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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.

February 2, 2016 Brands That Validate Their Sustainability Commitments Will Win In 2016

Source: Media Posts

In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of sustainable and bio-based products. From household names like Seventh Generation, Method and the Honest Company, all the way through to niche beauty brands like...

February 2, 2016 Long-Term Global Warming Requires External Drivers

Source: Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. -- By examining how Earth cools itself back down after a period of natural warming, a study by scientists at Duke University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirms that global temperature does not rise or fall...

February 2, 2016 Brazil says Zika virus outbreak worse than believed

Source: Reuters

Brazil's top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the...

February 1, 2016 Lung Cancer Most Common Cancer In China: Air Pollution Taking Its Toll With Estimates Of 7,500 Deaths Per Day

Source: Medical Daily

How do we understand China, home to one-fifth of the world’s population, a nation in which conditions and complexities remain half-hidden from our Western gaze? A new report illuminates one aspect of this country’s current...

February 1, 2016 Oil price: which way will the market go?

Source: The Week

The oil price appears to be at a critical junction from which it could turn back sharply lower in the coming months or embark on a sustained rally.

February 1, 2016 Survey: British public among the least concerned about climate change

Source: The Guardian

The British public is far more concerned about the threat posed by population growth than it is about climate change, according to a YouGov survey published late last week.

February 1, 2016 It's All Relative: The Fatal Flaw in Corporate Sustainability Ratings

Source: Sustainable Brands

Corporate sustainability ratings are of growing interest to business leaders, investors, and the general public. The annual releases of popular ratings such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Global 100 Most...

January 29, 2016 New Accounting Rules Among Top Worries of Financial Executives

Source: Accounting Web

The survey of about 400 attendees at KPMG’s 25th annual Accounting & Financial Reporting Symposium indicates that internal controls over financial reporting and data security are at the top of the list of compliance issues for...

January 29, 2016 U.S. economy likely hit a speed bump in fourth quarter

Source: Business Insider

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth likely braked sharply in the fourth quarter as businesses doubled down on efforts to reduce an inventory glut and unseasonably mild weather cut into consumer spending on utilities and apparel.

January 29, 2016 U.N. health chief: Zika virus is "spreading explosively"

Source: Denver Post

GENEVA — The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide whether...

January 29, 2016 How Can We Stop Global Warming' 4 Changes We Can Make to Help Us Now

Source: Yahoo

The agreement occurred during the annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change, and the hope is that the countries will abide by the new, legally binding contract set to reduce pollution from fossil fuels in the atmosphere...

January 29, 2016 Here’s What It Takes to Land Your Sustainability Dream Job

Source: Sustainable Brands

As sustainable business enters the mainstream, there is a growing need for a skilled labor force that can meet the needs of socially and environmentally focused firms. The rate of growth for jobs with “environmental compliance”...

January 28, 2016 Coordinated Russian-Saudi Oil Output Cut Chatter Sounds Ridiculous

Source: Forbes

Market speculation is rife about Saudi Arabia and Russia – two of the world’s largest producers of crude oil – talking behind the scenes about a coordinated production cut in a bid to support oil futures currently languishing...

January 28, 2016 Fed keeps rates unchanged, wary eye on global markets

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it was "closely monitoring" global economic and financial developments, signaling it had accounted for a stock market selloff but wasn't ready to...

January 28, 2016 Few Answers on When Flint Will Have Clean Water Again

Source: NY Times

FLINT, Mich. — More than three months after officials declared that Flint residents should not drink the lead-tainted water from their taps, people who live here are still lugging bottled water from a Walmart or firehouse back to...

January 28, 2016 Not Too Big to Fail: How Mega Investment Firms Do Sustainability

Source: Triple Pundit

Mainstreaming sustainable investment: If the many investor initiatives aimed at corralling investors toward sustainability had not already made environmental, social and governance (ESG) the new normal, 2016 should do it.

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