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June 17, 2014 Corporate Sustainability - What Matters?

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY — (Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.) — Sustainability - "What Matters?" — That is the question for company managements and investors as they prepare sustainability / corporate responsibility reports....[more]

June 17, 2014 Coal’s Share of World Energy Demand at Highest Since 1970

Source: Bloomberg

Coal dominated world energy markets last year by supplying the biggest share of demand since 1970, making it the fastest growing fossil fuel, according to an annual review by BP Plc. Consumption grew 3 percent last year, driven...

June 17, 2014 UNEP FI offers institutional investors new sustainability model

Source: Reuters

Integrated Governance – A new model of governance for sustainability, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative(UNEP FI), which represents total Assets-Under-Management of approximately...

June 17, 2014 Starbucks to pay college tuition for thousands of baristas

Source: CS Monitor

Starbucks, which already offers its employees a number of generous perks such as company stock and pensions, announced Monday that it would pay college tuition costs in part or in full for thousands of its baristas. The...

June 17, 2014 U.S. health care system ranks lowest in international survey

Source: CBS News

The U.S. spends more money on health care compared with other industrialized countries, but Americans still get the least bang for their buck -- and many still don't have access to care -- according to a report just published by...

June 16, 2014 Warming Arctic Could Lead to Fewer Extremely Cold Winters: Study

Source: Nature World News

Arctic warming is associated with fewer extreme winters in the U.S. and Europe, a new study suggests. January 2014 saw temperatures in the U.S fall several notches, with Minnesota recording -37°C and even Sunshine State Florida...

June 16, 2014 10 leading sustainability innovations

Source: The Guardian

A study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone

June 16, 2014 How to Sell a Carbon Tax

Source: Bloomberg

The best way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is to put a tax on carbon. Almost all economists would agree. Yet there's even wider agreement, and not just among economists, that a carbon tax can't happen. In the U.S., it's...

June 16, 2014 Stopping Russia from cornering Europe’s energy market

Source: Washington Post

President Obama’s meeting this month with the Group of Seven leaders focused on European energy policies in light of the crisis in Ukraine. As Western leaders seek the right response, they would do well to keep in mind that...

June 13, 2014 Water discovered deep beneath Earth's surface

Source: USA Today

Researchers have discovered evidence of water — enough to fill oceans — embedded in minerals deep beneath the surface of the United States that could alter the current understanding of the Earth's composition and how it was...

June 13, 2014 Treasury Auction Demand Rises to Highest Level in More Than Year

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

Demand surged to the highest level since March 2013 for the $62 billion in Treasury notes and bonds sold this week as the U.S. economy showed signs of slowing and investors sought refuge from turmoil in Iraq.

June 13, 2014 Here's one key to sustainability in global supply chains

Source: GreenBiz

launched the world’s first guide on traceability, which highlights the importance of traceability for sustainability purposes and identifies solutions to the multifaceted challenges of tracing raw materials through complex...

June 13, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Big News

Source: Tim Quast, President,ModernNetworks IR LLC

With crowning dreams of California Chrome and the unfortunately tinny conclusion to the equine trifecta dominating news, you might have missed what counted last week. There was Liquidnet, operator of a members-only trading market...[more]

June 12, 2014 22 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change

Source: Business Insider

Major negative effects of climate change are here now and they're only getting worse, as shown by recent reports from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House among others. The...

June 12, 2014 Finding a Narrative: ‘Sustainability’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Real to Consumers

Source: Triple Pundit

“Sustainability doesn’t mean anything real to consumers. Too often, it brings to mind technical issues or seemingly insurmountable environmental challenges.” I guess this problem statement shouldn’t be surprising news to...

June 12, 2014 Americans by 2 to 1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change

Source: Bloomberg

Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue. By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would...

June 12, 2014 China’s Record Oil Hoarding Seen Keeping Crude Above $100

Source: Bloomberg

China is hoarding crude at the fastest pace in at least a decade, shielding itself from supply disruptions and helping keep prices above $100 a barrel. The country imported a record volume in April as it emulates steps taken by...

June 11, 2014 How El Niño will change the world's weather in 2014

Source: The Guardian

The global El Niño weather phenomenon, whose impacts cause global famines, floods – and even wars – now has a 90% chance of striking this year, according to the latest forecast released to the Guardian. El Niño begins as a giant...

June 11, 2014 Severe Water Shortage in West Fails to Stop Fracking at Gas Wells

Source: NBC News

Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's...

June 11, 2014 A Trick that Turns Sustainability Naysayers into Supporters

Source: Environmental Leader

Do you ever find yourself arguing about the value of sustainability with your colleagues? Or reaching an impasse in determining the right course to set? Whether the decision revolves around how ambitious to be, where to allocate...

June 11, 2014 In Shareholder Address, G.M. Chief Vows Safety

Source: NY Times

DETROIT — General Motors’ chief executive, Mary T. Barra, told shareholders on Tuesday that the company was making major changes in its operations in the wake of an internal investigation of its recall of defective small cars.

June 11, 2014 EU to investigate Apple, Starbucks over tax tax breaks

Source: MarketWatch

BRUSSELS — European Union regulators will announce a formal investigation into the tax affairs of Apple Inc. AAPL +0.59% and Starbucks Corp. SBUX -0.77% in Europe on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the...

June 10, 2014 Sustainability is Moving Into the Investment Mainstream

Source: Triple Pundit

Climate change, resource scarcity, social responsibility and good citizenship – professional investors are increasingly factoring sustainability into governance policies, portfolio decision-making processes and investment...

June 10, 2014 The inevitable demise of the fossil fuel empire

Source: The Guardian

The latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other sources proves that the oil and gas majors are in deep trouble. Over the last decade, rising oil prices have been driven primarily by rising production costs....

June 10, 2014 Fed's Rosengren: don't raise rates until full employment achieved

Source: NASDAQ

The Federal Reserve should refrain from raising benchmark interest rates until the economy is close to reporting full employment, said Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric S. Rosengren

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