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March 26, 2014 IRS Says Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency, And Forms 1099 Are Required

Source: Forbes

The IRS has issued a bevy of questions and answers about digital currencies like Bitcoin. The biggest news is that it is property for tax purposes, which means that

March 26, 2014 4 tips for ringing up sustainability success in retail

Source: GreenBiz

Retailers can take pride in their sustainability progress, and the industry's stakeholders increasingly are taking interest. But with the breadth of stakeholders that are important to the industry — consumers, employees,...

March 25, 2014 UN says 2013 'extreme' weather events due to human-induced climate change

Source: Fox News

GENEVA – Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the U.N. weather agency says. The World Meteorological Organization's annual...

March 25, 2014 Thinking Big on Sustainability

Source: Government Technology

Sustainability is like dieting. It’s not something you do once and then forget about — it’s a lifestyle change. Like a healthy diet, sustainability is also something that’s good for everyone. The environmental movement is rooted...

March 25, 2014 Deepwater Horizon oil left tuna, other species with heart defects likely to prove fatal

Source: Washington Post

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill struck at the very heart of fish, a new study says. Exposed to millions of gallons of crude, young tuna and amberjack, some of the speediest predators in the ocean, developed heart defects that...

March 25, 2014 Russia Gets Ready for Life Without Visa and MasterCard

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

Is Russia ready to cut up its plastic? After Visa and MasterCard stopped processing some Russian transactions in response to U.S. sanctions, Moscow says it could launch a homegrown payment system that could be ready in as little...

March 24, 2014 Executives take note: activists are sometimes right


Executives need to beware of activist investors. They are better armed than ever before, and they are coming after ever bigger targets. As this year’s proxy season in the US comes into view, with annual meetings and board...

March 24, 2014 McDonald's Definition of "Sustainable": Brought to You by the Beef Industry

Source: Mother Jones

In January, McDonald's announced that it will begin the transition to sustainable beef in 2016. The plan was met with skepticism, since it didn't actually define "sustainable." In the weeks that followed, McDonald's continued...

March 24, 2014 U.N. climate change report details 'abrupt or drastic changes' worldwide

Source: Christian Science Monitor

A report by the a U.N. panel on climate change due this week details potential damage to nature, world economic growth, and food supplies. The report is meant to guide U.N. policies in the run-up to a 2015 summit on global...

March 24, 2014 'Pretty incredible' changes in bond market coming

Source: CNBC

Parse Janet Yellen's comments any way you want, but know one thing: This is likely to be an interesting year for bond investors. Financial markets last week took a jolt over comments from the Federal Reserve chair that traders...

March 22, 2014 Climate Scientists: We’re Alarmed. Here’s Why You Should Be, Too.

Source: Think Progress

This week, the world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has issued an uncharacteristically blunt call to action on climate change. The must-read new report by the AAAS’s...

March 22, 2014 Alpha Shareholders Cite Contradictions in Company Reporting of its Environmental Record

Source: Nes release - Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

New York, NY, Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and shareholders of Alpha Natural Resources are expressing deep concern about irregularities in company statements...[more]

March 22, 2014 Did Nasa fund 'civilisation collapse' study, or not?

Source: The Guardian

Blogger Keith Kloor, who writes for Discover magazine, claims that my article on a Nasa-funded study modelling civilisational collapse scenarios is so inaccurate that it constitutes "a sad commentary on journalism today." The...

March 22, 2014 World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Source: Fuel-fix

What does water have to do with energy? Like the song says, you can’t have one without the other. Water and energy are inseparable because water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to produce water. That’s why...

March 21, 2014 Sustainable Certified Coffee: Mere Buzzword Or Serious Industry Practice?

Source: International Business Times

Certified coffee, sometimes known as “sustainable” coffee, has a long way to go before it becomes a dominant industry norm, despite significant efforts by leading coffee companies and certifiers. Companies like Starbucks...

March 21, 2014 Stress Test Results: Big Banks Look Healthier As 29 of 30 Pass, Zions Fails

Source: Forbes

All but one bank passed the Federal Reserve’s stress test today. The Fed said 29 of the 30 big banks that underwent the Dodd-Frank Act stress test would have enough capital on hand to endure a major economic downturn. Zions...

March 21, 2014 Americans Again Pick Environment Over Economic Growth

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are more likely to say protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. Since 2009, during the economic downturn, Americans generally prioritized...

March 21, 2014 Exxon Mobil agrees to report on climate change's effect on business model

Source: Guardian

The oil giant Exxon Mobil has agreed for the first time to report on how climate change could affect its business model, campaign groups say. The groups said on Thursday that Exxon had agreed to prepare a public report on “carbon...

March 21, 2014 EU nations agree on rules to fight tax evasion after Luxembourg falls in line

Source: Brandon Sun

BRUSSELS - European Union nations on Thursday agreed on a sweeping policy to fight tax evasion after tiny Luxembourg dropped its reservations to new rules which render its secretive banking culture more transparent. Luxembourg...

March 20, 2014 A Steady 57% in U.S. Blame Humans for Global Warming

Source: Gallup

More Americans believe increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are due to pollution from human activities (57%) than to naturally occurring changes in the environment (40%). The balance of views on this issue...

March 20, 2014 Green Fracking? 5 Technologies for Cleaner Shale Energy

Source: National Geographic

It may seem strange to hear the words "fracking" and "environmentally friendly" in the same sentence. After all, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which high-pressure chemically treated water is used to crack rock formations...

March 20, 2014 Gallery: 25th anniversary of Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska

Source: Bellingham Herald

Crude oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez, top, swirls on the surface of Alaska’s Prince William Sound near Naked Island on April 9, 1989. The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on...

March 20, 2014 U.S. natural gas unlikely to go to Europe

Source: Sacramento Bee

WASHINGTON -- European nations are begging the United States to send them natural gas to blunt dependence on Russia, but a lack of infrastructure and market realities are calling into question America’s ability to flex its new...

March 20, 2014 Team of Israeli researchers redefines approach toward sustainability

Source: The Jerusalem Post

The new project begins with the premise that world has yet to come close to achieving targets that will allow for the planet’s future protection. The key to achieving a sustainable future for Israel and the world lies in the...

March 19, 2014 Scientists Sound the Alarm on Global Warming, But Americans Sleep In

Source: Time

The evidence is overwhelming: levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising. Temperatures are going up. Springs are arriving earlier. Ice sheets are melting. Sea level is rising. The patterns of rainfall and drought are...

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