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June 27, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Real-time environmental risk portal launching for investors and lawyers

Source: Reuters

UNEP Chief Scientist Jacqueline McGlade and her team have just launched a new environmental portal that connects to real-time data linked to human health and economic risks. The portal is called UNEP-Live, and is rapidly being...

June 27, 2014 Goldman Says Shale Gas Boom Driving Fear From Market

Source: Bloomberg

Rising U.S. shale gas production is driving fear out of the futures market, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and will constrain prices for the next two decades. Gone will be the near tripling of costs to $15.78 as in 2005 as...

June 27, 2014 How do you demonstrate a 'sustainability premium' to investors

Source: GreenBiz

More companies are translating their sustainability efforts into revenue and productivity. But for the most part, investors don't understand or even know about the shareholder value that sustainability initiatives can create....

June 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Risk

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

On a hot Sunday 138 years ago today, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley Native Americans called the Greasy Grass. The rest is history. Speaking of unexpected defeat, wonder what ambush caused...[more]

June 26, 2014 Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential

Source: Star-Gazette

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The...

June 26, 2014 Obama Administration Widens Export Potential for U.S. Oil

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. Commerce Department opened the door to more U.S. oil exports as long as the crude is lightly processed, tempering the impact of a law that’s banned most overseas petroleum shipments for the past four decades.

June 26, 2014 Supreme Court Makes Sweeping Endorsement Of Digital Privacy

Source: Huffington Post

Police officers must get a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, an opinion that amounts to a sweeping endorsement of digital privacy. "Modern cell...

June 26, 2014 Investors Continue A Quiet March Towards Sustainability As Essential To Financials

Source: Forbes

Today sees the launch of provisional standards for industries in the Non-Renewable resources sector by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). It provides sustainability accounting standards for use by publicly...

June 25, 2014 5 Dire Warnings From Bipartisan Report on Climate Change's Economic Impact

Source: National Geographic

A Tuesday report warning of dire economic consequences from climate change, from lost property to ruined crops, is the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts aimed at garnering public support to tackle the problem.

June 25, 2014 Why sustainability leadership requires advocacy

Source: Green Biz

The continued downward slide of government leadership in driving the sustainability agenda forward, coupled with lackluster policy and advocacy engagement from the private sector, is the inconvenient truth revealed in this year’s...

June 25, 2014 The CEO aristocracy: Big bucks for the big boss

Source: Washington Post

We’ve created a new economic aristocracy in the United States: CEOs. That’s a fair reading of recent corporate pay surveys. A study by compensation consultant Equilar for the New York Times finds that Charif Souki of Cheniere...

June 25, 2014 China facing major water shortage crisis

Source: World Bulleting

China's scarce water supply is being wasted as crops grown in water-stressed provinces are exported to wet, rainfall-rich areas, a study reports. The limited resource of the 65% water coming under pressure from rapid urbanisation...

June 25, 2014 World Stocks Slide on Wall St Drop, Iraq Violence

Source: ABC News

World stock markets slumped Wednesday after Wall Street's biggest decline in two weeks and ongoing violence in Iraq dampened sentiment. Asian and European investors took their lead from Wall Street, where U.S. blue-chip bank and...

June 24, 2014 Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Source: NY Times

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts...

June 24, 2014 Court slows EPA on emissions, but largely backs its rules

Source: CNN

The Supreme Court on Monday took away some of the government's power to tighten emission standards, but preserved the majority of its authority under federal law to regulate greenhouse gases. In a 5-4 decision, the justices...

June 24, 2014 Water Scarcity May Spark Geopolitical Conflicts: Council

Source: Bloomberg

Water scarcity may spark geopolitical conflicts in such countries as those around the Tigris-Euphrates and Nile river basins, according to the World Water Council’s president. “Water and politics, they go hand-in-hand,” Benedito...

June 24, 2014 Wall St steadies after six days of gains

Source: ABC(au)

Wall Street's six-day rally ended overnight, as investors had little reason to buy with indexes at record levels. The Dow Jones closed 10 points lower at 16,937. The S&P 500 ended the session unchanged at 1,963, after last week...

June 24, 2014 3 Ways Brands Can Make Sustainability Work for Them

Source: Triple Pundit

At Forum for the Future, we believe all brands have the potential to be the solution, rather than the problem, when it comes to creating serious change. We also believe that brands could flourish in a sustainable economy.

June 23, 2014 Sustainability Should Be at the Center of Corporate Governance: UNEP Report

Source: Just Means

A new model of governance for sustainability seeks to identify corporate governance practices that can effectively bring about a culture of sustainability within business organizations. In an integrated system of governance,...

June 23, 2014 The Coming Climate Crash (oped)

Source: NY Times

THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many...

June 23, 2014 Brent Rises Near Nine-Month High on Iraq

Source: Bloomberg

Brent traded near the highest level since September and West Texas Intermediate gained as militants in Iraq seized more territory and President Obama warned that the crisis may spill over into other countries. Brent futures...

June 23, 2014 China’s widening investment in the US, at a glance

Source: Washington Post

Chinese investment in the United States reached a record $14 billion last year, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm. Across the country, Chinese companies are opening factories or expanding existing ones and creating...

June 20, 2014 Europe on track for 2020 energy efficiency goal: report

Source: Reuters

The European Union is almost on track to reach its goal of improving energy savings by a fifth by 2020 and may consider a significantly higher target for the next decade, according to a draft European Commission document seen by...

June 20, 2014 These 5 charts show why the world is still failing on climate change

Source: VOX

There's a fair bit of optimism in green circles that fossil fuels are dying and renewables like wind and solar are set to take over. Al Gore has a hopeful new essay in Rolling Stone along these lines, arguing that "a powerful,...

June 20, 2014 Market Structure Map - First Things First

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

If you’re in a tree sawing off a branch, note which side of it you’re standing on. The guy studying the branch was Brad Katsuyama, CEO at dark pool IEX, which has designs on exchange-hood. He was speaking along with others...[more]

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