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July 22, 2014 China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

Source: Reuters

The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands...

July 22, 2014 Why targeting 4 human emotions is key to marketing sustainability

Source: The Guardian

While brands have been remarkably successful at feeding universal human drives, such as the desire for adventure, power or status, sustainability has not been seeing the same success in its messaging. What sustainability needs to...

July 22, 2014 Report: Hedge funds escaped billions in taxes

Source: USA Today

Two large banks used a complex financial scheme to help 13 hedge funds avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes and evade federal borrowing limits on brokerage accounts over a 15-year period, according to the findings of a...

July 21, 2014 Sonic cannons for E. Coast: Obama approves oil exploration despite ‘threat to sea life’

Source: RT

The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.

July 21, 2014 Wall Street reform law only half done

Source: CNN Money

Four years have passed since Congress passed a reform law aimed at limiting the fallout of another Wall Street collapse. Only half of the intended rules are in place

July 21, 2014 Take sustainability seriously if you want to attract 'Generation Y'

Source: TTG Digital

This is the generation that was brought up to be the “Green Generation”; they choose the products they buy and the companies they buy from very carefully. These potential employees were taught about sustainability at school. ...

July 21, 2014 Commodities: Water should be traded on financial markets to avoid global crisis

Source: The Telegraph

Britain, as the rest of the world, is facing a water crisis, leading some experts to predict that by the end of the decade H2O will be traded on financial markets like other finite commodities such as crude oil, or iron ore....

July 18, 2014 Germany is most energy efficient major economy, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Germany is the world's most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday. The study of 16 major economies by the Washington-based...

July 18, 2014 Report: Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record

Source: Science Magazine

A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers...

July 18, 2014 Why sustainability requires leadership training

Source: GreenBiz

Sustainability is now firmly on the radar screen of business. Along with their ongoing focus on economic issues, two-thirds of executives and managers now consider social and environmental issues as significant or very...

July 18, 2014 BitRegulation! NY plans new rules for virtual currencies

Source: CNBC

The State of New York is weighing a raft of new rules to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the state's financial regulators announced on Thursday, proposing to issue a "BitLicense" that would protect consumers,...

July 18, 2014 FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs for Online Pharmacies

Source: Bloomberg

FedEx Corp. (FDX:US) was accused in a federal indictment of delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies.

July 17, 2014 U.S. Treasury urges Congress to act on corporate tax dodge deals

Source: Reuters

Calling for a new sense of "economic patriotism," U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on Wednesday to take steps quickly to discourage U.S. companies from moving their tax domiciles abroad to avoid federal...

July 17, 2014 California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe

Source: Business Insider

California's current drought will cost the state $2.2 billion and 17,000 jobs, researchers announced at a press conference July 15 in Washington, D.C. The findings are from a new report from the UC Davis Center for Watershed...

July 17, 2014 Harness these forces to transform your sustainability practices

Source: GreenBiz

Sustainability is no ordinary change-management challenge. An entire economic system is in transition. That’s why forces beyond the ordinary are so badly needed. Over the past two years, while doing research for my new book,...

July 17, 2014 Market Structure Map - CYNK Me

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Movie tip: Karen and I took our visiting teenaged nephew to see Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise. Hysterically entertaining. Appropriate for teens (scary monsters but no gore), and gripping for adults! There was a 1982...[more]

July 16, 2014 #Fail: Why CEOs and consumers are out of step on sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

A new global study on consumers and companies reveals a troubling disconnect on sustainability. Its findings shed much-needed light on why consumers remain both hopeful and skeptical on whether companies are truly engaged — and...

July 16, 2014 Yellen Tempers Economic Expectations, Promises Fed Support In Congressional Testimony

Source: Forbes

In her semi-annual testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen drew a somber portrait of current economic conditions. While she pointed to many...

July 16, 2014 Two Fukushima reactors safe to switch on: Watchdog

Source: Times Live

Japan's nuclear watchdog said that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a major step towards restarting the country's nuclear plants which were shut after the Fukushima crisis.

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

Source: FT.com

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

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