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February 17, 2015 New public pension accounting rules raise red flags -Fitch

Source: Reuters

New accounting rules for public pensions are exposing the damage done by U.S. states, including New Jersey, that have failed to adequately fund their retirement systems, according to a report to be released by Fitch Ratings on...

February 16, 2015 Hackers global banking heist yielded perhaps $1 billion

Source: USA Today

An international hacking ring has stolen as much as $1 billion from more than 100 banks in 30 countries including Russia, the U.S. and China in what could be one of the biggest banking breaches ever.

February 16, 2015 Winter Weather Continues: Storm to Pelt 40 Million With Ice, Snow

Source: NBC News

More than 40 million Americans were bracing for a winter storm that was set to strengthen Monday, bringing ice that was expected to cause travel chaos and threatened to bring down power lines.

February 16, 2015 Harnessing Disruption for Sustainability

Source: Jewish Business News

After decades of reluctance on the part of world leaders, a rapid, smooth, and purposeful transition toward sustainable development seems unlikely. Indeed, throughout human history, such major changes have more often been forced...

February 16, 2015 Greece, confident as EU meeting looms, sticks to no-austerity pledge

Source: Reuters

Greece said on Sunday it was confident of reaching agreement in negotiations with its euro zone partners but reiterated it would not accept harsh austerity strings in any debt pact.

February 13, 2015 The top 10 risks for 2015: as chosen by the c-suite

Source: Information Age

What's keeping senior executives up at night? A new global survey of business executives by global consulting firm Protiviti gives us a glimpse inside their heads, and perhaps not unsurprisngly, cyber security now comes high on...

February 13, 2015 Plastic Ocean Waste Levels Going Up, Study Says

Source: NY Times

Some eight million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way into the world’s oceans each year, and the amount of the debris is likely to increase greatly over the next decade unless nations take strong measures to dispose of...

February 13, 2015 Oil tops $60 for first time in 2015, industry spending cuts support

Source: Reuters

Oil rose above $60 a barrel on Friday for the first time this year, bringing its gain this week to almost 4 percent, supported by signs that deeper industry spending cuts may curb excess supply.

February 13, 2015 Monster Hurricanes Once Plagued East Coast and May Return

Source: NBC News

While Europe was going through the Middle Ages, America's East Coast was being pummeled by hurricanes at least as intense as Katrina every 40 years or so, climate detectives say.

February 13, 2015 New York Fashion Week Drops the Ball On Sustainability

Source: Huff Post

For New Yorkers, the arrival of February means Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is right around the corner. With the first shows just days away, Soho is already abuzz as press, models, designers and industry insiders are set to descend...

February 12, 2015 After six years, Congress confronts Obama with Keystone pipeline bill (+video

Source: CS Monitor

Washington — The House of Representatives passed its eleventh bill approving the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday, and this time the bill goes straight to President Obama’s desk. The bill cleared the House in a 270 to...

February 12, 2015 Sustainability and the bottom line: the issues most likely to pay – or cost – companies big money

Source: The Guardian

When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “sustainability” continues to grow

February 12, 2015 'Unprecedented' Drought Looms for Western US

Source: Discovery

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains. Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any drought seen in at...

February 12, 2015 Fossil fuel lobby goes on the attack against divestment movement

Source: The Guardian

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,” said Mahatma Gandhi. The climate change campaign to divest from fossil fuels seems to be moving through those stages at express speed, with a sudden barrage of...

February 12, 2015 The World Can Turn the Corner on Climate Change by 2020. Here's How

Source: Huff Post

When it comes to climate action, it's a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions of the future are necessary -- but they tend to lack an essential ingredient.

February 11, 2015 Apple in big solar power deal, market cap closes over $700 billion

Source: Today Online

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc will buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday as its stock market value closed above $700 billion for the first time

February 11, 2015 These cities have figured out how to grow sustainably

Source: Quartz

European cities are living up to their reputation for being greener and more pleasant than cities in the US and the rest of the world. That’s according to a top-10 list of sustainable cities released by the design and engineering...

February 11, 2015 U.S. companies are being targeted in China (say U.S. companies)

Source: Fortune

U.S. firms believe foreign firms are being singled out by Chinese regulators, making them feel less welcome than before, according to a new survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

February 11, 2015 U.S. Announces Cybersecurity Center to 'Sync Up' Data

Source: NBC

The U.S. government is launching a cybersecurity center that will collect information on cyber threats around the nation and disseminate analysis to other departments and agencies.

February 10, 2015 ECB cannot have it both ways on problem of Greek debt

Source: Irish Examiner

The extent of the division between, on the one hand, the new Greek government seeking to renegotiate its impossible debt burden and, on the other hand, Germany and the ECB, is now evident. Greece is at the very sharp end of the...

February 10, 2015 Report calls out food/beverage brands for poor sustainability policies

Source: Packaging World

Large brands like Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, KFC, MillerCoors, and Kraft Foods are wasting valuable materials through poor packaging sustainability policies—to the tune of $11.4 billion a year. And by selling single-use food and...

February 10, 2015 Citi: Oil Could Plunge to $20, and This Might Be 'the End of OPEC'

Source: Bloomberg

The recent surge in oil prices is just a "head-fake," and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude.

February 10, 2015 Hey, California: Oklahoma had 3 times as many earthquakes in 2014

Source: Public

Earthquakes are synonymous with California to most Americans, but West Coasters might be surprised to learn they’re far from the new center of the seismic landscape in the United States. Oklahoma recorded more than three times as...

February 9, 2015 U.S. gas prices inch up as oil climbs -Lundberg survey

Source: Reuters

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose 13 cents in the past two weeks, following a nine-month price slide, due to a rise in the price of crude oil, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday.

February 9, 2015 Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

Source: The Register

A team of scientists believe they have made a "significant advance" capturing carbon dioxide with a little bit of help from baking soda.They developed microcapsules made up of "a highly permeable polymer shell" and a fluid...

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