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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,...

July 28, 2014 We'll wage wars over water, say experts

Source: ABC

The risk of wars being fought over water is rising because of explosive global population growth and widespread complacency, an international conference has heard. "We have had oil wars," said Professor William Mitsch of Ohio...

July 28, 2014 Fracking to be allowed in UK national parks in ‘exceptional circumstances’

Source: RT-UK

The UK government will allow fracking in national parks and heritage sites in “exceptional circumstances,” say new guidelines. Around half of the UK is now open to shale gas exploitation, despite growing public concern over the...

July 28, 2014 NY City pension funds return 17 pct in fiscal 2014

Source: Reuters

New York City's pension funds logged a 17.4 percent return in the fiscal year ended June 30, the comptroller's office said on Monday, bringing its total value to a record $160.5 billion.

July 28, 2014 Sustainability is Becoming a Key Part of Decision Making for Brands, Consumers

Source: Brand Channel

As consumer demand for greater transparency by brands increases, companies are stepping up their commitment to sustainability. Procter & Gamble is partnering with the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation to help small...

July 25, 2014 Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

Source: Triple Pundit

Sustainable purchasing is an effort to buy greener, healthier, and more sustainable products from greener, more sustainable companies. It is based on the simple concept that every single purchase has hidden human health,...

July 25, 2014 Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

Source: CBS News

Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses...

July 25, 2014 Western US water crisis worse than thought

Source: Telegraph

The water crisis in the south west of the US is likely to worsen according to a new study carried out by the American space agency and University of California. Research has found that the Colorado River Basin, the prime source...

July 25, 2014 Why regulators should go to work on Wall Street

Source: PBS

From K Street to Wall Street, it’s the career move everyone loves to hate but makes anyway: the revolving door. Consider Sheila Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Before she accepted a position as a...

July 24, 2014 Corporates can lead on sustainability but there are no "good companies" yet

Source: The Guardian

At the launch of Tom Levitt's new book, Welcome to GoodCo - Using the Tools of Business to Create Public Good, the nibbles were laid on by the John Lewis Partnership and ice cream came courtesy of Ben & Jerry's. So far, so...

July 24, 2014 Standard & Poor's may face SEC charges over ratings

Source: Reuters

The parent of Standard & Poor's, which is defending against a $5 billion lawsuit by the federal government over its credit ratings, said on Wednesday it may soon also face U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges over...

July 24, 2014 White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

Source: NY Times

The White House Rural Council will announce plans on Thursday to start a $10 billion investment fund that will give pension funds and large investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects. Those include wastewater...

July 24, 2014 Market Structure Map - Take and Make

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

What if exchanges stopped paying fast traders to set prices? Oh, you didn’t know? Read on. Off Salt Island in the British Virgins is the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a steamer that sank in an 1867 hurricane. Even if you’re a...[more]

July 24, 2014 Euro-Area PMI Surveys Signal Economic Activity Is Picking Up

Source: Bloomberg

Euro-area manufacturing and services activity strengthened in July in a sign that a recovery in the 18-nation region is gathering pace. A Purchasing Managers Index for both industries jumped to 54 from 52.8 in June, matching a...

July 23, 2014 9 key trends in corporate sustainability reporting


Nearly three-quarters of sustainability professionals ranked CSR above seven out of 10 in relation to their business objectives (with one being low and 10 being high.) Meanwhile, most organizations dedicate between $34,000 and...

July 23, 2014 US SEC poised to adopt reforms for money market funds

Source: Economic Times

US regulators are expected to adopt rules on Wednesday that force "prime" money market funds used by large institutions to float their share price. Proponents have suggested that moving from the current stable $1 per share net...

July 23, 2014 9/11 Commission: Americans can’t be complacent about new security threats - text/video

Source: PBS

A decade since the release of a major report on the nation's preparedness and response to the September 11th attacks, the original bipartisan commission reconvened to produce a new assessment of current threats and challenges....

July 23, 2014 NY Fed found serious problems at Deutsche Bank's U.S. arms: source

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found serious problems in Deutsche Bank's U.S. operations, including shoddy financial reporting, weak technology and inadequate auditing and oversight, a person close to the matter told...

July 23, 2014 The Factory in the China Food Scandal Is Foreign-Owned. That Could Have Made It a Target

Source: Time

No company should be allowed to get away with unsafe products, but the harsh spotlight shone on multinational enterprises in China could be part of an effort to undermine them in favor of local businesses

July 22, 2014 Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises

Source: The Guardian

When the Walt Disney Company reached out to Rainforest Action Network for help in crafting a new sustainable paper sourcing policy in 2012, the nonprofit was all ears. As the world's largest publisher of children's books and...

July 22, 2014 The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

Source: Huff Post

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2...

July 22, 2014 China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

Source: Reuters

The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands...

July 22, 2014 Why targeting 4 human emotions is key to marketing sustainability

Source: The Guardian

While brands have been remarkably successful at feeding universal human drives, such as the desire for adventure, power or status, sustainability has not been seeing the same success in its messaging. What sustainability needs to...

July 22, 2014 Report: Hedge funds escaped billions in taxes

Source: USA Today

Two large banks used a complex financial scheme to help 13 hedge funds avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes and evade federal borrowing limits on brokerage accounts over a 15-year period, according to the findings of a...

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