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January 20, 2015 HOT AIR: Scientists Say NOAA/NASA Fudging The Facts On 2014 Record Warmth

Source: Daily Caller

Some climate scientists are criticizing government climate agencies for declaring 2014 the warmest year ever recorded, despite reports that government scientists were only 38-48 percent sure that 2014 broke records, given the...

January 20, 2015 Bank Losses From Swiss Currency Surprise Seen Mounting

Source: Bloomberg

The $400 million of cumulative losses that Citigroup Inc. (C), Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays Plc (BARC) are said to have suffered from the Swiss central bank’s decision to end the cap on the franc may be followed by others in...

January 20, 2015 China’s growth slowed to 24-year low in 2014

Source: Fortune

The shift in China’s model becomes apparent as services contribute more to growth than manufacturing. China announced today its annual growth rate slipped to 7.4% in 2014, the lowest figure in 24 years and the first time the...

January 19, 2015 Euro Back in Davos Focus as ECB Stimulus Then Greek Elections Loom

Source: Bloomberg

The euro-area economy is back in the cross-hairs of investors. It’s a familiar place for the currency bloc, which spent the past five years struggling for growth, the faith of investors and even its very existence. The latest...

January 19, 2015 It’s Official: 2014 Was the Hottest Year on Earth Ever Recorded

Source: NewsWeek

Independent analyses released Friday from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came to the same conclusion: A hotter year on earth has never been recorded. Plus, December hit a record all on...

January 19, 2015 Richest 1% to own more than rest of world, Oxfam says

Source: BBC News

The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

January 19, 2015 Why is McDonald's Passionate about Sustainability?

Source: The Crop Site

Francesca DeBiase, VP Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability at McDonald's, said McDonald's vision is to source all of their food and products sustainably."We have made a commitment as McDonald's to buy sustainable beef from verified...

January 16, 2015 6 Trends That Will Drive Better Board Oversight in 2015

Source: Chief Executive

Activist investors focused on leveraging opportunities to shape corporate fiduciary practices continue to impact board chairmen in both large and small companies. Here, our experts identify six trends in board oversight in 2015.

January 16, 2015 What does 2015 hold for sustainability?

Source: Co-operative News

Sustainability is a core part of the values behind the co-operative business model. Here, Co-operative News hears from leaders across the sector about what the movement should expect in 2015 …

January 16, 2015 Oil prices rise as IEA says signs of market 'tide will turn'

Source: Reuters

Brent crude oil futures rose above $49 a barrel on Friday as the IEA said the tide of recent price slumps may turn, although analysts said a strong rebound anytime soon was unlikely as global output continues to outweigh demand.

January 16, 2015 Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year (California)

Source: SF Gate

The storms that brought some of the biggest downpours of the decade have given way to a dry January and renewed fears that California will languish in yet another parched year. “Californians should brace themselves for a fourth...

January 15, 2015 World Bank Uses Innovative Solution to Highlight Sustainability Indicators


The World Bank Group is currently driven by the twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity. It is promoting environmental and social sustainability while pursuing a development path of...

January 15, 2015 Rise in sea levels is 'faster than we thought'

Source: Telegraph(UK)

Sea levels have risen significantly faster in the last two decades than has been thought, according to new research. Previous estimates had indicated that sea levels rose between 1.5 and 1.8 millimetres per year throughout the...

January 15, 2015 Fed’s Beige Book shows concern over consumer spending and slumping oil

Source: MarketWatch

The Federal Reserve’s business contacts reported some of the same worries about consumer spending and the impact of oil on parts of the U.S. economy as the stock market seems to be reflecting.

January 15, 2015 States, donors must do more to tackle rising disaster risk: U.N.

Source: Reuters

As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief...

January 14, 2015 Which countries will suffer the most from climate change?


These are the startling maps which appear to show the countries most at risk of facing an apocalypse of cataclysmic proportions. The maps, compiled using the ND-Gain Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame in the US,...

January 14, 2015 Business leaders are not taking sustainability seriously

Source: The Guardian

Only a fifth of corporate boards reportedly provide substantial oversight, while 58% of boards are perceived to be not even moderately engaged in sustainability.

January 14, 2015 World Bank Lowers Expectations for Global Growth in 2015

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The World Bank, citing stagnation in Europe and Japan and a slowdown in China, downgraded its forecast for the global economy this year. It also reported that world economic growth came in below expectations in 2014.

January 14, 2015 Oil Prices And The Significant, Long-Lasting Impact On The Economy

Source: Forbes

In 2014, a number of events will go down in history as major, market-moving events. From an economic viewpoint, though, perhaps no other event will have a more significant and long-lasting impact than the collapse of oil prices....

January 14, 2015 China Calls for Local Targets to Curb Coal Use to Cut Pollution

Source: Bloomberg

China asked four regions including Shanghai and Guangdong to set targets for reducing coal use by the end of June as part of efforts to curb pollution. Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang are among...

January 13, 2015 Why Voluntary Pledges Won't Save the Climate

Source: HUFF Post

The world must have an enforceable mandatory global climate agreement instead of relying on voluntary greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) pledges and a patchwork of bilateral agreements.*

January 13, 2015 Fed may hike rates even in absence of inflation pickup -Lockhart

Source: Reuters

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Monday the central bank may begin raising interest rates even if inflation is not clearly rising to its 2 percent target. The drop in energy prices has made inflation...

January 13, 2015 Sustainability Reports Should Have Nothing To Do With CSR

Source: CSRWire

Obviously, sustainability reporting regards CSR. I am a researcher in the field of corporate sustainability, and non-financial reporting is my main research interest. I have investigated the relationship between non-financial...

January 13, 2015 Globally, women gain corporate board seats -- but not in the US

Source: Fortune

The push for women to gain corporate board seats is having an impact in many countries. Progress is possible. That seems to be the message from Catalyst’s new global census of women on boards, which counts the number of women...

January 12, 2015 Sustainability and Business Ethics

Source: Pulse

“Ethics” comes from the Greek word ethikos from ethos, which means “custom” or “habit.” Human behavior can often be distilled into nothing more than habit—the reoccurring thoughts and belief systems that inform and direct our...

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