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July 1, 2014 Does Sustainability Mean Anything Anymore? Lessons From Pfizer, Alcoa and Alcatel-Lucent

Source: Forbes

Does anyone remember the sustainability timebomb? Cast your mind back to a world before 2008 when, we were told, the way that modern capitalism had functioned in its 200-odd years since industrialisation just wasn’t going to be...

July 1, 2014 Plastic Debris Widespread On Ocean Surface, Study Finds

Source: Huff Post

Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife.

July 1, 2014 Anti-Fracking Win in N.Y. Court May Deal Blow to Industry

Source: Bloomberg

New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to lift a six-year-old statewide...

July 1, 2014 Spiraling number of recalls threaten to undermine GM's reputation for quality

Source: Economic Times

DETROIT: The deeper General Motors digs into its vast portfolio of vehicles, the more safety problems it finds. The announcement Monday that GM would recall another 8.4 million cars and trucks for a range of defects appears to be...

June 30, 2014 The Water Crisis in the West

Source: NY Times

With water increasingly scarce in the drought-ravaged American West, many states could face drastic rationing without rain. Even with more sustainable practices, the future of water in the West is not secure. Population growth,...

June 30, 2014 How collegiate sports can score with sustainability

Source: Green Biz

At the College Sports Sustainability Summit held in June, the Natural Resources Defense Council released our NRDC Greening Advisor for Collegiate Sports, a free online guide to greening collegiate athletics and recreation.

June 30, 2014 Signs of improvement in air quality

Source: Science Reporter

Data from the NASA satellite Aura has shown that the nitrogen oxide levels has decreased by 32% in New York and 42% in Atlanta in the past 10 years.

June 30, 2014 US authorities 'picking' on European banks

Source: BBC News _ text/audio

There is an "obvious case" to suggest that US authorities are placing larger fines on European banks, Financial Services Club chair Chris Skinner has said. His comments came as it was reported BNP Paribas could be fined $8.9bn...

June 27, 2014 Low water levels in Great Lakes could cost Canada billions: report - text/video

Source: CTV News -text/video

TORONTO -- If the low water levels recorded in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in recent years continue for sustained periods, the long-term impact on the region's economy could reach more than C$20 billion by 2050,...

June 27, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Real-time environmental risk portal launching for investors and lawyers

Source: Reuters

UNEP Chief Scientist Jacqueline McGlade and her team have just launched a new environmental portal that connects to real-time data linked to human health and economic risks. The portal is called UNEP-Live, and is rapidly being...

June 27, 2014 Goldman Says Shale Gas Boom Driving Fear From Market

Source: Bloomberg

Rising U.S. shale gas production is driving fear out of the futures market, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and will constrain prices for the next two decades. Gone will be the near tripling of costs to $15.78 as in 2005 as...

June 27, 2014 How do you demonstrate a 'sustainability premium' to investors

Source: GreenBiz

More companies are translating their sustainability efforts into revenue and productivity. But for the most part, investors don't understand or even know about the shareholder value that sustainability initiatives can create....

June 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Risk

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

On a hot Sunday 138 years ago today, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley Native Americans called the Greasy Grass. The rest is history. Speaking of unexpected defeat, wonder what ambush caused...[more]

June 26, 2014 Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential

Source: Star-Gazette

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The...

June 26, 2014 Obama Administration Widens Export Potential for U.S. Oil

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. Commerce Department opened the door to more U.S. oil exports as long as the crude is lightly processed, tempering the impact of a law that’s banned most overseas petroleum shipments for the past four decades.

June 26, 2014 Supreme Court Makes Sweeping Endorsement Of Digital Privacy

Source: Huffington Post

Police officers must get a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, an opinion that amounts to a sweeping endorsement of digital privacy. "Modern cell...

June 26, 2014 Investors Continue A Quiet March Towards Sustainability As Essential To Financials

Source: Forbes

Today sees the launch of provisional standards for industries in the Non-Renewable resources sector by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). It provides sustainability accounting standards for use by publicly...

June 25, 2014 5 Dire Warnings From Bipartisan Report on Climate Change's Economic Impact

Source: National Geographic

A Tuesday report warning of dire economic consequences from climate change, from lost property to ruined crops, is the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts aimed at garnering public support to tackle the problem.

June 25, 2014 Why sustainability leadership requires advocacy

Source: Green Biz

The continued downward slide of government leadership in driving the sustainability agenda forward, coupled with lackluster policy and advocacy engagement from the private sector, is the inconvenient truth revealed in this year’s...

June 25, 2014 The CEO aristocracy: Big bucks for the big boss

Source: Washington Post

We’ve created a new economic aristocracy in the United States: CEOs. That’s a fair reading of recent corporate pay surveys. A study by compensation consultant Equilar for the New York Times finds that Charif Souki of Cheniere...

June 25, 2014 China facing major water shortage crisis

Source: World Bulleting

China's scarce water supply is being wasted as crops grown in water-stressed provinces are exported to wet, rainfall-rich areas, a study reports. The limited resource of the 65% water coming under pressure from rapid urbanisation...

June 25, 2014 World Stocks Slide on Wall St Drop, Iraq Violence

Source: ABC News

World stock markets slumped Wednesday after Wall Street's biggest decline in two weeks and ongoing violence in Iraq dampened sentiment. Asian and European investors took their lead from Wall Street, where U.S. blue-chip bank and...

June 24, 2014 Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Source: NY Times

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts...

June 24, 2014 Court slows EPA on emissions, but largely backs its rules

Source: CNN

The Supreme Court on Monday took away some of the government's power to tighten emission standards, but preserved the majority of its authority under federal law to regulate greenhouse gases. In a 5-4 decision, the justices...

June 24, 2014 Water Scarcity May Spark Geopolitical Conflicts: Council

Source: Bloomberg

Water scarcity may spark geopolitical conflicts in such countries as those around the Tigris-Euphrates and Nile river basins, according to the World Water Council’s president. “Water and politics, they go hand-in-hand,” Benedito...

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