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November 28, 2014 Employee Retention, Recruitment Key Benefits of Sustainability Initiatives

Source: Buildings.com

The benefits of sustainability projects may extend even further than reduced material use or energy consumption. A new survey shows that employee retention and recruitment are boosted by sustainable practices as well.

November 25, 2014 What people think about climate change around the world, in one map

Source: Washington Post

This map, from Sophie Yeo at Responding to Climate Change, rounds up surveys and polls from around the world since 2009 that look at views on climate change from abroad. For example, some 84 percent of people in Argentina think...

November 25, 2014 Americans would rather adapt to extreme weather than curb climate change

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Scientists, policymakers, and activists been holding out hope that an increase in extreme weather events might prompt Americans to embrace policies that curb greenhouse-gas emissions. They may be waiting a long time, a new study...

November 25, 2014 Obamacare law means Americans will see calorie-counts on menus and menu boards everywhere next year, but studies show dramatic move might make us eat MORE

Source: Daily Mail (UK)

Restaurant companies with 20 or more U.S. locations will have to post calorie counts for everything they sell beginning next year because of a little-noticed line buried deep inside the Obamacare law that some studies suggest...

November 24, 2014 Global warming may heat up world conflict: World Bank

Source: Times Live

In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and water supplies in many areas and possibly set back efforts to bring populations out of poverty.

November 24, 2014 Modern slavery affects 35.8 million people - report

interaksyon.com - The îInternational Labour Organizationî (ILO) estimates profits from this forced labour are $150 billion (120 billion euros) a year. "From the Thai fisherman trawling fishmeal, to the Congolese boy...

November 21, 2014 Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy

Source: Washington Post

It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is...

November 19, 2014 Consumer Watch: High Levels of Inorganic Arsenic Found in Rice

Source: NBC Washington

Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic.

November 18, 2014 Chocolate: Can Science Save the World's Most Endangered Treat?

Source: Bloomberg

Mark your calendar: January 1, 2020. As this future year unfolds, the gap between how much cocoa the world wants to consume and how much it can produce will swell to 1 million metric tons, according to Mars Inc. and Barry...

November 18, 2014 Farmers and scientists divided on climate change

Source: Agri-View

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

November 18, 2014 Study: Polar bears are disappearing

Source: Daily Telegraph

A NEW US-Canada study says a key polar bear population fell by almost half in the past decade, with scientists seeing a dramatic increase in young cubs dying. Researchers chiefly blame shrinking sea ice from global warming.

November 17, 2014 This Map Shows All The Ways Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Yahoo Finance - The biggest climate-related risks vary across different regions of the world. The handy chart below, published by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî last Sunday, shows which regions should...

November 13, 2014 HR’s Crucial Role in Sustainability Efforts

Source: Environmental Leader

Human resources should play a major role in company’s sustainability processes, practices and strategies, according to MIT Sloan Management Review. Read more:...

November 13, 2014 Good Corporate Governance Correlates to Higher CSR Performance and Shareholder Wealth

Source: NewsWise

Berkeley-Haas’ Center for Responsible Business has awarded its 2014 Moskowitz Prize to the authors of a study suggesting good corporate governance correlates with higher CSR initiatives. And in turn, these increased CSR...

November 12, 2014 Verdantix Says Sustainability Leaders at High-Revenue Firms Have Growing Influence

Source: Herald Online

NEW YORK — According to a new global survey of 260 heads of sustainability conducted by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, sustainability leaders have increasing executive committee influence, decision-making authority and...

November 12, 2014 Investors, business leaders at odds on value of sustainability

Companies are struggling to effectively communicate with investors on sustainability as 88%, according to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

November 10, 2014 Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Source: The Guardian (UK)

"This study is a crucial step forward in our understanding of the evolution of the climate crisis. The public and private sectors alike must do what is necessary to stop global warming," Gore told the Guardian. "Those who are...

November 10, 2014 Dirty coal power plants could still be running in 2030, scientists warn (UK)

Source: Business Green

The UK's coal power stations could operate into the 2030s and risk breaching mandatory emissions reduction targets unless the government acts, a report has found.

November 7, 2014 Man-made Global Warming is Worsening

politicalnews.me - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the new report from the U.N. îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî is expected to make the strongest case yet for decisive action to curb greenhouse gas...

November 7, 2014 New Study Compares Perspectives of Current and Future Sustainability Leaders

Busbyway - BSR (îBusiness for Social Responsibilityî), GlobeScan, and Net Impact have jointly released a new industry study which reveals how current and future leaders view the state of sustainable business,...

November 6, 2014 KPMG launches guide to key issues in sustainability reporting

Source: IR Magazine

KPMG has launched a guide meant to help companies pinpoint ESG issues that matter most to investors in a bid to improve sustainability reporting.

November 4, 2014 GOP power shift unlikely to alter economy's path

experience.usatoday.com - Surveys released last week by îthe Conference Boardî and Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan ... has been held up for years by Obama administration îenvironmentalî reviews,...

November 2, 2014 UN climate panel on final stretch of key report

Yahoo News - "Things are progressing," said Alden Meyer of the US-based îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). "The report is going to tell a fairly clear story" about climate change and options for tackling it, he...

October 31, 2014 These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

Source: Mother Jones

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought:

October 29, 2014 Why the C-Suite Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

Source: Huff Post

Does your corporation intend to be in business in another 100 years? Adding a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to your C-Suite may make the difference. But do enough CEOs understand the sustainability role and why it matters?...

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