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October 10, 2012 Buying the Election?

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

Do you remember that moment in the first Austin Powers movie when Dr. Evil, back in action after being cryogenically frozen for 30 years, gets his hands on a nuclear warhead? “If you want it back,” he snarls to a group of world...

October 4, 2012 The ‘governance gap’

Source: Hindu

The other day, the new Chief Economic Advisor to the Union Finance Ministry, Raghuram Rajan, said that a “gap” had developed between the level of the economy’s performance and governance which needed to be closed if the country...

October 1, 2012 SEC Should Push for XBRL Convergence


en Securities and Exchange Commission staff issued the commission's final report in July on its work plan to incorporate International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into U.S. financial reporting, a key item was left out of...

September 27, 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Outlook and Challenges

Source: Triple Pundit

I spent the last two years in Hong Kong where I consulted on Corporate Social Responsibility communications projects for various organizations in Hong Kong and mainland China. What is the current state of Corporate Responsibility...

September 27, 2012 Could Sustainability be Unsustainable?

Source: Forbes

Recently a colleague of mine sent along a cartoon with a chart depicting a steeply rising curve and the caption: “The use of the word sustainable is unsustainable.” Amusing…and likely correct! There certainly seems to be a huge...

September 26, 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Outlook and Challenges

Source: Triple Pundit

spent the last two years in Hong Kong where I consulted on Corporate Social Responsibility communications projects for various organizations in Hong Kong and mainland China. What is the current state of Corporate Responsibility...

September 25, 2012 Worried over Food Safety, House Democrats Seek to Limit Arsenic Levels in Rice

Source: Food Product Design

Three U.S. representatives on Friday planned to introduce legislation to limit the amount of arsenic that is permitted in rice and rice-based products following a Consumer Reports investigation that set off another alarm over...

September 21, 2012 Ont. Liberals move to freeze wages for public-service execs

Source: CBC News

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says it's time for public-sector executives to take a pay freeze, just as many frontline workers have. "We have asked teachers, doctors and some government employees to accept pay freezes;...

September 21, 2012 Unusual coalitions clash over wind energy tax credit

Source: Washington Post

The wind power industry boasts enviable political assets in its fight to preserve a prized tax benefit. Republican and Democratic governors trumpet the benefits of wind energy; industry officials can identify manufacturing jobs...

September 19, 2012 Deloitte survey: CFOs playing bigger role in driving sustainability efforts in their organizations

Source: Sacramento Bee

NEW YORK -- Two thirds of CFOs say they are involved in driving sustainability strategies in their organizations, and more than half say their involvement has increased over the last year, according to a global survey launched...

September 19, 2012 French Shale Backers Vow to Battle On After Hollande Frack Ban

Source: BusinessWeek

Oil companies and labor unions vowed to fight on in favor of developing unconventional energies in France after President Francois Hollande said a fracking ban would remain during his five-year mandate.

September 18, 2012 Arqaam Capital, Ernst & Young hearings on accounting irregularities made public

Source: CPI Financial

The DIFC Courts, on an appeal from the Financial Markets Tribunal (FMT), has ruled on Arqaam Capital Limited (Arqaam) vs the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), allowing publication of an interim decision made on 11...

September 18, 2012 Lawsuit against Whole Foods and Forever Cheese Seeks Money Damages for Listeria Food Poisoning Victim

Source: Food Posioning Bulletin

September 17, 2012 By Kathy Will Leave a Comment Attorney Fred Pritzker, a national food safety lawyer, filed the first lawsuit against Forever Cheese, Inc. for listeriosis allegedly caused by Frescolina ricotta salata cheese...

September 17, 2012 Nuclear power champions Japan and France turn away

Source: Reuters

Two of nuclear power's greatest champions dealt the industry a heavy blow on Friday, with Japan deciding to phase out its plants and France confirming plans to cut its heavy reliance on the technology following concern over the...

September 11, 2012 China and sustainability: connecting the dots between economy and ecology


Sustainability in China is a complex problem, encompassing more than solar panels, hybrid cars, and green buildings. There are many reports on the country's deteriorating environment and the problems this causes - from air...

September 10, 2012 Climate change challenges power plant operations

Source: Washington Post

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Drought and rising temperatures are forcing water managers across the country to scramble for ways to produce the same amount of power from the hydroelectric grid with less water, including from behemoths...

September 10, 2012 BP to sell Interest in Gulf of Mexico

Source: NASDAQ

LONDON--BP PLC (BP.LN), an integrated oil and gas company, said Monday that it has agreed to sell its interests in a number of oil and gas fields in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Plains Exploration and Production Company...

September 10, 2012 Seriously? Government warns citizens of ‘zombie apocalypse’ to urge better emergency plans

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — “The zombies are coming!” the Homeland Security Department says. Tongue firmly in cheek, the government urged citizens Thursday to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, part of a public health campaign to encourage better...

September 10, 2012 Ebola outbreak kills 15 in eastern Congo

Source: CBS News

GOMA, Congo — An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 15 people in northeastern Congo and the local communities are quickly learning how frighteningly deadly the disease is, and how to prevent its spread.

September 10, 2012 Business ethics: split the myth from the hard reality


The London interbank offered rate (Libor) scandal that has seen Barclays bank hit with a £290 million (R4 billion) fine – and another 15 institutions investigated – for manipulating the key benchmark borrowing rate is another in...

September 10, 2012 Climate change expert calls for nuclear power 'binge' to avert global warming

Source: The Guardian

A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station "binge" to avoid runaway global warming.

September 10, 2012 Leadership IQ and the race for the White House

Source: Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post

It’s been an exciting two weeks of speeches and commentary and fascinating political theater, but I come away from these artfully staged-managed party conventions with a strong sense that we’re still suffering from a leadership...

September 6, 2012 Not That Flat: Pankaj Ghemawat Challenges Globalization's Adherents

Source: Knowledge at Wharton

Globalization is a catchall term used to explain much of contemporary economic and social developments, from the prevalence of outsourcing to the popularity of fusion cuisine. But economist and professor Pankaj Ghemawat argues...

September 6, 2012 Desalinated water destined for drinking supply

Source: ABC

Drinking water from the Wonthaggi desalination plant is expected to reach Melbourne's supply in the next week.

September 6, 2012 West Nile Virus Cases, Deaths Still On Rise

Source: WRTV

Cases of West Nile virus are up 25% over the past week and are expected to rise further over the next several weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. As of Tuesday, 1,993 reported cases of West...

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