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October 23, 2014 Harvard Launches Sustainability Plan

Source: Harvard Magazine

The University has unveiled an ambitious five-year Sustainability Plan—the first of its kind for Harvard—detailing a strategy to build on existing greenhouse gas reduction goals and setting priorities in five core areas: energy...

October 22, 2014 REPORT: Substantial Progress on Sustainability Initiatives at 55 Stock Exchanges; Key Capital Market Leaders Convene at Largest Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogue

Source: 3BL Media

As the initiative’s flagship event, the Global Dialogue convened CEOs of stock exchanges, companies and institutional investors, alongside high-level policy makers and capital market regulators. This unique gathering offered a...

October 22, 2014 Report: The Chief Sustainability Officer Role is Evolving

Source: Triple Pundit

It was not long ago that the chief sustainability officer—or whatever title that person or committee tucked into their email signature—was often someone on the outside looking in. For many companies, appointing a CSO was done to...

October 21, 2014 Shareholder ‘No’ Votes on Pay Show Uptick

Source: CFO

A new report on the 2014 proxy season show a rise in the number of executive compensation plans that failed to receive majority shareholder support.

October 21, 2014 Perils of drinking sugary soda: weight gain, cavities, shortened lifespan and

Source: Dallas Morning News

This report comes via the Washington Post, which in turn saw it in the American Journal of Public Health. But enough giving credit where it’s due. The important news is this: More soda = shorter telomeres = shortened life span.

October 21, 2014 Debris Mass in Huge Sinkhole Shows Hawaii's Tsunami Risk: Study

Source: NBC News

A massive earthquake strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, spawning a 30-foot-high tsunami that blasts onto Hawaii’s shore and fills a huge sinkhole with debris. Researchers sift through it 500 years later, find evidence of the...

October 21, 2014 Natural Gas Detrimental to Low-Carbon Economy, Study Says

Source: Triple Pundit

Compared to dirty coal, natural gas looks like a clean fuel. As fracking becomes more widespread, natural gas is becoming more abundant. It is often touted as a bridge fuel, serving our energy needs until technology advances in...

October 20, 2014 World Bank Publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Source: World Bank

The World Bank, a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, released its web-based 2014 sustainability report. This is the second year the World Bank followed the Global...[more]

October 16, 2014 97% of companies fail to provide data on key sustainability indicators

Source: Guardiab (UK)

New report finds only 129 of 4,069 largest companies listed on the world’s stock exchanges are disclosing the most basic sustainability information

October 8, 2014 Rising seas seen causing routine floods in U.S. cities: study

Source: Reuters

As sea levels rise, tidal flooding along the U.S. coast is likely to become so common that parts of many communities, including the nation’s capital, could become unusable within three decades, according to a new report from the...

October 5, 2014 Five lessons from the floods 2014

TNS - In its fifth assessment report, the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) has strengthened its assessment that extreme rainfall will be a feature of climate change as weather patterns shift across...

October 2, 2014 Free Management Briefing on What Business Can Do to Tackle Deforestation

Here is Innovation Forum’s new management briefing on what companies can do to minimise their deforestation footprints, work with NGOs and manage legal and reputational risk.[more]

September 30, 2014 Solar power could be world’s main energy source by 2050

Source: Fortune

By mid-century, the sun could be the largest source of energy and help reign in global warming by preventing the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report from the International Energy...

September 29, 2014 RepRisk releases Special Report on Indigenous Communities

Source: RepRisk

Zurich – RepRisk, the leading provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released its latest Special Report on Indigenous Communities and the ESG issues that are impacting these...[more]

September 29, 2014 Survey: CEOs see opportunities within sustainability, but not immediate benefits

Source: Blue & Green Tomorrow

Two-thirds of global chief executives believe that businesses are not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to a new UN report.

September 29, 2014 Pledges To Divest From Fossil Fuels Are Pocket Change To Oil And Gas Industry

International Business Times - The nearly 1,500 exchange-listed oil and gas companies are together valued at $4.65 trillion, according to a recent paper by Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî. "Fossil fuels are investor...

September 23, 2014 Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming

Source: Seattle Times

The rise in temperatures along the West Coast over the past century is almost entirely due to natural forces — not human emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a major new study. But that doesn’t refute the idea that humans...

September 23, 2014 Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

Source: US News

Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks.

September 23, 2014 Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

Source: Guardiab (UK)

As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth...

September 17, 2014 Most CEOs ‘overconfident’ about sustainability

Source: IR Magazine

Chief executive officers greatly overestimate their own abilities to communicate their sustainability strategies to investors, while others may be equally overconfident when explaining the advantages of such programs, a survey by...

September 17, 2014 Climate Report Details Flood Risk to Sites in Washington

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital is likely to see record flooding by 2050, putting about $7 billion worth of property, three military bases and parts of the National Mall at risk as a result of climate change that is raising sea...

September 16, 2014 It's clear that prosperity and climate change action can go hand in hand

Source: Guardian (UK)

The link between economic growth and action to reduce the risks of climate change is the focus of the New Climate Economy report issued on Tuesday. Its credentials are impressive and its findings emphatic.

September 16, 2014 Government given red card for failing to tackle UK's toxic air

Source: Politics.co.uk

The government has been handed a 'red card' by MPs over its failure to tackle rising levels of air pollution across the UK. Air pollution contributes to thousands of deaths across the country every year, but government promises...

September 15, 2014 At least 150 major companies prep for carbon prices

Source: USA Today

At least 150 major companies worldwide - including ExxonMobil, Google, Microsoft and 26 others in the United States - are already making business plans that assume they will be taxed on their carbon pollution, a report today says.

September 12, 2014 GRI North America and KPMG in Canada Spotlight on Corporate Transparency: Insights from Global 2014 is now available.

Source: GRI North America

This white paper discusses the main drivers of corporate transparency, the impact it has on business and why it matters. Spotlight on corporate transparency: Insights from GLOBE2014 is the culmination of the GLOBE 2014...[more]

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