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July 16, 2014 Calif. OKs $500 fines for wasting water

Source: USA Today

California water regulators Tuesday approved fines for washing cars, watering lawns or hosing down sidewalks after revised figures showed that residents have increased consumption despite calls for big cutbacks amid the state's...

July 15, 2014 Companies Don't Care Anymore That You Don't Care Anymore About This Sustainability Thing

Source: Bloomberg

It kind of doesn't matter to serious companies that some people still dismiss corporate sustainability as empty green PR. “It kind of doesn't matter," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in an interview last month. "We do it because it's...

July 15, 2014 A Guide to Yellen Testimony: No Rush to Tighten

Source: BusinessWeek- Bloomberg

Here’s what to look for when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. today and before the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow.

July 15, 2014 8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous

Source: The Guardian

Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological...

July 15, 2014 Company striving for sustainability

Source: Go Upstate

The BMW brand is so closely tied to a vision of sustainable environmental stewardship that it has become part of the auto manufacturer's corporate identity to South Carolina's conservation leaders.

July 15, 2014 FT series: A world without water


In the first instalment of a series on the threat of water scarcity, Pilita Clark describes the cost to companies

July 14, 2014 This Billionaire Gets It! - text/video

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Billionaire Nick Hanauer makes more sense in a 5-minute TED Talk video—which, BTW, was apparently temporarily banned by TED Talk execs—than any supply-side economist has in decades (see video below). Hanauer earned his money the...[more]

July 14, 2014 'Wild west' of eco-labels: sustainability claims are confusing consumers - The choices are endless: eggs have more eco-labels than any other product, according to GreenerChoices, a website from the non-profit consumer advocacy group îConsumers Unionî. And yet this litany of...

July 14, 2014 Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds

Source: Reuters

Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis has found. During the past four decades, the number of days a year that tidal waters reached or...

July 14, 2014 Why Europe May Gain the Edge for Investors

Source: NY Times

At first glance, the case for investing in Europe isn’t all that compelling. After suffering through the longest recession in a generation, Europe’s economy is barely treading water. Growth is so sluggish there, in fact, that the...

July 11, 2014 New Partnership Offers Clients of Governance & Accountability Institute Access to RepRisk Comprehensive ESG Intelligence

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York/Zurich – As part of its portfolio of resources to help managers identify, understand, monitor, and address their sustainability challenges, the Governance & Accountability (G&A) Institute will now bring the benefits of...[more]

July 11, 2014 Is a sustainable supply chain an obligation or necessity?

Source: Packaging Digest

Over the past decade, sustainability across industries has evolved and grown in importance. Most organizations that once felt it was something they needed to do to meet their social, legal and regulatory responsibilities, today...

July 11, 2014 Cities and businesses prepare for the threat climate change poses to water

Source: The Guardian

Cities are home to half the world's population and produce a staggering 80% of global GDP. As more of us continue to migrate to cities, these numbers are widely expected to grow. According to the latest report from the...

July 11, 2014 World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments

Source: The Guardian

An umbrella group of churches, which represents over half a billion Christians worldwide, has decided to pull its investments out of fossil fuel companies. The move by the World Council of Churches, which has 345 member churches...

July 11, 2014 Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

Source: Reuters

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

July 11, 2014 Fish lesions linked to 2010 Gulf oil spill

Source: UPI

Fish in the Gulf of Mexico have suffered skin lesions as a result of spilled crude oil, say scientists from the University of South Florida who, for the last four years, have been monitoring the effects of the 2010 Deepwater...

July 11, 2014 Setting Standards For Corporate Responsibility And Sustainability -- Together

Source: Forbes

If there were any lingering doubts on sustainability moving into the mainstream and increasingly deemed essential to financials in corporate boardrooms, they should have been checked again by yesterday’s events in London. The...

July 10, 2014 Study: Shoppers more focused on sustainability

Source: BizReport

When it comes to spending money, more global consumers are looking at what brands give back to the world - and not just in the products offered. According to a new report out from Nielsen just over half of the global online...

July 10, 2014 Fed mulls policy exit, October end of asset purchases: FOMC minutes

The Federal Reserve has begun detailing how it plans to ease the U.S. economy out of an era of loose monetary policy, indicating it will end its asset purchases in October and appearing near agreement on a plan to manage interest...

July 10, 2014 NYC Summers Will Be Hotter Than Florida By 2100 But We'll Be Dead So Whatever Right?

Source: Gothamist

A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent to an average July day...

July 10, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Empty Chair

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

There’s the old joke about camels. They’re horses designed by a committee. Speaking of committees, for the second time in a month, that august federal legislative chamber the US Senate yesterday convened a hearing on markets....[more]

July 9, 2014 ‘Time is not on our side’, says Ban, hailing new report on curbing carbon emissions


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, introducing a new United Nations-backed report outlining pathways major industrial economies can use to cut their carbon emissions by mid-century, called today for broad cooperation and “bold”...

July 9, 2014 If It's a War on Coal, Coal Is Winning

Source: Bloomberg

As wars go, the fight between clean and dirty energy sources is more like a centuries-old religious conflict than shock and awe. That’s one lesson from a new study of U.S. power generation by the Oxford Institute for Energy...

July 9, 2014 The U.S. Middle Class Is Turning Proletarian

Source: Forbes

The biggest issue facing the American economy, and our political system, is the gradual descent of the middle class into proletarian status. This process, which has been going on intermittently since the 1970s, has worsened...

July 9, 2014 Promote sustainability without disadvantaging business

Source: Statesman Journal

Oregon’s natural resources are valued by the public and support biodiversity, tourism and tens of thousands of jobs in the forest products industry. Policies for this economic sector should serve the well-being of all Oregonians....

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