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July 15, 2014 Top 1 Percent Is Even Richer Than Surveys Say, ECB Paper Finds

Source: Bloomberg

The oft-cited line that the top 1 percent of U.S. households lay claim to 30 percent of all wealth is probably an understatement, according to a European Central Bank working paper. Incorporating “missed” data on rich households...

July 9, 2014 Study: Pollution is the largest factor in disease, death in developing world

Wisconsin Gazette - The analysis, based on new data from the îWorld Health Organizationî and others, indicates that 7.4 million deaths in a single year were due to pollution sources from air, îwaterî,...

July 9, 2014 International report charts path to deep carbon cuts

Source: Eco-Business

Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon close. “The...

July 3, 2014 Obama: more reforms needed to wring risk from banks - report

Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he wants additional financial reforms to make sure banks are not tempted to make risky bets that can pay off handsomely for a few if they succeed but can cause widely felt disruptions if...

July 3, 2014 Leading Economic Indicators in U.S. Rise for Fourth Month

Businessweek - The index of U.S. leading indicators rose in May for the fourth straight month, showing the economy will gain momentum following a slowdown at the start of 2014. The Conference Board’s gauge, a measure of the...

July 2, 2014 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Wasn't Due To International Air Travel - Study

Source: Science2.0

The H1N1 2009 pandemic influenza virus, known informally as 'swine flu', has remained a hot topic in science and culture. The science and medical community, including former FDA deputy commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, criticized...

July 1, 2014 Consumers Are Willing to Pay More for Sustainability

Source: Mashable.com

If you knew purchasing certain products and services helped save the planet, would you pay more for them? According to a recent report from Nielsen, most of the world's consumers would. A global average of 55% of respondents in...

June 30, 2014 More Companies Set Sustainability Standards But Supplier Challenges Remain, Execs Say

Source: Bloomberg

The webinar presented findings of a 2014 study, Gaining Ground: Tracking Corporate Progress on the Road to Sustainability, which Ceres conducted jointly with Sustainalytics Inc. The study looked at the practices of 613 of the...

June 30, 2014 Plastic costs the environment $75 billion each year, report says

Green Biz - "Valuing plastic", the report from the Plastic Disclosure Project, the U.N. Environment Programme and natural capital analysts îTrucostî, evaluates the environmental and social impact of plastics used by...

June 30, 2014 Signs of improvement in air quality

Source: Science Reporter

Data from the NASA satellite Aura has shown that the nitrogen oxide levels has decreased by 32% in New York and 42% in Atlanta in the past 10 years.

June 27, 2014 Poll: 53% Of Americans Don’t Believe In Man-Made Global Warming

Source: Daily Caller

President Obama is emphasizing global warming ahead of the November elections, but a new poll suggests he faces an uphill climb. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 35 percent of Americans say there is not enough solid...

June 27, 2014 Wealth inequality doubles among US households: Study

Source: Press TV

Wealth inequality among US households roughly doubled between 2003 and 2013, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers

June 26, 2014 Cornell: Fracking fluid has increased pollution potential

Source: Star-Gazette

ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The...

June 25, 2014 U.S. Congress Did Less for Corporate Accountability in 2013

Global Research - âThe intent of this report card is to track how Congress votes on holding corporations accountable for their impact on communities and the environment,â said Pratap Chatterjee, Executive Director of...

June 25, 2014 5 Dire Warnings From Bipartisan Report on Climate Change's Economic Impact

Source: National Geographic

A Tuesday report warning of dire economic consequences from climate change, from lost property to ruined crops, is the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts aimed at garnering public support to tackle the problem.

June 24, 2014 Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Source: NY Times

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts...

June 20, 2014 These 5 charts show why the world is still failing on climate change

Source: VOX

There's a fair bit of optimism in green circles that fossil fuels are dying and renewables like wind and solar are set to take over. Al Gore has a hopeful new essay in Rolling Stone along these lines, arguing that "a powerful,...

June 19, 2014 Ford Motor Company's Sustainability Chief Talks Innovation, Progress And A Vision For The Future

Source: Forbes

“As our vehicles are the source of our most significant environmental impact, it is vital that we focus on improving the environmental performance of each product,” explained John Viera, global director of sustainability and...

June 18, 2014 The More A Company Pays Its CEO, The Worse Its Shareholders Do

Source: Think Progress

The companies that pay their chief executives the most see the worst results for shareholders, according to a new study, with an average annual shareholder loss of $1.4 billion at the companies with the highest CEO pay.

June 17, 2014 Corporate Sustainability - What Matters?

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY — (Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.) — Sustainability - "What Matters?" — That is the question for company managements and investors as they prepare sustainability / corporate responsibility reports....[more]

June 16, 2014 10 leading sustainability innovations

Source: The Guardian

A study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone

June 12, 2014 Report: Dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

Source: USA Today

U.S. consumers are wasting $4 billion annually to power clothes dryers that, unlike other common household appliances, have barely improved their energy efficiency since the 1970s, a report today says.

June 11, 2014 The Big Four of Accounting Will Be Among the Big Winners if U.S. Adopts Climate Law

New York Times - Other emerging trends in the United States point to even greater opportunities for the Big Four, including repeated calls by groups like the îInvestor Network on Climate Riskî and Ceres to have the...

June 10, 2014 Graph of the Day: Climate change as global security threat

Renew Economy - The latest report from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî has outlined the key challenges global warming poses for the global defence sector, as it generates new threats to the...

June 10, 2014 2014 CSR Top 10 organisations revealed, lack of government leadership blamed for overall lag

Source: Marketing Magazine (au)

Australian organisations are falling behind when it comes to the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to a new report, with lack of government and business leadership to blame. ‘The State of...

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