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June 9, 2014 The rich have advantages that money cannot buy


With the popularity of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, inequality has become central to the public debate over economic policy. Piketty, and much of this discussion, focuses on the sharp increases in the share...

June 9, 2014 Editorial - Increased fracking without increased inspections puts the environment at risk

Source: Washington Post

OVER THE past decade, a U.S. energy boom has cut oil and natural gas imports, revitalized manufacturing and enriched rural communities. But will the massive increase in oil and natural gas production mar the environment? We...

June 9, 2014 An Elusive Jackpot - Riches Come to Women as C.E.O.s, but Few Get There

Source: NY Times

If you were Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, making nearly $25 million for one year’s worth of work — not to mention getting $50,000 in company-paid personal security — the gender pay gap would probably not be a major concern. Women...

June 6, 2014 High-Speed Trading Rules Coming From SEC, White Says

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White unveiled the regulator’s most sweeping plan yet for reining in high-frequency trading and monitoring dark pools and other secretive trading practices in the world’s...

June 6, 2014 United States Records Fourth Death From Mad Cow Disease

Source: Science World Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded the fourth death in the United States from mad cow disease following an autopsy from the Texas man who died in May. The disease has killed 177 people in the UK since 1996.

June 6, 2014 Energy Department Bombshell: LNG Has No Climate Benefit For Decades, IF EVER*

Source: Think Progress

An explosive new report from the U.S. Department of Energy makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources. That is, if one uses estimates for methane leakage based on actual...

June 6, 2014 A Stylish Company with a Sustainable Future

Source: The Motley Fool

Individual investors operate in wildly different ways, but as a class we are often guilty of the same mistakes. One such error that I myself am frequently guilty of is having a narrow focus on fiscal data. The figures found in...

June 6, 2014 Coal Will Survive as Efficient Power Plants Boost Demand

Source: Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions left coal with a future even as the industry accuses him of trying to make the fuel obsolete. The proposal, released yesterday by the Environmental Protection...

June 5, 2014 Taking stock of sustainability efforts

Source: Harvard Gazette

After years of toiling to increase the efficiency and lessen the environmental impact of campus operations, it’s time for university sustainability workers to step back, examine broader goals, and make sure their efforts are...

June 5, 2014 California’s Water Crisis Is Getting Worse. Can Satellite Policing Help?

Source: Take Part

With California already suffering through a devastating drought, another water catastrophe has emerged: The state is quickly depleting its groundwater reserves. Reservoirs, creeks, and rivers usually supply a large portion of...

June 5, 2014 Economy showing improvement, Fed 'beige book' survey shows

Source: LA Times

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the last two months in areas that include manufacturing, construction, retail sales and bank lending. Seven of the Fed's 12 regions — Boston, New York, Richmond,...

June 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Crossfinding

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

“Arnuk and Saluzzi, the principals of Themis Trading, have done more than anyone to explain and publicize the predation in the new stock market.” So writes Michael Lewis in his No. 1 New York Times bestseller Flash Boys, which...[more]

June 4, 2014 The seven steps to sustainability

Source: Eco-Business

As fast-growing economies continue to expand and urbanise over the coming decades, sustainability challenges will only become more intense. While governments seek to establish cleaner growth and smarter infrastructure, businesses...

June 4, 2014 The Fed Is About To Spur Growth - By Raising Rates

Source: Forbes

The pressure is building at the Fed to get out of the low rate business. The economy is looking “too good,” and more Fed Board members are getting testy. These Fed hawks are eyeing the doves again, and this time it looks like...

June 4, 2014 Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases

Source: WebMD

Norovirus, the so-called "cruise ship virus," is more often caused by infected restaurant workers than outbreaks on the high seas, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Just 1 percent of more than 1,000 food-borne outbreaks...

June 4, 2014 STUDY: US Reporters Use More Weasel Words in Covering Climate Change

Source: Mother Jones

It's no secret that different countries have different densities, so to speak, of global warming denial. In particular, English-language speaking nations like the US and the UK tend to be relative denialist hotbeds, and their...

June 3, 2014 FLASH REPORT: Seventy-Two Percent (72%) of the S&P Index Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2013 — Dramatically Up from 52% in 2012 & Just About 20% in 2011

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY — June 2, 2014 — In an analysis just completed by the Governance & Accountability Institute research team, seventy two percent (72%) of the companies included in The S&P 500 Index® were found to have published a...[more]

June 3, 2014 Coal-state lawmakers rally against power plant emissions crackdown

Source: Fox News

Coal-state lawmakers, accusing President Obama of using a back door to impose strict emissions limits on power plants, are rallying to slam that door shut -- claiming the plan would cost jobs and jack up electric bills. In...

June 3, 2014 European bank hackers stole $100 million, U.S. says

Source: CBS NEWS

WASHINGTON -- A Russian computer hacker was accused Monday of leading a worldwide conspiracy that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers with malware, enabling his group to steal more than $100 million from business and...

June 2, 2014 U.S. to seek 30 percent cut in power-plant carbon pollution

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans on Monday to propose a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from the country's existing power plants by 2030, people briefed on the proposal told Reuters.

June 2, 2014 The Surge in Investing by Conscience

Source: NY Times

But strategies with an explicit social component are growing rapidly, according to the most current data from the industry association that supports and tracks this field: US SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible...

June 2, 2014 Fracking Is Losing the PR Battle

Source: The Motley Fool

It's hard out there for a hydraulic fracturing company. Tuesday's state and local elections dealt yet another blow to fracking after a series of defeats the industry has suffered on the public relations battleground. The impact...

June 2, 2014 How Sustainability Can Boost M&A Profits

Source: CFO Magazine

Much has been said about the mega-trends affecting businesses today and into the future. They run the gamut from global climate change to shifts in economic buying power and demographics. Such trends present an increasingly...

May 30, 2014 Unlocking the Business Value of Sustainability: Find Out at SAPPHIRE NOW how SCE, Walmart, and Siemens are Getting it Done

Source: #BL Media

Everyone’s for sustainability, right? Wait a minute! What exactly is sustainability, and what does it mean for business? For the thousands of SAP customers who will gather next week in Orlando (and online) for SAPPHIRE NOW...

May 30, 2014 American Electric Foresees Plant Closures on Obama Plan

Source: Bloomberg

American Electric Power Co. (AEP), the top U.S. coal-burning power plant operator, expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut. The company...

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