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September 4, 2012 US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief


Nestlé, the world's largest food company, has added its weight to calls by the UN and development groups for the US and EU to change their biofuel targets because of looming food shortages and price rises.

September 4, 2012 Days after Isaac hit the Gulf Coast, thousands are still without power in La., Miss.

Source: Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS — Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, days after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

September 4, 2012 2012 budget threatened as FG pumps oil below projection

Source: BusinessDay Online

The benchmark oil price in the budget was $72 a barrel, well below the market price and above which Nigeria is supposed to save extra revenues in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). But if production fails to meet projections, the ...

September 4, 2012 Growing U.S. Energy Supply Alters Political Debate

Source: BusinessWeek

For just as long, the energy debate in presidential election years has been over the need to take better advantage of our own natural resources: extracting more oil, gas and coal, on the one hand, or promoting conservation along...

September 1, 2012 Bernanke: Fed will be ‘forceful’ in supporting recovery

Source: Washington Post

JACKSON HOLE, WYO. — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke sent a strong signal Friday that the central bank is poised to expand its campaign to bolster the economy, describing in unusually chilling terms the depths of the...

August 31, 2012 Lean year for fat cats

Source: Sydney Morning News

Executives have been forgoing bonuses and ruling out raises in a year of lacklustre results and stagnant share prices. But some experts say the pay restraints are nothing more than a gesture to appease angry shareholder.

August 31, 2012 Now May Be a Good Time to Evaluate Your Ethics Training Initiatives.

Source: Sustainable Business Forum

Why? Because ethics is the spiritual glue that holds your organization together. An organization’s ethics determines its character, its health and ultimately, its success. An organization’s values---what it stands for, what your...

August 30, 2012 Wen Tells Merkel Spain, Italy, Greece Need More Reforms

Source: Bloomberg

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Spain, Italy and Greece must take “comprehensive measures” to prevent a worsening of the euro region’s sovereign-debt crisis. “The main worries are...

August 30, 2012 California to jump into carbon market

Source: My San Antonio

Come November, California will open North America's first full-scale carbon market, in which companies buy and sell the right to emit greenhouse gases from their factories, power plants and oil refineries.

August 30, 2012 Wind Energy a Lifeline for Drought-Stricken Farms

Source: Huff Post

The killing of Billy the Kid was still within living memory for some on the stark, wind-swept prairie outside Ft. Sumner, N.M., when Powhatan Carter's grandfather settled there to raise cattle in 1937.

August 30, 2012 Why U.S. Risk Managers Should Take a Hint from the Rest of the World


For better or worse, ISO 31000 is on a path to becoming the global standard framework for enterprise risk management (ERM). Any organization that does business internationally should be using it for ERM guidance.

August 30, 2012 Impoverished Americans Face Environmental Health Problems

Source: Huff Post

Chronic poverty grips regions across the United States, and leaves urban and rural residents alike in struggles for employment, housing and some of life's basic necessities. It often also leaves poor Americans exposed to...

August 30, 2012 New York anti-fracking group draws celebrity support

Source: CNN

New York -- The family of late Beatles music icon John Lennon on Wednesday voiced opposition to a controversial process of natural gas drilling known as fracking, Sean Lennon, who appeared at a press conference in New York with...

August 30, 2012 Two health groups sue US for failure on food safety

Source: Christian Science Monitor

In the wake of numerous food-borne illness outbreaks this year, two health and environment organization are suing the federal government for failing to protect the food supply

August 30, 2012 US regional highlights from the Fed’s Beige Book economic survey in July and early August

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew moderately in July and early August, and hiring was more robust than in the previous six-week period. The Fed report, known as the Beige Book,...

August 30, 2012 London Olympics hailed as “greenest”, but…

Source: ABS CBN News

LONDON - The independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, or CSL, recently hailed the London Olympics the "greenest games" ever, but still feels there was room for improvement. CSL is the first watchdog of its kind and...

August 30, 2012 Wal-Mart joins agriculture sustainability group

Source: Reuters

The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc has joined an alliance of other Fortune 500 companies, including Cargill and Kellogg Co, seeking to make agriculture more sustainable.

August 30, 2012 Can PepsiCo Inspire Sustainable Development in Africa?

Source: Triple Pundit

Yesterday the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) awarded PepsiCo the Stockholm Industry Water Award here at World Water Week. The ceremony summed up the mood here among the 2500 delegates from 43 countries: ominous...

August 30, 2012 CalPERS: California public pension reform savings could reach $60 billion

Source: The State Worker

California state and local governments stand to save between $40 billion and $60 billion over 30 years, according to a hasty fiscal analysis of a pension reform measure set for a vote later this week, according to CalPERS.

August 30, 2012 'Vast reservoir' of methane locked beneath Antarctic ice sheet


A vast reservoir of the potent greenhouse gas methane may be locked beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a study suggests. Scientists say the gas could be released into the atmosphere if enough of the ice melts away, adding to...

August 30, 2012 Barclays Names C.E.O. Amid New Inquiry

Source: New York Times

LONDON — The British bank Barclays on Thursday named its retail boss, Antony Jenkins, as its new chief executive, handing an insider the task of helping to repair the damage caused by a rate-rigging scandal.

August 30, 2012 Euro edges higher before Jackson Hole meeting

Source: Reuters

LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The euro edged higher against the dollar on Thursday as investors waited to see whether U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers firmer hints on more monetary easing at a meeting of central...

August 30, 2012 Banks give $10.6B in relief on mortgages

Source: Arizona Star

The nation's largest banks have provided nearly 140,000 homeowners with a total of $10.6 billion in relief under a $25 billion national settlement reached in February, the monitor for the agreement said Wednesday.

August 29, 2012 Every drop counts in Las Vegas's water shortage

Source: News Channel Ten

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Symbols of dry times are everywhere in this city in northeastern New Mexico. Yards are brown and dusty for want of water. A 5-gallon plastic jug is stuck under the air conditioner drains at a Best Western hotel...

August 29, 2012 Public employees loud in criticism of pension overhaul by Democratic allies

Source: LA Timws

Although lawmakers rejected some of the governor’s harshest pension changes, public employee unions on Tuesday denounced the proposed plan and said they would consider going to voters or the courts to overturn some elements.

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