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April 11, 2016 SURVEY SAYS: Socially Conscious Investing

Source: Plan Sponsor

Investing in products based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors has been called socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, and most recently coined by the Department of Labor (DOL), economically...

April 8, 2016 Poll: Some key gaps in Americans’ knowledge about Zika virus

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Americans don’t know a lot about the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects and creeping steadily closer to the U.S., according to a new poll that found about 4 in 10 say they’ve heard little to nothing about the...

April 8, 2016 Why uncertainty about climate change is definitely not our friend

Source: Washington Post

For a long time, there’s been one key part of the Earth system that, just maybe, could help us out a little bit with our global warming problem: Clouds

April 6, 2016 How corporate governance moved to the forefront of management

Source: London School of Economics

While the term “corporate governance” is now used universally when managerial accountability in publicly traded companies is under consideration, the term was largely unknown until the 1970s. In a recent paper, I explain how and...

April 6, 2016 Stanford study: California moving toward more extreme weather

Source: Daily News

Stanford researchers who studied trends in the atmospheric circulation patterns that affect California’s rainfall have found that conditions linked to the hot, dry weather during our latest drought have become more frequent in...

April 4, 2016 New Study Identifies Seven Social Concepts Essential for Sustainability

Source: Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. – Global efforts to protect the planet will fail unless we take social concepts like equality and wellbeing into account, according to a peer-reviewed commentary published today in the journal Science.

April 4, 2016 4 Climate Change Facts Everyone Should Know

Source: Inquisitr

“Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about or planet and its climate on a global scale.”

April 1, 2016 Seas could rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities: study

Source: Reuters

Global seas could rise nearly twice as much as previous, widely accepted estimates, according to a study published on Thursday saying low-lying cities face possible disaster by the end of the century.

April 1, 2016 What drives cities to pursue sustainability policies?

Source: Cornell Chronicle

Examining preliminary results in a national survey of 1,900 local governments, half of U.S. cities and towns had specific environmental goals but only one-third had concrete sustainability plans, according to Cornell University,...

March 31, 2016 New coal plants rise in 2015 despite falling consumption

Source: Carbon Brief

The fact that coal consumption has now declined for two consecutive years is a major factor in allowing carbon emissions to stall and perhaps fall in 2014 and 2015. An increasing number of plants are being retired, while many...

March 31, 2016 Clean energy employs 2.5 million in US: Report

Source: CNBC

The clean energy industry in the U.S. employs over 2.5 million people, according to new analysis released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a nonpartisan business group.

March 31, 2016 New Study Reveals Nearly a Third of Local Governments Have Adopted Sustainability Plans

Source: PR Newswire

Thirty-two percent of local governments have adopted a sustainability plan, according to a national survey of U.S. cities and counties. Among the responding jurisdictions that have adopted plans, nearly 68% indicated that those...

March 31, 2016 Government's plan (UK) for secure power generation 'unfit for purpose': report

Source: The Guardian

A £2.8bn government scheme funded by energy bill payers which aims to keep the lights on in Britain has been condemned as wasteful, expensive and “unfit for purpose” in a damning report.

March 31, 2016 The alarming science driving much higher sea level projections for this century

Source: Washington Post

For many scientists studying Antarctica, and particularly the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet, a major new study significantly increasing expectations for sea-level rise is the culmination of a large body of prior research —...

March 31, 2016 Blue Cross: Obamacare Enrollees Are Less Healthy, More Expensive Than Anticipated

Source: Daily Caller

Obamacare enrollees have a high rate of certain serious illnesses, use more medical services and have higher medical costs according to a report released by health-insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield Association late Tuesday...

March 30, 2016 We're happier! Consumer confidence rebounds

Source: USA Today

A closely watched index of Americans' perceptions of the economy and labor market rose to 96.2 from an upwardly revised 94 in February as their short-term outlook brightened, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Economists...

March 30, 2016 New study shows desert mangroves are major source of carbon storage

Source: Phys.org

Researchers found that short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts. The new study led by researchers at...

March 29, 2016 New Research Offers Much-Needed Hope For Our Oceans

Source: Huff Post

The study, published in Monday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that with better fishing practices, the majority of the world’s fisheries — 77 percent, to be exact — could recover to a healthy...

March 29, 2016 Too early to hail dip in China’s CO2, despite coal fall-study

Source: Reuters

Reports of a historic dip in China‘s carbon dioxide emissions in the past two years are premature because of uncertainty over data showing the pace of a decline in coal use by the world’s biggest consumer, a study showed on...

March 29, 2016 Existing Home Sales Collapsed In February - Why You Can Rest Easy

Source: Seeking Alpha

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports the data and speculated that the meaningful decline might be due to the tight inventory situation.

March 28, 2016 Climate Change Threatens The Lives Of More Than 13 Million Americans

Source: Collective Evolution

More than 13 million people – in the US alone – could face the risk of inundation by 2100, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change.

March 28, 2016 New survey finds a growing climate consensus among meteorologists

Source: The Guardian

There have been multiple scientific studies that all concur: scientists know that climate change is happening and it is largely caused by humans. I recently wrote about this here, where I reviewed the studies. It turns out that...

March 28, 2016 Record Renewable Energy Investment in 2015

Source: Maritime Executive

Developing world investments in renewables topped those of developed nations for the first time in 2015, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 report.

March 28, 2016 How does US gender pay gap compare internationally? Pretty well, study says.

Source: CS Monitor

The US ranks low internationally when it comes to gender pay gap. But after factoring in several considerations such as proportional female employees and experience, the US actually fares pretty well.

March 24, 2016 FLASH REPORT: G&A Institute & Trust Across America Partner to Examine Trustworthiness for S&P 500® Companies Not Reporting on Sustainability

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

Results Show Higher Trust for Firms Reporting on Their Sustainability Journeys New York, NY - March 24, 2016 -- Continuing the in-depth analysis of S&P 500 (r) companies' sustainability reporting activities, Governance &...[more]

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