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July 2, 2015 China to cap rising emissions by 2030 in boost to Paris U.N. deal

Source: Reuters

China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on Tuesday to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, in a much-anticipated strategy for United Nations...

July 1, 2015 Markets rally on report Greece accepts creditor terms

Source: Reuters

Eurozone stocks and peripheral bonds rallied on Wednesday, extending gains after a report that Greece was ready to accept most conditions from its international creditors in order to reach a deal over its debt crisis.

July 1, 2015 The science of sustainability: what we've learned from artificial photosynthesis and synthetic meat

Source: The Guardian

Most sustainability efforts focus on fixing problems. Whether the solution involves installing air filtration systems on cruise ships, lobbying for safer meat production or restricting microbead usage, it usually comes after a...

July 1, 2015 SRI Goes From $12 billion in 1995 To $4.3 Trillion In 2014

Source: ValueWalk

SRI in the US has nearly doubled in the last few years, growing from $3.47 trillion AUM in 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the beginning of 2014 according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment’s (US SIF) most recent...

June 30, 2015 Let's talk about (brand) love (and sustainability)

Source: GreenBiz

One of the ah-has from the soon-to-be-released 2015 Eco Pulse study is that, indeed, a company’s sustainability or social responsibility commitment is a reason to love the brand.

June 30, 2015 Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air

Source: Washington Post

BILLINGS, Mont. — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic...

June 30, 2015 European Commission President Approached Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras About Last-Minute Deal

Source: Wall Street Journal

ATHENS—The president of the European Commission approached Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday night about a last-minute financing deal that would require the government in Athens to campaign in favor of the deal in a...

June 30, 2015 Mighty euro, on track for best quarter since 2011

Source: FT

The currency is about to wrap up its best quarter against the dollar since the first three months of 2011. The quarter ends today, and the exchange rate is up by 4.12 per cent, after a fall of 11.34 per cent in the first quarter,...

June 29, 2015 Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

Source: Mother Jones

Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural...

June 29, 2015 The euro is an experiment in making a currency without a government. That’s why it’s in trouble.

Source: Washington Post

The European Union appears to be on the brink of an unprecedented rupture. After months of meetings between the 19 E.U. states that use the euro, Greece broke off talks ahead of a June 30 deadline for continued financing of their...

June 29, 2015 New round of big state water cuts to hit San Francisco

Source: SF Gate

State water officials not only told more Central Valley farmers Friday that they need to stop drawing water from low-flowing rivers and creeks — but they tossed the city of San Francisco onto the list as well.

June 29, 2015 The Next Few Days Have the Potential to Transform Greece and Europe

Source: NY Times

As it turns out, the Greek crisis ends not with a bang, but with a referendum. It has been easy to ignore the doings in Greece for the last few years, with the perpetual series of summits in Brussels that never seem to resolve...

June 26, 2015 Half of Europe’s electricity set to be from renewables by 2030

Source: The Guardian

Europe will likely get more than half of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the next decade if EU countries meet their climate pledges, according to a draft commission paper.

June 26, 2015 LEGO says its plastic pieces will be made with sustainable material by 2030

Source: Quartz

? ? ? ? Written by Gabriel Fisher June 25, 2015 Plastic is nearly inescapable in the world of children’s toys—especially if your child is into LEGOs. But the company behind the eponymous toy bricks says it wants...

June 26, 2015 Water Shortage: 40 Percent of Water Depletion by 2030, Warns UN Report

Microfinance Monitor - Water shortage is going to be severe as there will be 40 percent depletion of fresh water resources on Earth by 2030 unless urgent corrective measures are undertaken, warns the UN World Water Development...

June 26, 2015 Will We All Shut Up About Obamacare Now? Probably Not.

Source: US News

So after multiple Supreme Court cases, a whole lot of votes in Congress and many calls to "repeal and replace" the law that have gotten opponents nowhere for the most part – can we finally stop talking about ditching Obamacare?

June 26, 2015 McDonald's: Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda

News-Times - Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the îCenter for Science in the Public Interestî, said the decline in sodas for Happy Meals showed promise. "It takes more than one year to undo decades of bad...

June 25, 2015 Climate pressures threaten political stability – security experts

Source: Reuters

LONDON – Politically fragile countries face breakdown as a result of mounting climate change pressures, and even stable ones may find coming shocks too big to manage peacefully, security and development experts warned.

June 25, 2015 US and China to create 'code of conduct' for cyber espionage and hacking after talks

Source: The Independent

China and the US are working on a “code of conduct” for online espionage and hacking after months of trading accusations over cyber attacks.

June 25, 2015 California Is Running On Empty

Source: NewsWeek

A 40 million person California is an iffy place. It is entirely dependent on a sophisticated, man-created infrastructure of dams, reservoirs, canals, pumps, freeways, rail lines, airports and schools and universities.

June 25, 2015 Sustainability Reporting: From Routine to Strategic

Source: Triple Pundit

When was the last time you read a truly interesting sustainability report? For many people working in corporate responsibility, the annual reporting process has become dull. The last 20 years has seen a massive explosion in the...

June 24, 2015 U.S. households trash $640 in food a year

Source: USA Today

American households throw away about $640 each worth of food every year, and consumers don't really care about the environmental impact of trashed leftovers piling up in landfills, according to a survey out Wednesday from the...

June 24, 2015 Climate Change Calls for Science, Not Hope

Source: NY Times

Now, environmental experts are suggesting that some parts of the (US) strategy are, at best, a waste of money and time. At worst, they are setting the United States in the wrong direction entirely.

June 24, 2015 Public Pension Funds Leading Shareholder-Proposal Activism

Source: Valuwalk

Pension funds are getting in on the activism action with a record number of shareholder proposals already this year. However, that may not be a good thing. A new report indicates that in the past, shareholder-proposal activist...

June 24, 2015 Know these three Vs of sustainability communication

Source: GreenBiz

You might be wondering why McDonald’s committed for 100 percent of the fish served in its U.S. and European restaurants to carry the Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel. As you can imagine, it is no small task or expense to...

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