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August 21, 2012 Drought closes 11 mile section of Mississippi river

Source: Examiner.com

The United States Coast Guard had to shut down an 11 mile section of the Mississippi river today near Greenville, MS, because of low water levels, according to the New Orleans-based Coast Guard.

August 21, 2012 Erin Brockovich Addresses Fracking Concerns On HuffPost Live (VIDEO)

Source: Huff Post

"Let's stop the bullshit and get down to finding some solutions to our problems," Erin Brockovich recently declared on HuffPost Live. The consumer advocate and environmental activist recently joined host Janet Varney on...

August 21, 2012 Regulator Says Broker Audits Fail to Include Required Work

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

The many auditors who inspect the financial statements of brokerage firms appear to be cutting corners and not doing all the work they should do, a worrisome sign after the collapse of the Peregrine Financial Group, a leading...

August 21, 2012 Aetna-Coventry Merger Reflects A Changing Industry After Health Care Reform

Source: Huff Post

Health insurance companies bitterly opposed the health care reform law but, as the merger between Aetna and Coventry Health Care announced Monday shows, the industry knows there's still money to be made.

August 21, 2012 Corn rises as harvest renews expectations of small crop; other commodity prices mostly higher

Source: Washington Post

The price of corn rose Monday after the start of the harvest renewed expectations of a smaller crop yield because of drought damage. Corn for December delivery rose 16.5 cents, or 2 percent, to finish Monday at $8.2375 per...

August 21, 2012 Arctic sea ice likely to hit record low next week

Source: Reuters

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is likely to shrink to a record small size sometime next week, and then keep on melting, a scientist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said on Monday

August 21, 2012 German backing for ECB action lifts stocks, euro

Source: The Star

The main indexes in London, Paris and Frankfurt were all in positive territory, helping the MSCI index of global shares to extend an 11.5 percent gain that started back in June. The euro was buoyant at $1.2364, not far from...

August 21, 2012 Fall in ethanol demand may cut into corn prices

Source: MarketWatch

Corn farmers throughout the Midwest suffering through drought conditions might have at least hoped for higher prices for their withered crops, but some analysts expect weakness in ethanol demand to cut into prices for the grain,...

August 21, 2012 Africa: Helen Clark - 'What Does Rio+20 Mean for Sustainable Development?'

Source: AllAfrica.com

I thank Lincoln University for the invitation to deliver this year's State of the Nation's Environment address. I commend both the University and the Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation for establishing and supporting this...

August 20, 2012 Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Are Putting the Kabosh on Clean Energy

Source: Wired News

Since the 1950s, the US has had a perverse approach to energy. In effect we have maximized demand by building bigger, hungrier cars, homes, and lifestyles and minimized supply by limiting oil drilling, coal mining, and nuclear...

August 20, 2012 New accounting rules to expose pension funding gaps

Source: American Thinker

State and local governments will no longer be able to fudge the numbers on their underfunded pensions for workers. Moody's will issue new guidelines to force governments to report their pension obligations more honestly.

August 20, 2012 California suspends CO2 market rule on electricity imports

Source: Reuters

California's air regulator said on Thursday it would delay by 18 months a controversial part of its carbon market rules addressing imported electricity after coming under pressure from a Washington official who warned it...

August 20, 2012 Tension Over Aid to Greece Could Unsettle Markets

Source: NY Times

FRANKFURT — While the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, will be greeted with military honors when he arrives in Berlin on Friday, his pleas for easier bailout terms could meet with a cool reception, setting up tension that...

August 20, 2012 America Will Deeply Regret Its Fixation On Energy Independence

Source: Forbes

The U.S. energy independence debate is getting very tetchy of late. Seasoned energy experts are trading cheap blows, principally for sitting on opposite sides of the fence. Nobody doubts that U.S. energy output will keep...

August 20, 2012 Bottom-Up Is Bad for Risk Management

Source: CFO Magazine

There's a lesson CFOs should learn when trying to get a strategic view of the perils facing their entire organization. Too many enterprise risk management programs are launched and championed by a single individual or...

August 20, 2012 Parts of Darfur See Stability, but Others Are Seething

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

NAIROBI, Kenya -- It was a scene that seemed to belong to a different time, say, early 2004, when war was raging across Sudan's vast desert region of Darfur. Hundreds of armed men -- on horseback, camels, donkeys and in...

August 20, 2012 State unemployment rates rise in 44 states

Source: CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The state unemployment picture worsened last month, with jobless rates creeping higher in 44 states, according to a government report released Friday. Only two states and the District of Columbia saw...

August 20, 2012 Australia attacks controversial EU carbon tax on international airlines

Source: TN - Global Travel Industry News

The major parties have come together to attack the European Union's (EU) controversial carbon tax on international airlines. The Labor government on Thursday backed a strongly worded motion by Nationals leader Warren Truss, which...

August 20, 2012 Climate change puts Atlantic coastline in cross hairs

Source: USA Today

WILMINGTON, Del. – Inch by inch along parts of the Atlantic Coast, global climate change is running in what scientists warn is geology's version of fast-forward — swamping and eroding beaches, wetlands and farm fields.

August 20, 2012 What mining massacre says about South Africa

Source: The Hindu

The story of the London-listed Lonmin's Marikana mine shootings is that of a trade union that cosied up to big business; of an upstart and populist new union that exploited real frustration to establish itself; and of police...

August 20, 2012 2012 London Olympics: Final Press Conference

Source: Crave online

With the successful 2012 London Olympics now in the books, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Lord Sebastian Coe (Chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games – LOCOG) sat down for a sort of victory lap to...

August 20, 2012 Ever Hear the One About ...

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

What was that about? The Standard Chartered scandal, I mean. Nearly two weeks ago, we were led to believe that the big British bank had conducted some $250 billion worth of illegal transactions with Iranian institutions. But,...

August 20, 2012 Nebraska Drought 2012: Ranchers Lose Hope Aid Will Come In Time - text/video

Source: Huff post

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It's hard to tell what frustrates Todd Eggerling more — the weather or Congress. Searing temperatures and drought scorched Eggerling's land in southeast Nebraska, leaving little grass to feed his 100 cattle....

August 20, 2012 Governance and Multilateralism in the 21st Century

Source: Sunlive.co.nz

Thank you for this opportunity to put forward some ideas about Global Governance and multilateral institutions in the first quarter of the 21st Century.

August 20, 2012 For Buckyballs Toys, Child Safety Is a Growing Issue

Source: NY Times

Three years ago, two pals from Brooklyn came up with the idea of creating a desktop toy out of powerful magnets. Their creation, Buckyballs, became an instant hit. And by this year, the two — Craig Zucker and Jake Bronstein — had...

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