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September 15, 2015 California's Sierra Nevada snowpack is the lowest in 500 years

Source: USA Today

The snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains this year has fallen to its lowest level in at least the past 500 years, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed British journal.

September 14, 2015 The Corporate Governance Preferences Of Institutional Investors

Source: ValueWalk

We survey institutional investors to better understand their role in the corporate governance of firms. Consistent with a number of theories we document widespread behind-the-scenes intervention as well as governance-motivated...

September 14, 2015 The 5 Most Dangerous Foodborne Pathogens

Source: Food Safety News

It can be tricky business to say that one foodborne pathogen is more dangerous than another. Are the criteria the number of illnesses, number of deaths, or percentage of victims who die? Do the severity of an illness or chronic...

September 14, 2015 Southern Ocean Carbon Sink Stronger Than Ever In Absorbing CO2

Source: Tech Times

According to recent reports, the Southern Ocean around Antarctica has begun soaking up more greenhouse gases, essentially helping limit climate change.

September 10, 2015 Survey: US more competitive globally, but inequality a risk

Source: Seattle PI

WASHINGTON — Income inequality will remain a persistent problem despite brighter prospects for U.S. companies globally, according to an annual survey of Harvard Business School alumni.

September 9, 2015 Is Institutional Investor Stewardship Still Elusive?

Source: ValueWalk

This article examines, on the fifth anniversary of the landmark UK Stewardship Code, the notable achievements and continuing challenges in the drive to encourage institutional investors to be informed and engaged owners.

September 8, 2015 Sustainability reporting lacking among world’s largest firms

Source: IR Magazine

Reporting of major sustainability indicators by the world’s large listed corporations has slowed, leaving investors ‘in the dark’ when it comes to creating portfolios that take into account environmental and social issues,...

September 3, 2015 Citi report: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars

Source: The Guardian

Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citibank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report considered two...

September 3, 2015 How History Shaped China's Water Crisis

Source: The Diplomat

Struggles over water are not new in China or around the world. But these struggles have their own unique historical and cultural contexts. Climate, geography, and social forces all combined to escalate tensions over water...

September 3, 2015 Three trillion trees on Earth - new study suggests - text/video

Source: BBC

There are about three trillion trees on Earth, according to a new estimate – eight times higher than previous estimates

September 2, 2015 90 Percent of Seabirds Have Plastic in Their Stomachs

Source: Newsweek

By 2050, nearly all seabirds will have plastic in their stomachs. Already, 9 out of 10 of the birds have some of the substance in their digestive tracts. Such are the sobering conclusions of a study published August 31 in the...

September 2, 2015 This video from NASA shows just how much garbage has filled up our oceans

The Business Insider - The î??World Economic Forumî?? Blog is an independent and neutral platform dedicated to generating debate around the key topics that shape global, regional and industry agendas. Read the...

September 1, 2015 Finland emerges most innovative country in the world

Modern Ghana - Hohoe (V/R), Aug. 31, GNA - Finland has emerged as the most innovative country in the world, with Switzerland coming a close second, the î??World Economic Forumî??'s annual 'Global Competitiveness...

August 31, 2015 Corporate Governance And Hedge Fund Activism

Source: ValueWalk

Over the past 25 years, hedge fund activism has emerged as new form of corporate governance mechanism that brings about operational, financial and governance reforms to a corporation. Many prominent business executives and legal...

August 31, 2015 How to turn sustainability into a billion-dollar business

Source: GreenBiz

For “Green Giants,” sustainability is the springboard to innovation. These companies are not introducing incremental improvement or a greener, more ethical, socially responsible variation on the status quo. Instead, they are...

August 28, 2015 NASA research shows world sea levels rising unevenly

2KTUU - In 2013, the United Nations î??Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî?? issued an assessment that stated global sea levels would likely rise from 1 to 3 feet by the end of the century. According to Nerem,...

August 27, 2015 The Many Terrifying Ways Global Warming Will Soon Be Ravaging California


California's unabated drought (the one that's been going on for four long years) has parched the entire state and led to some frightening consequences (parts of the state are sinking), but the worst is yet to come and "there's no...

August 27, 2015 Poll finds Californians happier with their health care

Source: SF Gate

Nearly two years after the major elements of the federal health care law went into effect, California voters say they’re happier with the way the state is running its health care services, but the cost of coverage continues to be...

August 26, 2015 Three big U.S. consumer companies have highest CEO pay gaps - study

Source: Reuters

Popular consumer brands Discovery Communications, Chipotle Mexican Grill and CVS Health Corp pay their chief executive officers more than a thousand times what they pay their typical worker, giving them the biggest internal pay...

August 26, 2015 Farm income seen falling 36% in 2015

Source: CNBC

U.S. farm income is forecast to decline 36 percent in 2015, worse than originally projected—and representing the lowest farm income since 2006, according to the government.

August 25, 2015 Great Barrier Reef species more at risk from climate change, says study

Source: The Guardian

Species native to the Great Barrier Reef are more likely to face extinction through climate change than marine life elsewhere that can adapt by “invading” new regions, according to new research.

August 25, 2015 Safety of conventional ground beef takes a hit in study

Source: SF Gate

At the height of the summer grilling season, a study released Monday indicates a stunning amount of ground beef in American grocery stores is infested with antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

August 24, 2015 Preparedness Key to Avoiding Worst Consequences of Disasters

Source: Reuters

With industrialization progressing rapidly and climate change making extreme weather the new normal, more and more communities are threatened by potentially crippling disasters. A handbook launched today by the United Nations...

August 24, 2015 Low carbon projects could support 60,000 jobs, claims report (Scotland)

Source: The National

REPORT exploring how Scotland’s engineering tradition can be harnessed to tackle fuel poverty, improve public health, create jobs and slash carbon emissions is launched today

August 24, 2015 Proxy Access Proposals: Preliminary 2015 U.S. Postseason Review

Source: ValueWalk

Momentum is the buzzword that best describes the 2015 Proxy Season in the U.S. market. Some issues, such as proxy access, hit the ground running and emerged as ballot box juggernauts. Other topics, such as calls for independent...

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