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September 10, 2014 Climate Week NYC Will Help Secure Critical Business and Government Buy-In for a Global Climate Deal Next Year

Source: Huff Post

In a couple of weeks, New York City will be host to more than a hundred events about climate change. From roundtables showcasing the latest low carbon innovation, to mass gatherings demanding climate action, this unprecedented...

September 10, 2014 Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense

Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability is a priority for food and beverage companies, yet it’s a challenge to implement, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. The State of Sustainability at Food and Beverage Companies gauged attitudes toward...

September 10, 2014 Fed proposes higher capital rule for largest banks

Source: Channel News Asia

US regulators plan to raise capital requirements for the largest banks above global standards to ensure they do not place the financial system at risk, a top central banker said on Tuesday

September 10, 2014 Poll: Voters skeptical of fed's energy agenda

Source: The Hill

A poll released Tuesday by the conservative group American Energy Alliance (AEA) found that 65 percent of likely voters want their state, not the federal government, to decide what energy sources power their electricity supply.

September 9, 2014 Dollar hits six-year high versus yen on Fed study, sterling woes continue

Source: Reuters

The dollar scaled a 6-year high against the yen and hit a 14-month peak against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, tracking rising U.S. yields after a Federal Reserve study led investors to reassess prospects for higher interest...

September 9, 2014 Treasury's Lew urges action on 'inversion' tax deals

Source: Reuters

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called on Monday for prompt action to stem the surge of U.S. businesses reincorporating abroad in "inversion" deals to avoid corporate U.S. income taxes, but offered no new ideas.

September 9, 2014 CO2 surge drove greenhouse gas levels to new high in 2013

Source: Reuters

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.

September 9, 2014 Inside the Walmart-Target products summit

Source: GreenBiz

Over the last 12 months, there has been impressive movement to increase ingredient transparency and replace a number of chemicals of concern in consumer products. Walmart announced a “Sustainable Chemistry Policy” and a list of...

September 8, 2014 Activists promise biggest climate march in history

Source: The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of New York, London and eight other cities worldwide in a fortnight to pressure world leaders to take action on global warming, in what organisers claim will be...

September 8, 2014 Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground

Source: NY Times

IF there is a traditional path to becoming an impact investor, it is the one taken by David Keller, who made a lot of money at a young age and retired from Cisco Systems in his 40s in 2002. Mr. Keller got the idea of starting...

September 8, 2014 Electrolux to Buy G.E. Appliances Business for $3.3 Billion

Source: NY Times

LONDON – General Electric said on Monday that it had agreed to sell its appliances business for $3.3 billion in cash to Electrolux of Sweden, parting ways with the century-old division that gave birth to the washer-dryer and the...

September 8, 2014 Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown groundwater

Source: SF Gate

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24 unexpectedly forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creek beds and parched streams in the region.

September 8, 2014 69% of chemical industry has embraced sustainability, says Genomatica and ICIS survey

Source: Bio Fuel Digest

In California, Genomatica has announced the results of a survey on sustainability issues in the chemical industry.

September 5, 2014 Euro left reeling after ECB's liquidity splurge

Source: Reuters

The euro was deep in the red on Friday, having suffered its steepest fall in three years after the European Central Bank stunned markets by cutting interest rates and embarking on a trillion-euro asset-buying binge.

September 5, 2014 'Worst Case' BP Ruling on Gulf Spill Means Billions More in Penalties

Source: Bloomberg

BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for...

September 5, 2014 Median incomes fall for all but the rich

Source: HeraldNet

WASHINGTON — The richest 10 percent of Americans were the only group whose median incomes rose in the past three years, the Federal Reserve said Thursday in a report on consumer finances.

September 5, 2014 Target, Wal-Mart team up on sustainability

Source: Star-Tribune

The nation’s two largest discount retailers took the unusual step of co-hosting a meeting in Chicago to push beauty and personal care suppliers to be more transparent about the chemicals that go into their products and to better...

September 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Without Your Knowledge

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Facebook collaborated with two respected universities to study your emotional responses when shown different kinds of news. Without your knowledge[more]

September 4, 2014 A New Economy: Democratized Capital and Sustainability

Source: IVN

The New Economy’ is striving to make capitalism local, moral, and green. Three main tenets will take us there, according to the New Economy Working Group: ecological balance, equitable distribution, and a living democracy.

September 4, 2014 Fed reports growth

Source: Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday. All 12 of the...

September 4, 2014 Study Shows Socially Responsible Investing Improves Performance

Source: New Amsterdam Partners

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 - A recent study by New Amsterdam Partners has demonstrated that asset managers can create better portfolios weeding out stocks with low ESG ratings. It also found that stocks with higher ESG ratings...[more]

September 4, 2014 U.S. Regulators Tighten Swaps Collateral Regulations

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. financial regulators eased proposed collateral requirements for swaps traded between banks, manufacturers and other firms by seeking to limit the impact on smaller companies and global liquidity.

September 3, 2014 California's 100-year drought

Source: USA Today

California is in the third year of one of the state's worst droughts in the past century, one that's led to fierce wildfires, water shortages and restrictions, and potentially staggering agricultural losses.

September 3, 2014 Former NSA Chief Says JPMorgan Hack May Be a Warning

Source: Bloomberg

Hackers who stole gigabytes of data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. may have been trying to send a message that U.S. financial institutions can be disrupted, the former director of the National Security Agency said.

September 3, 2014 Polar vortex visits to U.S. linked to climate change

Source: USA Todau

A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that's because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia.

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