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December 19, 2014 Wall St. has best second-day gain since 2011 on Fed optimism

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, extending a Federal Reserve-fueled rally from the previous session and giving the S&P 500 its best two-day advance in three years.

December 19, 2014 Clock won't stop for cocoa sustainability in 2020, says Barry Callebaut

Source: Confectonery News

The cocoa and chocolate industry must continue working towards a sustainable cocoa economy and better livelihoods for cocoa farmers after 2020, says Barry Callebaut’s VP of Cocoa Sustainability.

December 19, 2014 Most Of The Coastal U.S. Will See Over 30 Days Of Flooding Due To Sea Level Rise, NOAA Projects

WASHINGTON -- Most coastal regions of the United States will see 30 or more days of flooding by 2050 thanks to sea level rise, according to new research the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Thursday.

December 19, 2014 GAO report finds US unprepared for catastrophic disaster

Source: Fox News

The federal government is not fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or other sort of large-scale catastrophe and is years away from ensuring the safety of Americans if an event should happen, a Government...

December 18, 2014 If Corporate America Is Investing In Sustainability, Then Why Aren't You?

Source: Seeking Alpha

If "Accenture, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Harvard Business School, McKinsey & Company, and PricewaterhouseCoopers have released data-driven case studies, global surveys, and exhaustive reports offering compelling proof that using...

December 18, 2014 Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York Over Health Concerns

Source: CBS News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration prohibited fracking in New York Wednesday citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

December 18, 2014 Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike

Source: Reuters

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S....

December 18, 2014 America's Wealth Gap at Record Level

Source: Bloomberg

The rich get richer. Everybody else, not so much. The gap between the rich and every other income group in America has reached a record level, data from the Federal Reserve shows

December 17, 2014 The Collapse of Putin's Economic System

Source: Bloomberg

The foundations on which Vladimir Putin built his 15 years in charge of Russia are giving way. The meltdown of the ruble, which has plunged 18 percent against the dollar in the last two days alone, is endangering the mantra of...

December 17, 2014 Europe's record hot year made at least 35 times more likely by climate change, say scientists

Source: The Guardian

This year is on track to be the warmest ever recorded in Europe, and greenhouse gas emissions played a major role, according to new research. Scientists have analysed centuries of temperature records to conclude that this year’s...

December 17, 2014 Ecova Survey Reveals 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions

Source: BusinessWire

The report aggregates findings from a survey of more than 500 energy, facility, finance and sustainability professionals at U.S.-based companies and reveals an important shift in the way companies are approaching and viewing...

December 17, 2014 Most risky 10 US Cities from the power outages

Source: Islamabad Globe

More powerful hurricanes , air conditions and warming global temperatures effecting some of the big cities of United States about power outages.According the technology of 2014 there shouldn’t be any problems who threat and...

December 16, 2014 Russia Defends Ruble With Biggest Rate Rise Since 1998

Source: Bloomberg

In a surprise announcement just before 1 a.m. in Moscow, the Russian central bank said it would raise its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, effective today. The move was the largest single increase since 1998,...

December 16, 2014 Your All-Electric Vehicle May Not Be So Green, Study Says - TEXT/VIDEO

Source: NBC News

People who own all-electric cars in places where coal generates the power are actually making the air dirtier, according to a new study. The key is the electricity's source. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6...

December 16, 2014 Obama, Warren emerge as potential political foils

Source: Seattle Times

During the depths of the economic crises that consumed his first term, President Barack Obama helped pluck a Harvard professor named Elizabeth Warren out of relative obscurity and made her the face of his campaign to curtail Wall...

December 16, 2014 Sustainability Difficult to Communicate to Investors

Source: Environmental Leader

Companies are struggling to effectively communicate with investors on sustainability, according to the UN Global Compact – Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Investment....

December 15, 2014 Climate deal eked out in Lima advances talks as diplomats eye global pact next year

Source: Washington Post

Efforts to forge a comprehensive climate treaty advanced early Sunday as diplomats eked out an agreement that commits all countries to addressing the causes of climate change but leaves many of the particulars unresolved.

December 15, 2014 Corporate sustainability reporting, where the world is today

Source: Reuters

Today, many investors that seek traditional financial data also want information on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. With the ability to select among thousands of investment options, both institutional and...

December 15, 2014 More turbulence ahead for oil prices

Source: USA Today

Oil prices could slide again this week as the market digests statements from OPEC on Sunday indicating it would not prop up the price of crude. The head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Abdalla Salem...

December 15, 2014 Executive pay should reflect firms’ ESG goals

Source: FT Adviser

Investors expect corporate executives to be compensated based on their company’s financial performance. With increased awareness around responsible investment however, investors have begun to see not only the risks but also the...

December 12, 2014 Sustainability Reporting in 2014: The State of the Art

Source: Sustainable Brands

For the last three years my firm (Terrafiniti) has had the distinct pleasure of supporting’s annual CR Reporting Awards (CRRA 15), the unique global, non-financial reporting accolades.

December 12, 2014 House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

Source: Reuters

The House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.

December 12, 2014 Will cheap gas last? The answer and nine other predictions for 2015

Source: Reuters

It’s something of a tradition in journalism to gaze into the crystal ball and give readers a view of what we believe will come with the New Year. Below are my 10 predictions for 2015.

December 12, 2014 With Lima climate talks entering critical period, Kerry tries to rally leaders to act

Source: Mashable

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lima, Peru on Thursday afternoon just as it appeared that the latest round of global climate treaty talks were on the verge of limping toward a dispiriting conclusion. Kerry has long been...

December 11, 2014 Regulators concerned at banks scaling back market making commitments

Source: Reuters

Global financial regulators worry that banks are scaling back costly market making functions and that this could leave investors stranded, as well as squeezing funds to drive economic recovery, a senior official said on Tuesday.

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