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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.

December 11, 2014 From bamboo bikes to renewables: the leaders that understand sustainability

Source: The Guardian

The business leaders of tomorrow will be responsible for tackling huge challenges, from climate change to growing inequality. Aware of the dangers these issues pose if they are not faced head on, these three leaders see...

December 11, 2014 All Eyes On Nancy Pelosi as Government Shutdown Looms

Source: Bloomberg

With a liberal revolt rising and a government shutdown looming, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must decide whether to withhold her support or let a spending plan pass despite a pair of provisions gnawing at her fellow...

December 11, 2014 Study: 270,000 Tons of Plastic Floating in Oceans

Source: ABC News

A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. The plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces, said the study published...

December 10, 2014 Sustainability + Engagement: A Case for Personalized Communication

Source: Business2Community

There is an important conversation happening concerning sustainability and employee engagement across C-Suite, HR, and sustainability leadership. An increasing body of research is showing a clear connection between a company’s...

December 10, 2014 Sustainable & Responsible Investing: It's Now $1-in-$6 in the US Capital Markets!

Source: CSRWire, Hank Boerner, Chairman, Governance & Accountability Institute

For your conversations inside the company, and perhaps outside, the following key numbers should help you make the investing or business case for corporate responsibility:

December 10, 2014 Congress reaches deal for $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill

Source: Reuters

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill that aims to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday and punts an immigration showdown between Republicans and President Barack Obama until...

December 10, 2014 The Top 50 Best Places To Work In The U.S.

Source: Fast Company

In 2014 the American workforce valued three main elements in their employers; short-term perks, like free lunches, flexible work hours, and remote work opportunities; and long-term benefits, like working with intelligent people,...

December 9, 2014 The Companies With The Best CSR Reputations

Source: Forbes

The company tops the 2014 Global CSR RepTrak ranking from Reputation Institute for the fourth year in a row more than a decade after it first began using the now-famous “Don’t be evil” imperative as its corporate slogan.

December 9, 2014 Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe -study

Source: Reuters

Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.

December 9, 2014 Turning a Profit While Doing Good: Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance

Source: Brookings

When a company focuses on improving its environmental or social good performance, what happens to that company’s financial performance and shareholder returns? Harvard Business School professor George Serafeim answers this...

December 9, 2014 Study: Causes of Calif. drought natural, not man-made

Source: USA Today

Natural weather patterns, not man-made global warming, are causing the historic drought parching California, says a study out Monday from federal scientists. "It's important to note that California's drought, while extreme, is...

December 8, 2014 Why the dollar is still king

Source: CNBC

A question that has frustrated even the most experienced economists in the last few decades is how the dollar has remained the most prominent reserve currency in the world despite the global share of U.S. output eroding away.

December 8, 2014 Philanthropy Over Policy Equals Plutocracy

Source: by Larry Checco

Philanthropy verses policy. What’s at stake? In the United States of America, perhaps our entire democratic process. At a recent Brookings Institution event that focused on income inequality, John Prideaux, Washington...[more]

December 8, 2014 Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Source: NY Times

The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies...

December 8, 2014 Sustainability’ is older than you think

Source: Boston Globe

In recent years, “sustainability” has become an inescapable buzzword. Companies launch sustainability initiatives; virtually every major American university now has an office of sustainability; and the word is a staple of United...

December 8, 2014 Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

Source: Salt Lake City Tribune

For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always the promise of another boom. Until now. There is a growing sense in...

December 8, 2014 Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues: UN official

Source: Reuters

ROME – Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday. About a third of the...

December 5, 2014 Opinion: Sorry, but America is still No. 1

Source: MarketWatch

CAMBRIDGE — Headlines around the world trumpeted a watershed moment for the global economy. As the Financial Times put it, “China poised to pass U.S. as world’s leading economic power this year.” This is a startling development —...

December 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Lava Cools

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 1999, two years after the SEC passed rules on handling trades and set regulations for alternative trading systems that today we call “dark pools,” Richard Korhammer and his engineering colleagues started a direct-access...[more]

December 5, 2014 2014 set to be hottest year on record, U.N. climate agency reports

Source: LA Times

This year is on track to be the hottest on record, with rising sea surface temperatures linked to the spread of extreme weather events around the globe, the United Nations climate agency reported Wednesday

December 5, 2014 Europe’s Top Banker Again Hints at More Stimulus in Future

Source: NY Times

FRANKFURT — Mario Draghi wanted everyone to understand on Thursday that the European Central Bank was determined to honor its prime directive: keeping inflation, now dangerously low, in check.

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