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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]

March 24, 2016 And the most congested city in the world is...

Source: Washington Post

Traffic congestion wreaks havoc on productivity, the environment, and, of course, travelers. Last year, mapping and traffic service TomTom revealed that commuters were wasting an average of 100 hours each year stuck in...

March 24, 2016 Which presidential candidate would benefit your wallet most?

Source: CBS News

In the International Business Times, personal finance editor Lauren Lyons Cole explains how the tax plans of leading presidential candidates could have a "lasting impact on the American economy as well as your future paycheck,"...

March 24, 2016 Shockingly low number of Americans live healthy lifestyle

Source: CBS News

Do you get a moderate amount of exercise, eat right, keep from piling on fat and avoid smoking? Congratulations, you're among the 2.7 percent of Americans who do so, according to a new study.

March 24, 2016 How is climate change affecting agriculture?

Source: University of California

In an effort to forecast how climate change may affect agriculture, University of California agricultural economists looked at how climate has affected crop acreage in the past. The effect of temperature changes on plants depends...

March 24, 2016 Scathing independent report blames state officials for Flint water crisis

Source: Washington Post

A task force appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to investigate the water-contamination crisis in Flint issued a blistering report Wednesday, laying blame squarely on state officials in what it called “a story of government...

March 23, 2016 Danger of some laminate wood flooring was underestimated, report says

Source: CNN

Everyone exposed to formaldehyde in some laminate flooring could experience adverse health effects, according to a revised report issued by several government agencies. The revised report, released Tuesday, also found lifetime...

March 23, 2016 Global Warming Could Yield Catastrophic Effects Sooner Than We Think

Source: Fortune

A group of leading climate scientists have warned that the effects of global warming could come quicker and at a far bigger impact than originally thought.

March 22, 2016 Record number of Americans now say humans cause climate change (+video)

Source: CS Monitor

Sixty-five percent of Americans say human activities are responsible for climate change, the highest reading ever according to a Gallup poll published earlier this month. And 64 percent of Americans say they are worried a great...

March 22, 2016 Vegan Eating Would Slash Food's Global Warming Emissions: Study

Source: NBC News

By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate...

March 22, 2016 Electric cars, not solar panels, more likely to cut NZ carbon footprint - report

Source: Stuff.com.nz

Concept says an electric vehicle could cut annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 tonnes over the long-term. The vehicles would be charged from low-emission power sources in New Zealand and usually at off-peak times, such as...

March 22, 2016 Wind power: funding body spends $3.3m on research into turbines' health impact

Source: The Guardian

An Australian research council has given two grants worth $3.3m to research the impact of wind turbines on human health despite concluding last year there was no evidence turbine noise was harmful.

March 21, 2016 Five sea level rise studies that could help cities plan for climate change

High County News - Ninety experts from 18 countries concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had underestimated sea level rise predictions in its reports. They said oceans could rise anywhere from one to 10 feet by...

March 17, 2016 Gallup: Fears About Global Warming at 8-Year High

Source: NewsFront

Global warming is becoming a more serious concern among Americans, with fears about the issue reaching near-decade highs — along with rising attitudes that climate change is being caused by activities, a new Gallup poll...

March 17, 2016 Americans less happy now than in 2007, says latest World Happiness Report

Source: MarketWatch

The U.S. ranked as the 13th happiest country overall in the 2016 report, while Denmark claimed the top spot. Crisis-wracked Burundi took the bottom spot in the ranking of more than 150 nations.

March 17, 2016 Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: US Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since China Entered WTO

Supply Chain Diges - Why' While there are probably a number of factors, China's late 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), which greatly reduced tariffs and duties on goods imported from China, has to be among the...

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