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January 14, 2015 Oil Prices And The Significant, Long-Lasting Impact On The Economy

Source: Forbes

In 2014, a number of events will go down in history as major, market-moving events. From an economic viewpoint, though, perhaps no other event will have a more significant and long-lasting impact than the collapse of oil prices....

January 14, 2015 China Calls for Local Targets to Curb Coal Use to Cut Pollution

Source: Bloomberg

China asked four regions including Shanghai and Guangdong to set targets for reducing coal use by the end of June as part of efforts to curb pollution. Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang are among...

January 13, 2015 Why Voluntary Pledges Won't Save the Climate

Source: HUFF Post

The world must have an enforceable mandatory global climate agreement instead of relying on voluntary greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) pledges and a patchwork of bilateral agreements.*

January 13, 2015 Fed may hike rates even in absence of inflation pickup -Lockhart

Source: Reuters

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Monday the central bank may begin raising interest rates even if inflation is not clearly rising to its 2 percent target. The drop in energy prices has made inflation...

January 13, 2015 Sustainability Reports Should Have Nothing To Do With CSR

Source: CSRWire

Obviously, sustainability reporting regards CSR. I am a researcher in the field of corporate sustainability, and non-financial reporting is my main research interest. I have investigated the relationship between non-financial...

January 13, 2015 Globally, women gain corporate board seats -- but not in the US

Source: Fortune

The push for women to gain corporate board seats is having an impact in many countries. Progress is possible. That seems to be the message from Catalyst’s new global census of women on boards, which counts the number of women...

January 12, 2015 Sustainability and Business Ethics

Source: Pulse

“Ethics” comes from the Greek word ethikos from ethos, which means “custom” or “habit.” Human behavior can often be distilled into nothing more than habit—the reoccurring thoughts and belief systems that inform and direct our...

January 12, 2015 European Central Bank Policy Makers Remain Divided on Bond Purchases

Source: NY Times

Top officials of the European Central Bank offered dueling views over the weekend on how to deal with the risk of a downward price spiral in the eurozone, a sign that internal debate continues ahead of a crucial meeting next week.

January 12, 2015 Why the next world war will be fought over food

FORTUNE - The world has a massive food crisis on its hands. The crisis is so big that organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations say there won't be enough food to feed the global population when it jumps from the...

January 12, 2015 Beef Industry Groups Meet to Discuss Sustainability but Leave with a Marketing Plan - A coalition of beef producers and major food companies met last month in Brazil to address an issue of increasing importance: the significant, harmful environmental impact of raising beef cattle in a world...

January 12, 2015 97% of fracking now operating at a loss at current oil prices

Daily Kos - The grade settled at $50.04 a barrel. Thatâs below the break-even price for 37 of 38 U.S. shale oilfields, according to Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî. Shale oil fracking and Canadian tar sand is...

January 9, 2015 Challenges In Effective Sustainability Reporting; 2015 And Beyond

Source: CSRWire

As 2015 kicks off a New Year and new planning cycle for the gathering of data to support corporate reporting on ethical and sustainable business practices it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on key issues from 2014 and...

January 9, 2015 U.S. holiday season beats expectations on late shopping surge

Source: Reuters

A spending boost from plunging gas prices in the final stretch of December and stronger online buying led to a better-than-expected finish to a holiday shopping season that had been marked by steep discounts and scattered...

January 9, 2015 US stock indexes jump for a second day, erasing 2015 losses(Thur.)

Source: Miami Herald

Investors sent shares sharply higher for a second straight day Thursday, erasing losses from the first few days of 2015. The gains were driven by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and hopes for economic...

January 9, 2015 Market Structure Map - Adapting

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

CNBC is leaving Nielsen for somebody who’ll track viewer data better. Nielsen says CNBC is off 13% from 2013. CNBC says Nielsen misses people viewing in new ways. Criticize CNBC for seeming to kill a messenger with an unpopular...[more]

January 8, 2015 Fed looks past a world in turmoil, confident in U.S. recovery

Source: Reuters

U.S. central bankers have looked beyond a global deflation threat, fear of energy-sector bond defaults, and a surge of oil patch layoffs to reach what appears to be a firm conclusion: the U.S. recovery is here to stay.

January 8, 2015 Will 2015 Be the Year of the Climate?

Source: Pacific Standard

Could 2015 finally be the year, and could climate change be the reason? Most politicians around the globe now accept the reality of climate change (except for a few non-scientists in the U.S. Congress). There are many...

January 8, 2015 U.S. oil exports set record

Source: News Observer

HOUSTON — The U.S. exported a record amount of crude oil in November after a five-year run of production growth that has made the country the most oil-independent in 20 years. Read more here:...

January 8, 2015 2015 prediction: sustainability will be written into every job description

Source: The Guardian

The year 2014 marked the tipping point in recovery from the global financial crisis, with housing and stock prices rising as unemployment falls. In sustainability, the jobs market is also on the upswing.

January 7, 2015 Eurozone Enters Deflation -- But What Is The Risk Of A Downward Spiral?

Source: Forbes

An important Rubicon was crossed this morning as it was finally confirmed that the Eurozone as a bloc has slipped into negative inflation – the flash estimate for annual HICP inflation came in at -0.2%. (I’ve used negative...

January 7, 2015 Is corporate sustainability reporting a great waste of time?

Source: The Guardian

What could be less sustainable than reams of reporting that no one reads? That’s the concern voiced in a recent report by strategic thinktank and consultancy SustainAbility, which warns that companies are wasting time and money...

January 7, 2015 “The American Moment”: API president delivers the 2015 State of American Energy

Source: Bakken News

The price of oil is low and some in the energy industry are sweating in a calamity of the unknown. However, America stands on the cusp of becoming an unprecedented energy leader in the world market. Proven reserves of crude oil...

January 7, 2015 2015 Top 10 trends in corporate governanc

Source: Canadian Lawyer Magazine

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is my list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are, or should be doing in response.

January 6, 2015 Some optimism for 2015 is justified given emerging consensus on climate change

Source: Irish Times

The temptation is to mark another year in the climate change debate by citing the latest evidence of global warming; more frequent weather extremes with consequent devastation in pockets around the globe. The passing of 2014,...

January 6, 2015 Brutal cold snap hits eastern half of U.S.

Source: Reuters

A bitter cold snap is freezing most of the eastern half of the United States, driving the mercury below zero in the Midwest on Monday, with possible freezing temperatures as far south as Atlanta later this week, forecasters...

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