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August 5, 2014 Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall Street

Source: GreenBiz

It’s a question for the ages — or, at least, the age of sustainability: If sustainable business practices create profits and shareholder value, why aren’t mainstream investors paying attention? Some new research by McKinsey &...

August 5, 2014 Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie

Source: NY Times

TOLEDO, Ohio — It took a serendipitous slug of toxins and the loss of drinking water for a half-million residents to bring home what scientists and government officials in this part of the country have been saying for years: Lake...

August 4, 2014 The US Treasury Would Not Lose $20 Billion From Corporate Tax Inversions

Source: Forbes

An interesting little piece of information over at Angry Bear about the current wave of corporate tax inversions. A little piece of information that leads to the conclusion that the standard complaint, that the US Treasury will...

August 4, 2014 Some 400,000 in Ohio without drinking water, tests show lower toxin levels

Source: Reuters

Health authorities tested water for toxins in Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday as some 400,000 people remained without safe drinking water for a second day following the discovery of high toxin levels from algae on Lake Erie.

August 4, 2014 Companies Seek Bigger Payoff from Sustainability Efforts

While companies tend to trumpet their sustainability efforts, they don’t always reap strong benefits from those efforts, a new McKinsey study suggests. In McKinsey’s past surveys, when asked about their companies’ top reasons for...

August 4, 2014 Berkshire Hathaway Earnings Confirm Warren Buffett’s Bet on U.S. Recovery

Source: The Street

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B_) reported better-than-forecast second-quarter earnings as sales growth at the Warren Buffett-run conglomerate returned, confirming a strengthening recovery in the U.S. economy. Berkshire's earnings add...

August 1, 2014 2014 Proxy Season Review: Good Marks for Most U.S. Companies, but No Room for Complacency


Say-on-pay results from 2014 annual meetings reveal that, after four years of mandatory say on pay, most U.S. companies are achieving consistently strong shareholder support for their executive pay programs. While that may not be...

August 1, 2014 Insuring for Global Warming's Surprises

Source: Bloomberg/ Business Week

Postponing action on climate change will make the problem more expensive to manage later—if it can still be managed at all. So says a July 29 White House report on fighting global warming. While the message is true enough,...

August 1, 2014 What integrated sustainability really means

Source: gREENbIZ

For more than 20 years, I've been among those promoting a more integrated approach to sustainability. It's not just about the environment and resources, I keep reminding people. It's about systems: understanding their...

August 1, 2014 California Drought Crisis Reaches Worst Level as It Spreads North - text/video

Source: NBC NEWS

As California starts handing out its first fines to water-wasters, new data reveals the state’s crippling drought conditions have never been worse. As of Tuesday — the same day the stricter restrictions went into effect — more...

July 31, 2014 10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

Source: The Guardian

For the last few months, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years. The chairman of the IPCC, an international panel of the world’s top climate scientists, warned...

July 31, 2014 U.S. economy back on track with strong second-quarter rebound

Source: Reuters

The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the second quarter as consumers stepped up spending and businesses restocked, putting it on course to close out the year on solid footing. Gross domestic product expanded at a 4.0 percent...

July 31, 2014 3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability


Few of us give much thought to where our food comes from, how it is grown or raised and how it gets from the farm or field to our table. We rarely consider, for example, the amount of water it takes in drought-stricken California...

July 31, 2014 Market Structure Map - Missing Volume

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Weak volumes would seem cause for concern. It suggests a lack of consuming. It’s happening more on the NYSE than the NASDAQ. In 2009, the NYSE averaged 2.6 billion shares daily, about $82 billion of dollar-flow. In 2014 so far,...[more]

July 30, 2014 IBM to make free supercomputing power available to sustainability scientists

Source: MarketWatch

In support of the updated Climate Data Initiative announced by the White House today, IBM (NYSE: IBM ) will provide eligible scientists studying climate change-related issues with free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing...

July 30, 2014 EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Source: Re

The European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in...

July 30, 2014 McDonald's loses big on labor ruling

Source: Fortune

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday ruled that McDonald’s ( MCD ) qualifies as a joint employer of workers at its franchise restaurant locations, a decision that—if upheld—could hold the...

July 30, 2014 U.S. EPA kicks off hearings on power plant emissions rules

Source: Reuters

The Environmental Protection Agency launched public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country's power plants, and interested groups ranging from coal miners to senators made their views known.

July 29, 2014 Climate Change A Greater Threat To Global Food Production Than Previously Thought: MIT Researchers

Source: International Business Times

Climate change could pose an even greater threat to global food production than previously thought, according to new research. Rising temperatures will not only damage heat-sensitive crops – they’ll also increase toxic air...

July 29, 2014 Gas Prices Continue to Drop After Hitting Four-Month Low

Source: Time

One gallon of regular fuel costs as little as $3.523, on average. After hitting the lowest numbers since March last week, gas prices across the U.S. have continued to drop, AAA announced.

July 29, 2014 A sustainable water strategy is good for business

Source: The Guardian

For many companies the true cost of water is often hidden on the balance sheet, but an effective water management plan can transform the economic prospects of a business

July 29, 2014 What Is Ebola? Six Things You Need to Know

Source: NBC News

Ebola virus has infected two American health workers, a doctor and a hygienist, working in Liberia. It’s killed more than 660 people in the ongoing West African outbreak, the worst ever seen, and infected more than 1,100. It's...

July 29, 2014 Five things we learned about conscious business and sustainability

Source: The Guardian

In a recent online chat expert panelists shared their thoughts about the role of conscious business in sustainability - from how to define it to who can benefit

July 28, 2014 5 things to know about climate change costs

Source: Herald Net/Washington Post

Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” scientists proclaimed in the Obama administration’s National Climate Assessment, released in May. It’s touching every corner of...

July 28, 2014 Dollar index steady near 6-month highs

Source: NASDAQ

The dollar was trading close to six month highs against a basket of other major currencies as investors positioned ahead of a series of key economic events later in the week. Demand for the dollar continued to be underpinned,...

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