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May 31, 2016 Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Hits Profit at Biggest Brand

Source: Bloomberg

Profit at Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand crumbled 86 percent in the first quarter, highlighting the challenge the carmaker faces in emerging from the nearly nine-month-old emissions cheating scandal.

May 27, 2016 What Is Memorial Day? The History Behind This Holiday Is So Important

Source: Bustle

It is about honoring all the brave individuals who have lost their lives while serving in the military. This holiday is centuries old, and in the midst of hitting the open road with friends and partying on the beach, you should...

May 27, 2016 The Sustainability Imperative

Source: National Real Estate Investor

The concept of green buildings has come a long way, from vague ideas of changing out lightbulbs to a corporate imperative, one that transcends energy efficiency to embrace health and wellness.

May 27, 2016 North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

Source: NY Times

Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain.

May 27, 2016 Science That Can Make The Paris Agreement a Success

Source: Huff Post

With the ink now dry on the new climate agreement agreed in Paris, the euphoria of achieving a record number of signatories must now give way to practical action from the 177 nations involved. There is little room for...

May 27, 2016 Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action on economies

Source: Washington Post

SHIMA, Japan — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting...

May 26, 2016 The Sustainability Science Program at 10

Source: Harvard

In 2006, as New Orleans reeled from Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore released “An Inconvenient Truth” to international acclaim and debate, Harvard launched a University-wide program to investigate and strengthen the emerging field...

May 26, 2016 China Wants to Set Prices for the World's Commodities

Source: Bloomberg

China has put the world’s traditional financial centers on notice that it wants to develop its raw material markets as hubs for setting prices, seeking to marry the country’s commercial heft with a much greater say in determining...

May 26, 2016 Political Risk Outlook: Venezuela's Economic Emergency

Source: Forbes

Venezuela is facing the most serious economic crisis of any country in Latin America. Inflation is expected to top 400% this year and electricity companies are already failing to keep the lights on in many parts of the country....

May 26, 2016 Mystery: How much more oil can the Saudis really pump?

Source: CNN

The OPEC leader is already pumping ferociously as part of a price war aimed at recapturing market share lost to the U.S. and others. Saudi's daily oil production has surged from 9.5 million barrels in early 2014 to a near-record...

May 25, 2016 Air and water problems are worsening on a global scale, U.N. says

Source: Washington Post

In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the six different major regions of the globe. And it finds that, overall, damage to the...

May 25, 2016 US at Full Employment: SF Fed President John Williams

24/7 Wall ST - In an economics discussion on Monday at the Council on Foreign Relations, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said that he believes the United States is basically at full employment or very...

May 25, 2016 Let the Sustainability Games Begin

Source: Europe Middleeast Outlook

Following the acclaim and success of London 2012, Rio de Janeiro had a seemingly hard act to follow, but with a naturally sustainable environment, and lessons from previous Games to leverage, the city rightfully expects the bar...

May 25, 2016 Five arrested for impersonating IRS agents in phone scam

Source: Washington Post

Authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested five people in Miami who are accused of tricking 1,500 victims into paying a total of $2 million to the IRS they didn’t owe, part of a far-flung tax scam that so far has netted...

May 24, 2016 Hedge Fund Industry Embraces Merits of Sustainability Reporting

Source: Value Walk

Sustainability reporting is rapidly moving from a niche issue focused on by a handful of companies to one of global importance. Amidst growing worldwide concerns about the environmental, social and governance impact that...

May 24, 2016 Coastal Cities Look to Resilience Chiefs to Combat Climate Change

Source: Scientific America

MIAMI—On the job just six months as the chief resilience officer in Florida’s largest county, Jim Murley has gotten pretty good at his climate change 101 speech. It’s out of necessity.

May 24, 2016 Burning all fossil fuels could lead to global warmth not seen in 65 million years

Source: USA Today

If every last crumb of fossil fuel on the planet was burned — all 5.5 trillion tons of the Earth's oil, coal and natural gas now underground — the world could heat up by as much as 18 degrees in the next three centuries,...

May 24, 2016 Pandemic Insurance: World Bank launches financing mechanism

Source: OutBreak News

The World Bank Group today launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the...

May 23, 2016 What's Going to Kill You? Scientists Rank the Most Likely Causes - This Year

Source: Big Think

GCF has worked with the University of Oxford’s Global Priorities Project and the Foundation for the Future of Humanity Institute to quantify real apocalyptic risks.

May 23, 2016 Americans' Credit Card Debt Is Set to Hit $1 Trillion This Year

Source: Fortune

Based on data from the Federal Reserve, outstanding credit card debt is set to hit $1 trillion in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported. That’s a level not seen since its all-time high of $1.02 trillion in July 2008, on the eve...

May 23, 2016 Purposely profitable: What companies miss about sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

Instead of having two strategies — one strategy for the business, and one for sustainability; two separate and siloed strategies — the model presented here provides a proven, dynamic and successful solution to integrate...

May 23, 2016 Analysis: Scientists agree GMOs are safe, but unlikely to convince skeptics quickly

Source: CBC

But processed food is legitimately killing us. This study says GMOs aren't. But if you look at the two — you'd see more passion being directed at 'Frankenfoods'

May 20, 2016 India Records Its Hottest Day Ever As Temperatures Soar To 124 F

Source: Huff Post

The severe heat wave that stifled India last May caused at least 2,300 deaths across the country. It was, according to Jeff Masters, Weather Underground’s director of meteorology, the fifth deadliest heat wave in Earth’s recorded...

May 20, 2016 Cities can be building blocks of sustainability, says UC Berkeley study

Source: Berkeley News

While cities currently are the major contributor to global climate change, they could become the building blocks of sustainability, according to UC Berkeley researchers.

May 20, 2016 G7 Summit 2016: Finance Ministers Unable To Reach Consensus On Global Economic Growth

Source: International Business Times

The G-7 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting being held in Sendai, Japan, Friday and Saturday has showcased a rift in the fiscal policies of the member nations. This meeting is one in a series of discussions in...

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