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November 2, 2015 So how’s the American middle class, really?

The old image of the “middle class” as an aspirational state of being – upward mobility coupled with a measure of financial stability – hasn’t disappeared. But it’s under stress as much as at any time in the postwar era. Fewer...

November 2, 2015 Global response ‘keeps door open’ to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius: UN

Source: eco-business

An unprecedented worldwide effort is underway to combat climate change, building confidence that nations can cost effectively meet their stated objective of keeping global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius, the United...

October 30, 2015 Making The Legal Case Against Exxon Mobil

Source: Seeking Alpha

The story regarding the alleged cover up of scientific data by Exxon (NYSE:XOM) executives first began to get attention when The Guardian ran a July article looking at numerous internal Exxon emails. Since then, the story has...

October 30, 2015 Everyone’s favorite climate change fix

Source: The Guardian

Economists, officials, and executives across the globe are increasingly united around using carbon pricing to stem the rise of greenhouse gas emissions. Can it work?

October 30, 2015 Report: Measuring sustainability through a corporate lens

Source: GreenBiz

Companies today are experiencing greater integration of sustainability into the business, due in part to increased buy-in from leaders regarding the benefits of sustainability."

October 30, 2015 Strong sustainability track record can account for 11% of a company's value - report

Source: The Guardian

How much is a good reputation worth? Volkswagen recently demonstrated the cost of a bad one: in the two days after its emissions scandal broke, its share price plummeted, wiping out almost almost $28bn in market value. On...

October 29, 2015 Fed puts December rate hike firmly on the agenda

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and in a direct reference to its next policy meeting put a December rate hike firmly in play.

October 29, 2015 House passes budget deal, Senate expected to act this week

Source: Washington Post

Congress on Wednesday moved a step closer to clearing a bipartisan budget deal that would boost spending for domestic and defense programs over two years while suspending the debt limit into 2017.

October 29, 2015 October to be the hottest on record – and global warming is likely to blame

Source: The Age (AU)

October 28, 2015 Is freshwater supply more dependent on good governance than geography?


Is freshwater supply more dependent on good governance than geography? Scientists have analysed 19 different characteristics critical to water supply management in 119 low per capita income countries and found that vulnerability...

October 28, 2015 Earthquake risk analysis shows U.S. nuclear plants safe: NRC

Source: Reuters

Nuclear power plants in the United States are safe to continue operating but need to conduct an in-depth analysis where appropriate, as far as earthquake hazards are concerned, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on...

October 28, 2015 Volkswagen, Tinged With Scandal, Posts Its First Quarterly Loss in Years

Source: NY Times

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen said on Wednesday that it had a net loss of $1.84 billion in the third quarter, its first quarterly decline in more than a decade, as it set aside a huge sum to help cover the expected damage from the...

October 28, 2015 How sustainability should shape the American diet

Source: MSNBC

The World Health Organization’s somewhat startling finding this week, that processed meats can be carcinogenic, has suddenly brought national dietary policy into sharp focus. Although the headline is an unsettling one, it is...

October 27, 2015 Charting the Markets: The Two-Day Fed Meeting Looms Large

Source: Bloomberg

The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day meeting on interest rates Tuesday. It's more a case of the message policymakers convey than what they do, with the cost of borrowing forecast to stay at a record low. Put simply, there's...

October 27, 2015 28 Predictions for the Future of Sustainability

Source: Bentley University

Where is the environmental sustainability movement headed? Experts offer their options

October 27, 2015 White House and Republican leaders reach budget deal

Source: LA Times

The White House and congressional Republican leaders reached a budget agreement late Monday that would resolve the stalemate over paying for federal programs and could end the threat of another government shutdown for the rest of...

October 27, 2015 Report predicts temperatures too hot for humans in Persian Gulf

Source: Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Rising global temperatures could push the sun-baked cities of the Persian Gulf across a threshold unknown since the start of civilization: the first to experience temperatures that are literally too hot for human...

October 26, 2015 More Innovation is Needed in Sustainability Reporting: Consider ‘4-D’

Source: Triple Pundit

Sustainable Brands’ recent New Metrics ’15 conference in Boston included a plethora of experts from around the world lauding new methods to measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of their companies. The...

October 26, 2015 Yellen, consensus-builder, needs to send strong signal at Fed meet

Source: Reuters

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, praised as an adept listener and consensus builder, may need to adopt a stronger tone at this week's policy meeting if she expects to keep a December interest rate rise in play.

October 26, 2015 China's Leaders Shift From Short-Term Stimulus to Five-Year Plan

Source: Bloomberg

China’s leaders gathering in Beijing this week to formulate the 13th five-year plan confront an era of sub-7 percent economic growth for the first time since Deng Xiaoping opened the nation to the outside world in the late 1970s.

October 26, 2015 To learn to battle drought, California turns to the experts: Australia

Source: CSMonitor

Los Angeles — In the middle of the worst drought in state history, a group of California lawmakers have headed Down Under. The reason is simple: Australia, over the course of its own 12-year drought, has become a showcase of what...

October 23, 2015 Paris climate summit will hinge on climate aid: poor nations

Source: Reuters

More funds to help poor nations cope with climate change will be the make-or-break issue when a Paris summit seeks a U.N. deal in December to slow global warming, the main group of developing nations said on Thursday.

October 23, 2015 China environment bureau says Coca-Cola bottling plant falsified pollution data

Source: Reuters

An environmental protection bureau in northwest China said police temporarily detained an executive at a Coca-Cola Co bottling facility in Gansu province after it found the facility had falsified pollution data.

October 23, 2015 How to set sustainability goals amidst change

Source: Green Biz

Google "2020 sustainability goals" and you’re likely to turn up a Who’s Who of U.S. companies and a lengthy roster of targets and commitments.

October 23, 2015 ESG Investing Is Thriving In Europe And The United States

Source: Seeking Alpha

ESG (environmental, social, and governance)-themed and SRI (socially responsible investing) movements continue to trend upward in the United States and Europe and subsequently they put more pressure on corporate boards and...

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