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May 12, 2016 The hollowing of America's middle class

Source: CBS

The middle class has retreated in nine out of 10 U.S. metropolitan areas since 2000, as income inequality widened after the recession, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

May 12, 2016 World’s Largest Fashion Sustainability Summit to Drive Responsible Innovation

Source: Eco Watch

More than a thousand experts, NGOs, opinion makers, media and politicians gather Thursday for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit—the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. Jonas Eder-Hansen is development director at the...

May 12, 2016 WHO: 4 in 5 city dwellers live in overpolluted urban areas

Source: CNN

New research released Thursday found that air quality levels exceed WHO limits for 80% of those living in urban areas that track air pollution, putting people more at risk for respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease and lung...

May 12, 2016 California’s Wavering Water Rules

Source: Pacific Standard

California is contemplating relaxing some of its water-saving rules at the same time it’s permanently banning other flashier, water-using habits. Governor Jerry Brown issued an order on Monday that will forever forbid hosing off...

May 11, 2016 Defining Sustainability For Your Business

Source: 3bl Media

The term “sustainability" is often used interchangeably with corporate responsibility (CR), corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate citizenship, social enterprise, sustainable development, triple-bottom line, corporate...

May 11, 2016 Impact investing: Put your money where your values are

Source: CNBC

Momentum is growing, especially among millennials, to put your money where your values are. Spotlighting this trend is the recent Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, through which 31-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife...

May 11, 2016 Critics Find Flaws in U.S. Financial Transparency Rule

Source: WSJ

Hal Crawford, managing director at K2 Intelligence in the firm’s anti-money laundering and compliance practice, said there can be multiple people controlling an account, and the rule doesn’t consider that a controlling person...

May 11, 2016 2016's Most And Least Reliable Countries To Do Business In

Source: Forbes

Companies and entrepreneurs looking to spread their tendrils throughout the world step into a very complex and risky game. Doing business in one country is not necessarily the same as doing business in another.

May 10, 2016 California Governor Makes Some Water Restrictions Permanent

Source: NPR

California Gov. Jerry Brown has made some of the state's temporary water restrictions permanent. The executive order, in response to the state's drought, permanently bans wasteful practices like hosing sidewalks and washing cars...

May 10, 2016 The Business of Sustainability

Source: Laboratury Equipment

As NASA and other space agencies look to explore the possibility of habitable planets outside our world, there remains an underlying concern about the future of our own planet.

May 10, 2016 Panama Papers reveal at least 36 Americans accused of financial crimes

Source: USA Today

The journalism organization behind the Panama Papers made available to the public for the first time Monday a massive database covering more than 360,000 people and companies that have used off-shore accounts to hide assets,...

May 10, 2016 Fed's Kashkari says current U.S. interest rates 'about right'

Source: Reuters

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari on Monday signalled his support for the cautious and patient approach to rate hikes laid out by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, saying the current stance of monetary policy is...

May 9, 2016 China Stocks Sink on Trade Data to Extend Biggest Global Tumble

Source: Bloomberg

China’s stocks capped their biggest two-day loss since late February, led by commodity producers and industrial companies, as trade data disappointed and the People’s Daily warned about the country’s rising debt in a front-page...

May 9, 2016 An inside look at L'Oreal's sustainability makeover

Source: GreenBiz

For a large corporate firm chugging along in the ocean of international commerce, it takes a lot of effort to radically change direction. Itsturning circles are large and unpredictable, and during any maneuver it can find itself...

May 9, 2016 Sticker shock of fixing Flint's lead problem hints at colossal price tag for U.S.-wide remedy

Source: WHAS 11

For Americans who may think that the lead contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a distant, if unfortunate, problem, President Obama had some sobering words of caution this week, noting that Flint is just one example of...

May 9, 2016 The GOP’s Moral Dilemma

Source: Larry Checco

The soul of the Republican Party is about to be severely tested in the coming weeks and months. Now that Donald J. Trump is the presumptive Republican candidate for president, will the GOP, for its own party interests, coalesce...[more]

May 6, 2016 Southern zone of San Andreas earthquake fault is long overdue

Source: Washington Post

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said last week at the National Earthquake Conference

May 6, 2016 The Circular Economy: Bringing Consumerism and Sustainability Together

Source: Multichannel Merchant

The Dash Button is just one of the latest examples of technology making consumption easier and easier. As Amazon and Google promise near instant delivery on millions of products, more of us use our phones to make purchases...

May 6, 2016 Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are 'disaster for planet' warns World Bank

Source: The Guardian

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead

May 6, 2016 Banks Face New Rule That Magnifies Loss Reserves in Weak Economy

Source: Bloomberg

A new accounting rule that will force banks to set aside provisions for bad loans long before they sour could cannibalize profits and eat into capital at U.S. lenders.

May 5, 2016 Tesla's Wild New Forecast Changes the Trajectory of an Entire Industry

Source: Bloomberg

Tesla just took the most ambitious automotive production timeline since the Ford Model T, and moved it up two years.

May 5, 2016 Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water – World Bank

Source: Reuters

Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows scarce due to climate change, the World Bank reported on Tuesday.

May 5, 2016 Is Your Board Competent and Proactive on Sustainability? It Should Be

Source: Sustainable Brands

It was the mid-‘90s. The Board of Directors at Vancity – a large regional financial institution based in Vancouver, Canada – was struggling to get management’s attention on its social purpose agenda. I and the other directors...

May 5, 2016 Lawsuit seeks stronger regulation by EPA on how drillers handle, dispose of fracking waste

Source: Power Source

Seven environmental and community organizations are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court to compel the agency to tighten controls on the handling and disposal of oil and shale gas drilling and fracking...

May 4, 2016 Stocks Slide Around the World as Growth Woes Bolster Treasuries

Source: Bloomberg

Global equities fell the most in a month and crude oil declined, while Treasuries surged with the dollar as evidence of limp economic growth around the world sparked a retreat from riskier assets.

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