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November 12, 2014 British, U.S. and Swiss Regulators Fine Big Banks $3.3 Billion in Foreign Exchange Scandal

Source: NY Times

British, American and Swiss regulators fined five of the world’s biggest banks a combined $3.3 billion on Wednesday for conspiring to manipulate the foreign currency markets, the latest scandal to hit an industry facing increased...

November 12, 2014 Global Warming Makes Marine Dead Zones Worse, Study Says


A new study says that scientists underestimated the effects global warming is having on dead zones in bodies of water across the world. When fertilizer runoff is introduced into a body of water, it brings added nutrients like...

November 12, 2014 Fukushima Radiation Found in Pacific Off California’s Coast

Source: Bloomberg

Oceanographers have detected isotopes linked to Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant off California’s coast, though at levels far below those that could pose a measurable health risk.

November 10, 2014 Shale Drillers Idle Rigs From Texas to Utah Amid Oil Rout

Source: Bloomberg

The shale-oil drilling boom in the U.S. is showing early signs of cracking. Rigs targeting oil sank by 14 to 1,568 this week, the lowest since Aug. 22, Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said yesterday. The Eagle Ford shale formation in...

November 10, 2014 The Green Giant: 5 Questions with Walmart Sustainability VP Manuel Gomez

Source: BrandChannel

Walmart is increasing its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, which is a very good thing given that with 2014 sales on track to pass $473 billion and more than 2 million employees worldwide, Walmart’s industry...

November 10, 2014 World governments failing Earth's ecosystems, says top conservationist

Source: The Guardian (UK)

Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading...

November 10, 2014 Mark Carney: No more bank bail-outs (UK)

Source: Telegraph (UK)

The Governor of the bank of England, in his position as chairman of the international Financial Stability Board (FSB), has unveiled proposals for forcing creditors to bear banks' losses.

November 7, 2014 What Is the Carbon Limit?

Source: Yale Environment 360

Scientists are offering widely varying estimates of how much carbon we can emit into the atmosphere without causing dangerous climate change. But establishing a so-called carbon budget is critical if we are to keep the planet a...

November 7, 2014 Fed Concern With Repeat of 1937 Blunder Echoed by Markets

Source: Bloomberg

The specter of 1937 is weighing on the minds of top Federal Reserve officials as they work on a road map for unwinding their unprecedented economic stimulus. That was the year, following a recovery from the Great Depression, that...

November 7, 2014 GRI Unveils New Structure to Reinforce Global Standards in Sustainability Reporting

Source: Just Means

Accurate, timely and comprehensive sustainability implementation and reporting can help businesses improve their productivity. It contributes to increased motivation level of the employees, and enhances the relationships of the...

November 7, 2014 'Trojan Horse' Bug Lurking in Vital US Computers Since 2011 - text/video

Source: ABC

A destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

November 6, 2014 Dow, S&P 500 close at records after midterm vote

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with both the S&P 500 and Dow advancing to records, after Republicans took control of the Senate, allaying fears of drawn-out runoffs and raising investor hopes for more business- and...

November 6, 2014 Leadership on Sustainability Must Include Helping Shape Smart Policy

Source: The Energy Collective

This past year, we’ve seen some bold action by companies in what we’ve dubbed the business-policy nexus, and it’s taking several different forms. Some have been calling for state or federal action on environmental impacts, while...

November 6, 2014 4 Ways Election Results Could Intensify U.S. Energy Battles

Source: National Gepgraphic

The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, the result of Tuesday's election, may alter the nation's posture on energy and the environment. The power shift could put a climate change denier in charge of a key environment panel,...

November 5, 2014 Dissatisfaction and turnout drove Republican win

Source: Washington Post

A sharp drop in turnout, a wave of voter unhappiness with both parties and a geographically favorable slate of Senate races combined to give the GOP the advantage it needed to pull off an unexpectedly strong victory Tuesday...

November 5, 2014 Sustainable Brands: The Greening of Apple Under Lisa Jackson

Source: Brand Channel

Apple places high priority on its environmental credentials, including launching a microsite on its eco-responsibility, releasing "Better," an Earth Day video narrated by CEO Tim Cook, and placing ads about its sustainability...

November 5, 2014 U.S. Deficit Decline to 2.8% of GDP Is Unprecedented Turn

Source: Bloomberg

Robust economic growth has helped push the U.S. budget deficit down to the lowest level since 2008, marking the sharpest turnaround in the government’s fiscal position in at least 46 years.

November 5, 2014 Falling Oil Prices Reveal America's Fracking Trap -- And Saudi Arabia's Continued Energy Dominance

Source: Huff Post

LONDON -- The end of the shale boom is nigh. The recent plunge in oil prices reveals an economic and geological reality that some brave industry analysts depict, but which power brokers in Washington, Houston and on Wall Street...

November 5, 2014 Banning Greenhouse Gases Is No Magic Bullet For Global Warming

Source: Science 2.0

It has slowly dawned on climate researchers that promoting the belief that curbing CO2 will prevent climate change has been a bad idea. American and European CO2 emissions have gone down, for example, but Asia's has risen, and we...

November 4, 2014 Why Is UN Report So Certain Humans Caused Climate Change?

Source: NBC News

The science laid out in a new U.N. report is clear and stark: Our fossil-fueled economy has irreversibly changed the global climate. Less certain is whether we'll change lifestyles to confront rising seas and supercharged storms,...

November 4, 2014 JPMorgan: Feds pursuing "criminal" ForEx probe

Source: USA Today

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) disclosed Monday that the New York-based global bank is in talks with the Department of Justice over a criminal investigation of its foreign exchange business.

November 4, 2014 Building Innovation Into Sustainability: Keep Ahead Of Your Competitors

Source: Forbes

Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees —...

November 4, 2014 GCHQ's Robert Hannigan says tech firms 'in denial' on extremism

Source: BBC News

Robert Hannigan said some internet firms were "in denial" about how their services were being misused by groups such as Islamic State. He called for greater co-operation with security services from the companies. None of the...

November 3, 2014 U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet On Global Warming

Source: NY Times

COPENHAGEN — The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major...

November 3, 2014 Megacities Could Give $2 Trillion Boost to Growth and Sustainability in China

Source: Just Means

Conventional wisdom in China suggests that reduction of the overpopulated megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen would best promote equitable growth and sustainability. However, new thinking is emerging that...

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