBS

The lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan has caused major concerns about lead levels across the country. According to, there are more than a dozen cities in Pennsylvania with higher levels of lead exposure than...

February 5, 2016 Arctic sea ice sets January record low

Source: USA Today

The amount of Arctic sea ice set a record low for the month of January, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday. January 2016 was a remarkably warm month there, the data center said. Air temperatures were 13...

February 5, 2016 Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Needed for Scaling Up Sustainability

Source: Just Means

Following the COP21 in Paris and the establishment of SDGs, cross-sector collaboration to drive progress on sustainability has become more important than ever. However, questions remain on how companies should make the most...

February 4, 2016 The TPP, World's Largest Trade Pact, Finally Gets Signed

Source: Forbes

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has just been signed over in New Zealand and so we can welcome the world’s largest trade deal. Except, if we’re honest about these things, it’s not such a big deal really. Because the global level of...

February 4, 2016 Norway’s oil fund sells 73 stakes on sustainability concerns


Norway’s $810bn oil fund sold out of 73 companies last year due to environmental and governance issues as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund stepped up its work on responsible investing.

February 4, 2016 Airlines acting on crews' concerns about Zika virus

Source: CBS News

United Airlines is allowing pregnant flight attendants and pilots and any trying to become pregnant to swap out of flights to regions affected by the Zika virus, the carrier confirms to CBS News.

February 4, 2016 Six Oil Producers Agree on Emergency Meeting, Iran's Shana Says

Source: Bloomberg

Six OPEC member states and two non members would be open to attending an extraordinary meeting if one is called, Venezuela’s oil ministry said after oil minister Eulogio Del Pino held talks in Iran on Wednesday.

February 3, 2016 EU proposals on Britain pave way for deal - Dutch foreign minister

Source: Reuters

A proposal to help persuade Britain to remain in the European Union is likely to be agreed by EU leaders, the Netherlands, which holds the EU rotating presidency, said on Wednesday.

February 3, 2016 Can Amazon's new 'dream team' fix the company's sustainability reputation?

Source: The Guardian

Unlike most big companies, Amazon has never published a sustainability report. Recent hires suggest that may be about to change – but will the retailer play ball?

February 3, 2016 Sierra snowpack jumps to 130 percent of average

Source: Sacramento Bee

A year ago, it was the driest January on record across much of California. This year looks, well, average – even a little better than average.

February 3, 2016 ChemChina makes $43 billion agreed bid for Switzerland's Syngenta

Source: Reuters

China's state-owned ChemChina will make an agreed $43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta, the companies said on Wednesday, marking the largest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm.

February 2, 2016 U.S. vulnerable to global slowdown, volatility: Fed's Fischer

Source: Reuters

The U.S. economy could suffer, with inflation remaining too low, if recent volatility in financial markets persists and signals a slowdown in the global economy, the Federal Reserve's second-in-command said on Monday.

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