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April 5, 2014 Governments, scientists to debate future of fossil fuels at climate meeting - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the world can curb the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet. It is...

April 5, 2014 High-speed stock trading is focus of several investigations

Source: LA Times

If you're not investigating high-speed stock trading, you're missing one of the hottest trends on Wall Street. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is examining high-frequency trading for...

April 4, 2014 America, Your Annual Energy Report Card Has Arrived


Even though Americans increased their use of renewable sources of energy in 2013, the annual level of carbon dioxide emissions increased for the first time since 2010. The news comes from the Lawrence Livermore National...

April 4, 2014 U.S. reaches $5.15 billion environmental settlement


WASHINGTON - The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites...

April 4, 2014 The deeper meaning of sustainable investment

Source: GreenBiz

Two crucial obstacles limit sustainability initiatives on college and university campuses. The first is financing and capital investment. The second is organizational process. I experienced these issues firsthand as president of...

April 4, 2014 2014 Proxy Season Shows Increased Investor Attention to Board Composition and Director Accountability

Source: PR Web

An emerging dynamic of the 2014 proxy season is the move toward a greater focus on board effectiveness. Investors—through direct engagement, letters to boards and shareholder proposals—are increasingly communicating their...

April 3, 2014 10 reasons why 76% of Americans ignore climate disasters

Source: MarketWatch

C’mon, admit it, we humans really are causing our own climate suicide. But so what? We’ve got freedom of choice. And we love our cars. They need gas. And we’re a bundle of mental contradictions. Is climate a “big issue?” Gallup...

April 3, 2014 Is GM CEO Mary Barra Being Thrown Under The Bus?

Source: Forbes

For two days this week, General Motors GM +1.57% Chief Executive Mary Barra withstood a barrage of Congressional questioning over GM’s recall crisis. Maintaining a steady tone, and rarely showing emotion, Barra apologized,...

April 3, 2014 The long journey to sustainable procurement

Source: GreenBiz

Bad news: Survey fatigue — already at significant levels — doesn't seem to be improving. In fact, it could get much worse before it gets better. Good news: It could make our businesses more sustainable. Anyone and everyone who...

April 3, 2014 Market Structure Map - Flash Boys

Source: Tim Quast , President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

I don’t skateboard. But the title of Michael Lewis’s new book on high-speed trading, Flash Boys, made me think Lewis could’ve called it DC-town & Flash Boys.[more]

April 2, 2014 GM’s Barra: ‘I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced’

Source: Washington Post

General Motors chief executive Mary T. Barra faced a barrage of questions on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon on why the automaker had ignored complaints about faulty ignition switches for a decade without reporting the problem...

April 2, 2014 U.S. port sustainability focus of Environmental Protection Agency summit next week

Source: The Times-Picayune

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a National Port Stakeholders Summit next week in Baltimore to address environmental concerns and sustainability at ports around the country. As part of the April 8 summit,...

April 2, 2014 Government accuses BBC of creating 'false balance' on climate change with unqualified sceptics

Source: The Independent

The BBC has been accused of misleading the public about climate change, creating a “false balance” by allowing unqualified climate sceptics too much air time and giving opinion the same weight as fact.

April 2, 2014 Caterpillar Bulldozes Tax Code Like Apple, Google & Facebook, Senators Allege

Source: Forbes

Caterpillar sidestepped $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes over 13 years by shifting profits to Switzerland, claims a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) grilled execs and...

April 1, 2014 Reporting 'misrepresents' business sustainability


Several prominent Australian companies could be inflating their adherence to corporate social responsibility guidelines, often filing reports with "partial and missing information", according to a new report. The lack of...

April 1, 2014 Wall Street rises on Yellen's view; S&P scores modest first quarter gain

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with the S&P 500 ending both March and the first quarter of 2014 with moderate gains, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen relieved concerns about a rate hike coming earlier than expected.

April 1, 2014 Exxon sees little climate change risk to assets

Source: Reuters

Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said on Monday that risks related to climate change pose little risk to its oil and gas reserves because the resources will be needed to meet expected growth in...

April 1, 2014 UN panel warns India of severe food, water shortage


The UN panel on climate change warned on Monday that famine, water shortage and increased regional tension could plague south Asia, especially India, if corrective steps weren’t taken soon to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The...

March 31, 2014 Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Source: NY Times

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse...

March 31, 2014 Euro delegates look to trade in sustainability

Source: The Vancouver Sun

For Vincent Roumeas, a business development manager for the Paris Region Economic Development Agency, Vancouver’s Globe conference is something of a hunting trip. He is part of a French delegation on the trade-show floor at Globe...

March 31, 2014 SEC commissioner calls for SEC changes in dealing with activist investors

Source: Inside Counsel

As proxy season ramps up, yet another major voice is proposing changes to how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deals with activist investors: SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher himself. At a corporate law conference...

March 31, 2014 Water-Energy Nexus Reaches Crisis Level in Asia


Decisions made in Asia for water use and management and for energy production are having major impacts on each other and serious repercussions for the region, according to studies highlighted on World Water Day last week. The...

March 29, 2014 Chernobyl Study Reveals Radioactive Impact On Ecosystem Almost 30 Years Later


A Chernobyl study has revealed massive meat eating plants, 6 legged wolves and glowing three-headed rabbits that speak fluent Italian, German and some English. Just kidding. But, while not quite as exotic, a recently released...

March 29, 2014 Climate Change Already Felt 'On All Continents And Across The Oceans,' IPCC Finds

Source: Huff Post Green

Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans", damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on...

March 29, 2014 Moody's puts Russia gov't bond rating on review for downgrade

Source: Reuters

Moody's Investors Service on Friday placed Russia's government bond rating of 'Baa1' on review for a downgrade as the conflict with Ukraine weighs on the country's economic outlook. The credit rating agency said the crisis in...

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