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November 14, 2014 Global warming to cause 50% increase in lightning strikes across the U.S.: Study

Source: Mashable

A new study published Thursday in Science Magazine shows that the frequency of lightning flashes across the U.S. could increase by 50% during the course of this century, due to manmade global warming. This means that for every...

November 14, 2014 Fracking no 'silver bullet' for emissions cuts or energy security

Source: The Guardian

There are no scientific or technical grounds to ban fracking in Europe but it will not be a “silver bullet” to improve energy security or cut emissions, European science academies have said.

November 13, 2014 China Oct data shows economy cooling further, need for more policy support

Source: Reuters

China's economy lost further momentum in October, with factory growth dipping and investment growth hitting a near 13-year low, testing the government's resolve to avoid stronger stimulus measures.

November 13, 2014 5 Keys to Producing Successful Sustainability Reports

Source: Thomasnet

More than 90 percent of the world’s most profitable organizations engage in some form of sustainability reporting. It’s not so much a chicken-or-the-egg question to ask whether organizations that have achieved sustainability...

November 13, 2014 Keystone pipeline approval bills advance in Congress

Source: Reuters

Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Barack Obama's...

November 13, 2014 Good Corporate Governance Correlates to Higher CSR Performance and Shareholder Wealth

Source: NewsWise

Berkeley-Haas’ Center for Responsible Business has awarded its 2014 Moskowitz Prize to the authors of a study suggesting good corporate governance correlates with higher CSR initiatives. And in turn, these increased CSR...

November 12, 2014 The Fall of U.S. Fracking?

Source: Wall Street Daily

The U.S. oil industry has taken a beating from the recent drop in oil prices, which have plunged more than 25% since the summer. Oil and oil service stocks across the board have been bruised… but none more so than those related...

November 12, 2014 China, US agree limits on emissions, but experts see little new

Source: Reuters

BEIJING- China and the United States agreed on Wednesday to new limits on carbon emissions starting in 2025, but the pledge by the world's two biggest polluters appears to be more politically significant than substantive.

November 12, 2014 9 Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

Source: GreenTech Efficiency

By now, most corporate executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into a company's core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why this is so -- or worse, they proudly wear some kind of...

November 12, 2014 British, U.S. and Swiss Regulators Fine Big Banks $3.3 Billion in Foreign Exchange Scandal

Source: NY Times

British, American and Swiss regulators fined five of the world’s biggest banks a combined $3.3 billion on Wednesday for conspiring to manipulate the foreign currency markets, the latest scandal to hit an industry facing increased...

November 12, 2014 Global Warming Makes Marine Dead Zones Worse, Study Says


A new study says that scientists underestimated the effects global warming is having on dead zones in bodies of water across the world. When fertilizer runoff is introduced into a body of water, it brings added nutrients like...

November 12, 2014 Fukushima Radiation Found in Pacific Off California’s Coast

Source: Bloomberg

Oceanographers have detected isotopes linked to Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant off California’s coast, though at levels far below those that could pose a measurable health risk.

November 10, 2014 Shale Drillers Idle Rigs From Texas to Utah Amid Oil Rout

Source: Bloomberg

The shale-oil drilling boom in the U.S. is showing early signs of cracking. Rigs targeting oil sank by 14 to 1,568 this week, the lowest since Aug. 22, Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said yesterday. The Eagle Ford shale formation in...

November 10, 2014 The Green Giant: 5 Questions with Walmart Sustainability VP Manuel Gomez

Source: BrandChannel

Walmart is increasing its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, which is a very good thing given that with 2014 sales on track to pass $473 billion and more than 2 million employees worldwide, Walmart’s industry...

November 10, 2014 World governments failing Earth's ecosystems, says top conservationist

Source: The Guardian (UK)

Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading...

November 10, 2014 Mark Carney: No more bank bail-outs (UK)

Source: Telegraph (UK)

The Governor of the bank of England, in his position as chairman of the international Financial Stability Board (FSB), has unveiled proposals for forcing creditors to bear banks' losses.

November 7, 2014 What Is the Carbon Limit?

Source: Yale Environment 360

Scientists are offering widely varying estimates of how much carbon we can emit into the atmosphere without causing dangerous climate change. But establishing a so-called carbon budget is critical if we are to keep the planet a...

November 7, 2014 Fed Concern With Repeat of 1937 Blunder Echoed by Markets

Source: Bloomberg

The specter of 1937 is weighing on the minds of top Federal Reserve officials as they work on a road map for unwinding their unprecedented economic stimulus. That was the year, following a recovery from the Great Depression, that...

November 7, 2014 GRI Unveils New Structure to Reinforce Global Standards in Sustainability Reporting

Source: Just Means

Accurate, timely and comprehensive sustainability implementation and reporting can help businesses improve their productivity. It contributes to increased motivation level of the employees, and enhances the relationships of the...

November 7, 2014 'Trojan Horse' Bug Lurking in Vital US Computers Since 2011 - text/video

Source: ABC

A destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

November 6, 2014 Dow, S&P 500 close at records after midterm vote

Source: Reuters

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with both the S&P 500 and Dow advancing to records, after Republicans took control of the Senate, allaying fears of drawn-out runoffs and raising investor hopes for more business- and...

November 6, 2014 Leadership on Sustainability Must Include Helping Shape Smart Policy

Source: The Energy Collective

This past year, we’ve seen some bold action by companies in what we’ve dubbed the business-policy nexus, and it’s taking several different forms. Some have been calling for state or federal action on environmental impacts, while...

November 6, 2014 4 Ways Election Results Could Intensify U.S. Energy Battles

Source: National Gepgraphic

The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, the result of Tuesday's election, may alter the nation's posture on energy and the environment. The power shift could put a climate change denier in charge of a key environment panel,...

November 5, 2014 Dissatisfaction and turnout drove Republican win

Source: Washington Post

A sharp drop in turnout, a wave of voter unhappiness with both parties and a geographically favorable slate of Senate races combined to give the GOP the advantage it needed to pull off an unexpectedly strong victory Tuesday...

November 5, 2014 Sustainable Brands: The Greening of Apple Under Lisa Jackson

Source: Brand Channel

Apple places high priority on its environmental credentials, including launching a microsite on its eco-responsibility, releasing "Better," an Earth Day video narrated by CEO Tim Cook, and placing ads about its sustainability...

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