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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.

September 3, 2014 How to make Wall Street notice sustainability leaders

Source: Greenbiz

Companies that have made sustainability a core element of their business strategies often find that their efforts deliver significant value. The gains in the marketplace can come in the form of reduced risk, lower costs,...

September 2, 2014 Has climate change become a business story?

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

One of the more robust periods of study in the modern history of climate change has taken place this past year. It began in September 2013 with a report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which...

September 2, 2014 China Targeting Foreign Companies, American Chamber Says

Source: Bloomberg

China is targeting foreign companies with opaque laws and rules, according to a group representing U.S. businesses there, contributing to a deteriorating environment for investment in the nation.

September 2, 2014 Taking Sustainability Beyond the Company Walls

Source: Triple Pundit

A thoughtful article in the Economist suggests we should be more rigorous with the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in the corporate world, granting it to the broad efforts undertaken by companies like SABmiller and Unilever.

September 2, 2014 Tarnished by the Enron scandal, can this brand be saved?

Source: Washington Post

The name Arthur Andersen took one of the most dramatic falls in U.S. corporate history, disgraced in the Enron scandal – but it might be poised to make a comeback in a risky rebranding led by former employees.

September 2, 2014 Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'

Source: BBC News

Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the...

September 2, 2014 Food Supply Threatened in Ebola-Ravaged West Africa, Says U.N.

Source: Time

The disease-stricken region is facing a fresh crisis, as it contends with meager food supplies and sky-high prices. The Ebola epidemic that has killed some 1,550 people in West Africa since March is now expected to whittle the...

September 1, 2014 Why plants in the office make us more productive

Source: Cardiff University

‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. In the first field study of its kind, published today, researchers found enriching a ‘lean’ office...[more]

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