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January 20, 2016 Climate change fails to top list of threats for business leaders at Davos

Source: The Guardian

Over-regulation was listed as the biggest threat to business (by 79% of CEOs), followed by geopolitical uncertainty (74%) and other key threats including cyber attacks (61%).

January 20, 2016 293 cities in China saw lower-than-standard air quality in 2015: Study

Source: Press TV

The international group said in a Wednesday report that a total of 293 – or 80 percent – of the 366 cities whose data it analyzed did not meet China’s own air quality standards in 2015.

January 19, 2016 Global warming strikes deep into oceans – study

Source: New Vision

The oceans have soaked up as much heat from global warming over the last two decades as during the preceding 130 years, according to a study published Monday.While this accelerated absorption has helped keep human habitats...

January 19, 2016 Extreme weather lowers global crop yield

EarthSky - A study published in the journal Nature on January 7, 2016, provides evidence that historic trends of extreme weather lowers crop production at a global scale.

January 19, 2016 GE Unveils White Paper At WFES 2016 With Strategies For Improved Energy And Water Resource Management

Abu Dhabi City Guide - According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, renewable water availability in MENA is under 2,000 m3 per capita per year, only a fraction of the world average of 7,240 m3 per...

January 15, 2016 Climate change 'made record UK rainfall in December more likely'

Source: The Guardian

Study finds global warming made Britain 50-75% more likely to receive catastrophic rainfall that caused floods, but natural variation also played a role

January 15, 2016 Study sees dramatic progress in greenhouse gas emissions from cattle production

Better Farming - A widely-published expert on ruminant nutrition judging by his Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada profile, McAllister was also a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and lead author...

January 15, 2016 Countries underestimate risk of cyber attack, says WEF

Computer Weekly - Most of the world's economies are underestimating the potential effect of cyber attacks on businesses and their economies, the World Economic Forum (WEF) warned. A major study by the WEF reveals that, with the...

January 15, 2016 Should big food follow Campbell Soup's GMO labeling lead'

Investment Underground - A December Mellman Group poll commissioned by Consumers Union and a coalition of consumer and environmental groups found that nine in 10 Americans support mandatory labeling of products with genetically...

January 15, 2016 The US just took a big step toward making your fish sustainable

techinsider.io - A World Resources Institute report predicted that aquaculture production will have to double globally by 2050 in order to feed the 9 billion people on the planet by then. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

January 14, 2016 USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat

Source: Food Safety News

The report again confirms that pesticide residues are not a food safety concern for the United States. The PDP report on data from samples collected in 2014 found our food is safe, with pesticide residue levels low enough to...

January 14, 2016 Science panel faults EPA fracking probe for excluding baseline water testing

Source: State Impact/NPR

The Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark investigation into the impact of fracking on drinking water lacked baseline testing that would have made its results more illuminating, according to a scientific panel that assessed...

January 14, 2016 Stinging Report On Pandemics Makes Louis Pasteur Look Like A Prophet

Source: NPR

But the report itself has a stinging message: We're not prepared for the next coming plague or pandemic — or HIV 2.0.

January 13, 2016 Scientists just found an unexpected factor that could be driving Greenland’s ice loss

Source: Washington Post

While changes in air temperature, water temperature and precipitation are known to influence melting events on the ice sheet, a new study has identified another, perhaps less obvious culprit: clouds.

January 12, 2016 How disruptive progress leads to sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

In the not-so-distant future, my Amazon package would have arrived courtesy of a drone, but today it was left in the porch by a UPS driver. A rip of the cardboard zip disgorged four books for the rapidly expanding Volans library...

January 11, 2016 Business Leaders Get an 'F' in Ethics, Yet Again

Source: Forbes

Each year, Gallup asks people to rate the honesty and ethics of a range of professionals. In 2015, nurses again topped the list, followed by pharmacists, physicians, and high school teachers. Journalists, bankers, and building...

January 7, 2016 Study Finds That Weather Disasters Took a Heavy Toll on Crops

Source: NY Times

Droughts and heat waves wiped out nearly a tenth of the rice, wheat, corn and other cereal crops in countries hit by extreme weather disasters between 1964 and 2007, according to a new study

January 7, 2016 EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Washington • A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found

January 5, 2016 These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2016

Source: Time

At the beginning of each year Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy I founded and oversee, publishes a list of the top 10 political risk stories for the 12 months ahead. These are the risks and trends we believe are most...

January 4, 2016 Why Some Respond To Crises with Altruism & Others with Fear

Psych Centra - Participants in the high-risk version group were told that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed two diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States, whereas the low-risk version did not see...

December 31, 2015 Special Report: How to Get Rich by Saving the Planet: An Investor's Guide to Green Market Profits

Wealth Daily - Sustainable investors aim for strong financial performance ... It's that last sentence that should motivate all investors â?? not just tree-huggers like me. The iShares î??MSCIî?? USA ESG Select...

December 30, 2015 Researchers Warn of Potential for Swine Flu Pandemic

Source: US News

Flu viruses found among pigs in China appear able to spread in humans and have the potential to cause a pandemic, researchers say. Authors of a study published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

December 29, 2015 13th annual Consumer report The State of Sustainability in America 2015: Trends & Opportunities

Source: PR Newswire

This report is the thirteenth annual U.S. report NMI has published on the state of the sustainability market. It is full of insights, data, and analysis to help you better understand the ever-evolving world of...

December 28, 2015 No Raise This Year? These Four Charts Explain Why

Source: American Prospect

It’s hard to find a clearer illustration of escalating economic inequality than the growing divide between worker pay and worker productivity. The Economic Policy Institute’s top charts of 2015 depict the problem in simple...

December 28, 2015 "Rare" Diseases Are Back

Source: Youth Health

Diseases that are considered rare or almost entirely wiped out, especially in developed countries, are surprising making a deadly comeback, according to a new London study.

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