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December 9, 2014 Global warming threat cut slightly, still severe -study

Source: Reuters

Projected global warming this century has slowed but is still at a severe rate after promises by China, the United States and the European Union to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a scientific study showed on Monday.

December 9, 2014 Turning a Profit While Doing Good: Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance

Source: Brookings

When a company focuses on improving its environmental or social good performance, what happens to that company’s financial performance and shareholder returns? Harvard Business School professor George Serafeim answers this...

December 9, 2014 Study: Causes of Calif. drought natural, not man-made

Source: USA Today

Natural weather patterns, not man-made global warming, are causing the historic drought parching California, says a study out Monday from federal scientists. "It's important to note that California's drought, while extreme, is...

December 8, 2014 Why the dollar is still king

Source: CNBC

A question that has frustrated even the most experienced economists in the last few decades is how the dollar has remained the most prominent reserve currency in the world despite the global share of U.S. output eroding away.

December 8, 2014 Philanthropy Over Policy Equals Plutocracy

Source: by Larry Checco

Philanthropy verses policy. What’s at stake? In the United States of America, perhaps our entire democratic process. At a recent Brookings Institution event that focused on income inequality, John Prideaux, Washington...[more]

December 8, 2014 Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Source: NY Times

The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies...

December 8, 2014 Sustainability’ is older than you think

Source: Boston Globe

In recent years, “sustainability” has become an inescapable buzzword. Companies launch sustainability initiatives; virtually every major American university now has an office of sustainability; and the word is a staple of United...

December 8, 2014 Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

Source: Salt Lake City Tribune

For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always the promise of another boom. Until now. There is a growing sense in...

December 8, 2014 Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues: UN official

Source: Reuters

ROME – Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday. About a third of the...

December 5, 2014 Opinion: Sorry, but America is still No. 1

Source: MarketWatch

CAMBRIDGE — Headlines around the world trumpeted a watershed moment for the global economy. As the Financial Times put it, “China poised to pass U.S. as world’s leading economic power this year.” This is a startling development —...

December 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Lava Cools

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 1999, two years after the SEC passed rules on handling trades and set regulations for alternative trading systems that today we call “dark pools,” Richard Korhammer and his engineering colleagues started a direct-access...[more]

December 5, 2014 2014 set to be hottest year on record, U.N. climate agency reports

Source: LA Times

This year is on track to be the hottest on record, with rising sea surface temperatures linked to the spread of extreme weather events around the globe, the United Nations climate agency reported Wednesday

December 5, 2014 Europe’s Top Banker Again Hints at More Stimulus in Future

Source: NY Times

FRANKFURT — Mario Draghi wanted everyone to understand on Thursday that the European Central Bank was determined to honor its prime directive: keeping inflation, now dangerously low, in check.

December 5, 2014 Natural Gas Reserves Reach “Record High

Source: Northcentral

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 released today found “U.S. total natural gas proved reserves increased 10% in 2013 and reached a new U.S. record of 354 Tcf.”...

December 4, 2014 Euro falls below $1.23 ahead of ECB, yen weak

Source: Reuters

The euro fell to less than $1.23 for the first time in more than two years on Thursday, finding few friends in a market that is wagering the European Central Bank will be forced to inject even more stimulus into a moribund euro...

December 4, 2014 Mayor to name city's (NYC) first sustainability director

Source: Crains New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to take another step toward achieving his lofty goal of making the nation's largest city its greenest one. Mr. de Blasio on Wednesday will create a new agency, the Office of Sustainability, and name...

December 4, 2014 World Climate Talks In Lima Aim To Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

Source: NPR

Every year the United Nations invites environmental experts and diplomats from around the world to negotiate ways to slow global warming. This year's meeting runs this week and next in Lima, Peru.

December 4, 2014 Gas dips below $2 a gallon in Oklahoma City

Source: CNBC

It's the first time in four years that a U.S. station has offered gas for less than $2 per gallon.

December 3, 2014 US CEOs Perceive Dimmer Economic Growth but Plan to Increase Hiring

Source: Beta Wired

According to a survey released on Tuesday top corporate chief executives remained a bit less optimistic about the direction of economy that is continuously dropping down and they have plans to cut off investments in businesses...

December 3, 2014 Which Countries Are The Most Corrupt?

Source: NPR

Four Scandinavian nations and New Zealand are the world's least corrupt countries while North Korea and Somalia are the most corrupt, according to the Corruption Perception Index released today by Transparency International.

December 3, 2014 New book examines how preparing for disaster is key to bouncing back - text/video

Source: PBS NewsHour

Only communities that prepare for the unpredictable -- from health scares to cyber attacks -- can quickly bounce back. But how can we flip the paradigm for dealing with disaster? Author Judith Rodin joins Gwen Ifill for a...

December 3, 2014 Senate panel to review quake safety at nuke plants, including California's Diablo Canyon

Source: Fox Business

WASHINGTON – Federal regulators need to reassess earthquake risks at California's last operating nuclear power plant and hold hearings to determine if it's properly accounting for potential threats. That's according to testimony...

December 2, 2014 Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction

Source: The Daily Beast

The potential losses of species are on a scale that is rivaled by only a few events in the last 500 million years of Earth’s history. Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval...

December 2, 2014 So, How Do We Make Sustainability... Sustainable?

Source: Forbes

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This paradigm shift, where clean energy...

December 2, 2014 FBI warns firms of destructive malware use by hackers

Source: BBC

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that cyber-hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the US. A five-page confidential warning was issued to US businesses on Monday, according to...

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