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June 1, 2015 6 trends driving businesses to double down on sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

At a sustainability Leadership Summit held by the Rainforest Alliance this month in New York, business, government and NGO leaders discussed the rapid evolution of their work in sustainability. Many said the field is actually...

May 29, 2015 Financial markets ignore climate impacts at their peril: experts

Source: Reuters

BARCELONA – Financial markets have yet to grasp the urgency of investing in measures to protect businesses and people from the worsening impacts of climate change, depriving those efforts of much-needed funds, climate finance...

May 29, 2015 U.S. economy likely shrank in first quarter, but fundamentals strong

Source: Reuters

The U.S. economy likely contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls and a resurgent dollar, but activity since has rebounded modestly.

May 29, 2015 June OPEC meeting won't cut output: Saudi paper quotes source

Source: Reuters

OPEC is not expected to cut oil production at its meeting in June, and the meeting is expected to be a short one, Saudi Arabia's Al Hayat newspaper quoted an unnamed OPEC source as saying on Thursday.

May 29, 2015 Sustainability: From Surviving To Thriving

Source: Forbes

By Ioannis Ioannou, Assistant Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School It is hard for any business leader today to ignore sustainability. Indeed, the latest UN Global Compact–Accenture CEO study...

May 28, 2015 Queen Elizabeth sets in train Britain's in-out EU referendum

Source: reuters

LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth set in motion the new government's plans for an in-out referendum on staying in the European Union on Wednesday, but left open questions about when it will be and what changes to the EU the...

May 28, 2015 The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso

Source: The Guardian

The single-serve coffee maker supports growers, but also creates a lot of waste. Its story illustrates the power and limitations of corporate sustainability programs

May 28, 2015 Barack Obama's water war

Source: Politico

The Obama administration opened its newest offensive in the water wars on Wednesday, championing protections for waterways and wetlands despite a fierce counterattack from powerhouse industries like agriculture, oil and...

May 28, 2015 ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech

Source: Politico

The CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies downplayed the effects of climate change at his company’s annual meeting Wednesday, telling shareholders his firm hadn’t invested in renewable energy because “We choose not to...

May 27, 2015 Criminals use IRS website to steal data on 104,000 people

Source: CNN Money

A "sophisticated" organized crime syndicate used the IRS website to steal tax forms full of personal financial information on 104,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.

May 27, 2015 Can companies become cities’ sustainability savior?

Source: GreenBiz

Cities and business long have had a symbiotic relationship. One provides purpose and place, the other brings people. Not sure which is which in the preceding sentence? That’s the point

May 27, 2015 Investment fund CEOs call for long-term greenhouse gas cuts

Source: Reuters

Some of the world’s biggest investment funds urged the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday to commit to a long-term goal to cut world greenhouse gas emissions as part of a U.N. climate deal due to be agreed in...

May 27, 2015 Bond Traders Uncover Secret to Rates That Fed Doesn’t Get

Source: Bloomberg

Forget 2015. The real play for bond traders is 2016. For years, the $12.6 trillion U.S. Treasury market has signaled -- correctly -- that the Federal Reserve was too optimistic in its outlook for the economy and interest rates.

May 27, 2015 NOAA's 2015 hurricane season forecast: What to expect

Source: CBS News

According to predictions released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, the East Coast is likely to get off easy this hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The...

May 26, 2015 Vatican bank profits rebound as clean-up continues

Source: South China Morning Post

The Vatican bank posted a sharp increase in net profit for last year after absorbing the costs of a clean-up that hit earnings in 2013 as part of a wide-ranging drive to tighten financial governance and eliminate abuse, a...

May 26, 2015 Top energy firms tied to almost a third of greenhouse gases -study

Source: Reuters

PARIS – Thirty-two energy companies led by Russia’s Gazprom account for almost a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions if the burning of all the coal, oil and gas they produce is taken into account, a study said on...

May 26, 2015 Oil moves further below $60 as dollar firms up

Source: MarketWatch

Crude-oil futures fell in early European trade on Monday as a rising dollar put pressure on the commodity as holidays across some major markets, including the U.S., were expected to keep trading thin.

May 26, 2015 Accountability for Sustainability Up and Down the Line


While our industry(architecture) can claim many sustainability success stories, our supply chain is still something of a ‘grey’ rather than a ‘green’ area.

May 22, 2015 OPEC may condemn the world to an oil glut for years

Source: MarketWatch

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries could flood the market with oil for years if it opts to do nothing to alter its output ceiling at a highly-anticipated meeting in June.

May 22, 2015 Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Source: Bloomberg

He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning one is a lifestyle choice—like having a compost bin in the garden and reusable diapers on the baby. His battery is...

May 22, 2015 Urgent action needed to fill environment sustainability skills gap

Source: Business Green

The global business community is heading towards a perfect storm of challenges and opportunities. The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment's (IEMA) conference aims to upskill the global workforce to face the...

May 22, 2015 Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

Source: Reuters

Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by...

May 21, 2015 Fed officials see June rate hike as unlikely - minutes

Source: Reuters

Federal Reserve officials believed it would be premature to hike interest rates in June even though most felt the U.S. economy was set to rebound from a dismal start to the year, according to minutes from their April policy...

May 21, 2015 Obama: climate change poses risk to U.S. military, national security

Source: Reuters

Rising seas, thawing permafrost and longer wildfires caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama is set to say on...

May 21, 2015 Decide Whether That Board Seat Is Right for You

Source: Harvard Business Review

For many executives, a corporate board seat is a coveted opportunity. But any invitation to take one should not be considered lightly. While the business world is overflowing with advice for companies in selecting board members,...

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