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August 25, 2014 Turf removal in parched California, at a glance

Source: Washington Post

As more Californians tear out their lawns and plant drought-friendly gardens, many homeowners wonder how the effort will pencil out.

August 22, 2014 S&P 500 sets record close on signs of healthier economy

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks ended higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 at a record after a flurry of positive economic data, as investors hoped for signs from an annual meeting of central bankers that interest-rate hikes are not imminent.

August 22, 2014 Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

Source: BBC News

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the...

August 22, 2014 How sustainability leaders hold steady over the long haul

Source: GreenBiz

Pioneering a sustainability initiative is a lot like buying a boat. Sooner or later, the realities of maintenance overshadow whatever aspirations first inspired the investment. After the brainstorming sessions, public...

August 22, 2014 Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?

Source: TriplePundit

Marc Hafstead of the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, along with Lawrence Goulder of Stanford University, have come up with an idea that could potentially address two important problems in one broad policy action....

August 21, 2014 How the Current Mass Extinction of Animals Threatens Humans

Source: National Geographic

More species are becoming extinct today than at any time since dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the Earth by an asteroid 65 million years ago. Yet this bio-Armageddon, caused mainly by humans, is greeted by most of us with a...

August 21, 2014 US investors look to Jackson Hole, Yellen's speech

Source: CNBC

U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday, as the closely-watched Jackson Hole symposium of central bankers gets underway. It comes after the U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes of its July meeting on...

August 21, 2014 Drought Has State Debating Its Unregulated Pumping

Source: ABC News

Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 21, 2014 5 ways to successfully promote sustainable employee behavior

Source: GreenBiz

Only 30% of employees are engaged, costing $450 to $550 billion every year in lost productivity. Yet research shows that companies with strong sustainability and social responsibility programs have much higher engagement rates.

August 20, 2014 Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship between Humanity, Energy and the Natural World


A new ‘Zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking...

August 20, 2014 If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

Source: National Geographic

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the...

August 20, 2014 Dollar hits multi-month highs on U.S.-economy optimism

Source: MarketWatch

The greenback hit a four-month high against the yen and the British pound and a nine-month high against the euro after the data showed U.S. home construction surged in July, bolstering the case for the U.S. economic recovery and...

August 20, 2014 The World Is Doing Frighteningly Little About West Africa’s Ebola Crisis

Source: Time

The main agency fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is lashing out at the international response, calling it “non-existent.”

August 19, 2014 Auditing Firm Fined Millions For Involvement In Money-Laundering To Terrorist States

Source: The Daily Caller

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been fined $25 million and suspended from consulting for two years for aiding a Japanese bank in laundering money to terrorist states, the New York Post reports.

August 19, 2014 Report highlights CPGs' sustainability achievements

Source: Packaging World

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has released a report that spotlights progress and achievements by food, beverage, and consumer products companies as they work to reduce their environmental footprints and implement...

August 19, 2014 U.S. lawmakers slam Fed's crisis lending proposal

Source: Reuters

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Monday urged the Federal Reserve to restrict its crisis lending programs for big banks, which were criticized as bailouts during the 2007-2009 meltdown.

August 19, 2014 Globe sees fourth warmest July on record; Oceans tie for warmest July

Source: Washington Post

The average global temperature in July was the fourth highest on record for any July since records began in 1880, according to NOAA. This is after two months of record warm global temperature in May and June. So far, 2014 is the...

August 18, 2014 West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

Source: Washington Post

Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup...

August 18, 2014 FedEx Now Indicted for Money Laundering

Source: Daily Mail Times

FedEx Corp has been charged with conspiring to launder money by U.S. federal law enforcement authorities over the drug deliveries the company made for online rogue pharmacies despite receiving warnings from authorities.

August 18, 2014 Don't Confuse Sustainability with Corporate Social Responsibility

Source: Washington Post

No challenge derails managers from the goal of sustainability more than understanding what it means for an organization to really be sustainable. Some people think sustainability is all about environmental issues. Others see it...

August 18, 2014 Tax inversions can be bad for shareholders — and for America

Source: MarketWatch

Individual investors typically produce better results when they live by a set of rules and beliefs on what to buy, hold or sell. Recently, based on news events that forced me to look at my own portfolio, I added a new guideline...

August 15, 2014 Shareholder resolutions prompt multinationals to set greenhouse gas targets

Source: IR Magazine

A series of 150 climate-related resolutions by institutional investors prompted 20 large US-based multinational companies to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions or obtaining sustainably produced palm oil in the 2014 proxy...

August 15, 2014 McKinsey’s survey provides figures on how companies and CEOs pursue sustainability


The latest global survey conducted in July by the consulting firm McKinsey, reveals interesting figures on how and why sustainability is important to company’s strategy and how successful companies are in mastering the...

August 15, 2014 Wal-Mart’s Sales Stagnation Reignites Concern About Economy

Source: Bloomberg

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)’s latest struggles to revive U.S. sales, following a disappointing Commerce Department report earlier this week, add to evidence that the economy isn’t recovering as quickly as expected.

August 15, 2014 Antarctic Melt May Lift Sea Level Faster in Threat to Megacities

Source: Bloomberg

Antarctica glaciers melting because of global warming may push up sea levels faster than previously believed, potentially threatening megacities including New York and Shanghai, researchers in Germany said. Antarctica’s ice...

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