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October 29, 2013 What we did (and didn't) learn from SandySource: CBS
Last year, Superstorm Sandy wreaked billions of dollars worth of damage on the East Coast, took numerous lives and halted the nation's largest city in its tracksFor residents, the images are unforgettable: Water cascading into a...
October 29, 2013 How sustainability leadership drives innovationSource: GreenBiz
The business case for sustainability is a well-worn litany of benefits, both tangible and intangible: cutting costs, improving quality, attracting and retaining talent and enhancing reputation, among others. Somewhere on that...
October 29, 2013 China to monitor link between smog and healthSource: Reuters
China’s Health Ministry will set up a national network within five years to provide a way of monitoring the long-term impact of chronic air pollution on human health, state media said on Monday.
Source: NBC News
The emergence of a newly identified atmospheric pattern is likely to provide two to three weeks advance warning that a stifling and potentially deadly heat wave will hit the U.S., according to a new study. Since current forecasts...
October 28, 2013 7 Myths About Ethics Which Will Hurt Your BusinessSource: Huff Post
New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people. In fact, they need an early focus on developing their moral compass, as...
October 28, 2013 Tokyo Electric told to focus on Fukushima nuke plant problemsSource: London South East
The fate of idled nuclear reactors at the world's largest atomic plant, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co, will depend on how it resolves problems at the crippled Fukushima complex, Japanese regulators said Monday. "The Nuclear...
Solar power and keg stands have one thing in common: Wal-Mart wants to profit from them. In the race for commercial solar power, Wal-Mart is killing it. The company now has almost twice as much capacity as second-place Costco. A...
October 25, 2013 Arctic Temperatures Highest in at Least 44,000 YearsSource: Live Science.com
New research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years.
October 25, 2013 Fed Proposes a Rule to Help Big Banks Stay Liquid in Times of CrisisSource: NY Times
During the financial crisis of 2008, the big banks fell dangerously short of cash, forcing them to take out enormous government loans to survive the tumult. To help prevent another giant cash squeeze, federal regulators on...
October 25, 2013 U.S. power plant emissions tumble on shift to natural gasSource: Reuters
Greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants fell 10 percent in 2012 from 2010 as more facilities switched to cleaner-burning natural gas from coal and electricity generation also fell, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
Source: Triple Pundit
The word “sustainability” means a lot of different things to different people. When we talk about global sustainability though, there is a simple definition: find ways to live today that allow all of us to thrive today and...
October 25, 2013 Contractors blame government for Obamacare website woesSource: CNN
Washington -- It was the government's fault, contractors on the problem-plagued website for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms told a congressional hearing on Thursday.
October 24, 2013 One Year After Sandy—Ignoring Climate Change at Our Own PerilSource: The Nation
It’s been one year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the eastern coast of the United States, affecting 24 states and devastating parts of New Jersey and New York. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. Millions...
October 24, 2013 Another IRS Triumph - The Treasury makes at least $11 billion a year in faulty EITC paymentsSource: Wall Street Journal
the IRS inspector general reported on Tuesday that from 2003-2012 the feds paid at least $110 billion and as much as $132.6 billion in improper earned-income tax credits. That's at least $11 billion a year, or more than the $9.5...
October 24, 2013 10 steps to developing an industry sustainability programSource: GreenBiz
One of the top trends in corporate social responsibility and sustainability is industry collaboration. As companies pursue sustainability goals more aggressively, they realize they cannot work in isolation from their economic...
October 24, 2013 Countrywide defrauded Fannie and Freddie, jury rulesSource: CNN Money
A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Countrywide Financial, now owned by Bank of America, defrauded government-backed firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them defective mortgages ahead of the financial crisis.
October 23, 2013 China, US could help push new U.N. climate deal – expertsSource: Reuters
The world’s two biggest climate polluters, China and the United States, may have new impetus to push toward a global deal to curb climate change at U.N. negotiations in Warsaw next month, experts told a conference in London on...
For the first time ever, the 10 highest-paid chief executives in the US received more than $100m in compensation last year, and two took home billion-dollar paychecks, according to a leading annual survey of executive pay.
October 23, 2013 NY Comptroller: Wall Street Profits May SlowSource: ABC News
Though Wall Street recorded $10.1 billion in profits for the first half of 2013, New York's comptroller said Tuesday that federal budget dithering, higher interest rates and litigation may slow earnings for the last half in a...
October 23, 2013 3 keys to communicate sustainability without the egoSource: GreenBiz
Sustainability communications has got harder -- and much more interesting.Gone are the days of preening and crowing about your own performance. All audiences today, from consumers to specialists, expect to receive a "return on...
October 22, 2013 Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate ChangeSource: Time
A new study shows that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now
October 22, 2013 U.S. Carbon Emissions Lowest Since 1994Source: National Journal
U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions dropped again in 2012, says the Energy Information Administration, down 3.8 percent from the year before and the lowest since 1994. The country's energy data-collector pegged emissions at 5.29...
October 22, 2013 4 Reasons the SEC's New Ratio Test Will Not Decrease CEO PaySource: Huff Post
On September 18, the SEC announced the proposal of a rule intended to increase disclosure of executive compensation as part of its ongoing effort to curb the growth of CEO pay. The new rule, promulgated under Section 953(b) of...
October 22, 2013 What Is Sustainability?Source: Envirfonmental Leader
Senior executives are typically foresighted and clear-headed in matters that are material to their business, yet are not sufficiently informed as to understand how externalities can effect financial materiality. So, first,...
October 22, 2013 Obama: Health care reform is great -- it's just the website that stinks - text/videoSource: Business Journal
It's hard to sell a product when the main way to get it doesn't work, but President Barack Obama pitched health care reform any way Monday. Standing in the Rose Garden, Obama declared that Obamacare is a great product despite the...
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