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February 4, 2014 Open thread: what does 'sustainable' mean to you?

Source: Guardian

To sustainability professionals, the word "sustainable" means more than just environmentally friendly - but that's not the case for consumers, according to a new study. How can we fix this?

February 4, 2014 Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable


As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, Amit Sahai was fascinated by the strange notion of a “zero-knowledge” proof, a type of mathematical protocol for convincing someone that something is...

February 3, 2014 Why big data will have a big impact on sustainability

Source: Guardian

Advances in data gathering, computing power and connectivity mean that we have more information than ever before at our fingertips. IBM estimates that by 2020 there will be 300 times more information in the world than there was...

February 3, 2014 Cashing in on apocalypse: Meet the people making a killing on climate change

Source: Salon

For some, the global climate change crisis has been a call to action, the occasion for some of the biggest environmental movements of our time. For others, it’s a business opportunity. In Greenland, that’s meant rushing to mine...

February 3, 2014 The unprecedented water crisis of the American Southwest

Source: The Week

It's the lifeline of the arid Southwest. Starting off in the snowy Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, the 1,450-mile river snakes its way through the Grand Canyon and southwest toward Mexico, supplying water to seven states —...

February 3, 2014 Deep-pocketed foundations pledge to divest from fossil fuels

Source: Reuters

More than a dozen foundations representing more than $2 billion in assets said Thursday they will stop investing in fossil fuel companies as both the World Bank and United Nations chiefs strengthen calls for divestment from “high...

January 31, 2014 Sustainability Mythbusters Part III: Sustainability Is Too Expensive

Source: Environmental Leader

In times when the economy is recovering and budgets are tight, corporate focus on sustainability can begin to drift because of the myth that sustainability is an unproven cost. However, an effective program can actually...

January 31, 2014 California Drought: Water Shortage Puts Communities on the Brink of Running Dry - text/video

Source: The Wether Channel

Even though Winter Storm Maximus may bring up to a foot of snow to drought depleted California, it likely won't be enough to help 17 rural communities California state officials say are just 60 to 100 days away from running...

January 31, 2014 Workshop - Materiality for the Public Sector -Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Business Transparency Program for the U.S.A. -

Source: Governanc & Accountability Institute

Event: Two-day intensive workshop focused on GRI-based reporting, G4 guidelines, and materiality for the public agency sector. Washington, D.C. – February 25-26, 2014. Plus six months of follow up workshops for participants. All...[more]

January 31, 2014 Looming report on Keystone XL said likely to disappoint pipeline opponents

Source: Fox News

The State Department is expected to release an environmental analysis on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as early as Friday that may disappoint environmentalists and opponents of the proposed project, according to individuals...

January 30, 2014 Taper II and Goodbye Mr. Bernanke

Source: Forbes

While I wasn’t surprised that the FOMC accelerated their taper today, I wouldn’t have been surprised had they hit the pause button this time. The December jobs report plus other recent weaknesses in the data had provided...

January 30, 2014 Obama Has Total Legal Cover for Climate Action. Does He Have the Nerve?

Source: Bloomberg Business Week

Among the usual State of the Union kitchen-sink issues and policy tub-thumping last night, President Obama managed one of his most succinct, unequivocal lines to date: “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” Noting...

January 30, 2014 Sustainability Jobs 101: What Do Sustainability and Porn Have in Common?

Source: Triple Pundit

“I know it when I see it” – so said Mr. Justice Potter Stewart way back in 1964. He was, in fact, talking about the challenges of defining hardcore pornography in a landmark Supreme Court case, but his comment applies equally...

January 29, 2014 State of the US economy: strongest since recession

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is showing more strength than at any time since the Great Recession began six years ago. Employers are hiring. Home prices, sales and construction have surged. Corporate profits and stocks have hit...

January 29, 2014 Why CFOs are sustainability’s surprising new superheroes

Source: Green Biz

CFOs are emerging as the new superheroes of the sustainability world. Their unique perspectives, skills, tools and roles empower them to advance corporate sustainability in the rapidly changing marketplace. Deloitte's global...

January 29, 2014 Web attack traffic soars

Source: Biz Smart

The U.S. had the third-highest percentage of observed cyber attack traffic in the third quarter of 2013, and hackers managed to shut down websites more often in the first three quarters of the year than in all of 2012, according...

January 28, 2014 The Bernanke Legacy

Source: Wall Street Journal

As the Federal Reserve Chairman prepared to step down, the encomiums rolled in. "The most successful tenure in Fed history," said the S&P economist. Added a former Fed Governor: "He has been called, and I think justifiably so,...

January 28, 2014 Sustainability, Leadership and Management Innovation

Source: Huff Post

Last week, my Earth Institute colleague, George Sarrinikolaou, and I began team teaching a new course at Columbia on innovative sustainability leadership. Each week we will host a guest speaker from the emerging sustainability...

January 28, 2014 Farm Bill Compromise Will Reduce Spending and Change Programs

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators agreed on Monday on a new five-year farm bill that will eliminate or consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs, expand government-subsidized crop insurance and cut about $9...

January 27, 2014 Holder says no bank 'too big to indict,' more financial cases coming

Source: LA Times

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., warning that no bank is "too big to indict," said the Justice Department will be bringing more cases involving "significant financial institutions" as it continues to investigate Wall...

January 27, 2014 How business has stepped up to the opportunity of sustainability

Source: The Guardian

As he steps down from Global Action Plan, Trewin Restorick reflects on 20 years on the corporate sustainability scene with optimism for the future

January 27, 2014 California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say

Source: San Jose Mercury News

California's current drought is being billed as the driest period in the state's recorded rainfall history. But scientists who study the West's long-term climate patterns say the state has been parched for much longer stretches...

January 27, 2014 Natural Gas Poised for Biggest Weekly Advance Since 2012

Source: Bloomberg

Natural gas futures climbed in New York to the highest price in more than three years as a frigid end to January will stoke demand for the heating fuel. Gas climbed as much as 5.6 percent, rising near $5 for the first time...

January 27, 2014 6 steps for a more sustainable supply chain

Source: GreenBiz

Stakeholder pressure from investors, shareholders, customers and nonprofits to push sustainability into the supply chain has significantly increased in recent years, with a record number of shareholder resolutions on supply...

January 27, 2014 JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon pay rises to $20m in 2013

Source: BBC News

The chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, will be paid $20m (£12.1m) for the past year's work. Mr Dimon's pay was cut to $11.5m in 2012 following huge trading losses. This was half the $23m he received in 2011....

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