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September 11, 2014 Report: EPA Should Use Sustainability Tools, Embrace Collaboration

Source: Environmental Leader

The EPA should incorporate sustainability tools in its decision making and collaborate with private-sector companies and non-government organizations, according to a report by the National Research Council.

September 11, 2014 Study: Climate change, development worsens wildfire risk

azcentral.com - drier conditions in the American West that contribute to îwildfiresî and stretch fire seasons by up to two months. Since 1970, regional temperatures have increased by 1.9 degrees, according to the...

September 11, 2014 Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report finds, blaming climate change

Estes Park Trail Gazette - The Union of Concerned Scientists and Rocky Mountain Climate Organization report, released Wednesday morning, says aspen trees likely will decrease by 45 percent in Colorado and 61 percent across the...

September 10, 2014 Can't HR and sustainability just get along?

Source: GreenBiz

Today, we’re releasing the third edition of our employee engagement survey, which GreenBiz began in 2008 in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation

September 10, 2014 Why Sustainability Makes Business Sense

Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability is a priority for food and beverage companies, yet it’s a challenge to implement, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. The State of Sustainability at Food and Beverage Companies gauged attitudes toward...

September 10, 2014 Poll: Voters skeptical of fed's energy agenda

Source: The Hill

A poll released Tuesday by the conservative group American Energy Alliance (AEA) found that 65 percent of likely voters want their state, not the federal government, to decide what energy sources power their electricity supply.

September 8, 2014 Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

Source: Blue & Green

Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research.

September 8, 2014 World Falls Behind in Efforts to Tackle Climate Change: Report

Source: Scientific America

LONDON - The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions needed to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report...

September 8, 2014 69% of chemical industry has embraced sustainability, says Genomatica and ICIS survey

Source: Bio Fuel Digest

In California, Genomatica has announced the results of a survey on sustainability issues in the chemical industry.

September 8, 2014 Sustainability & Employee Engagement

Source: GreenBiz

The third edition of our employee engagement survey, which we began in 2008 in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). In our most recent results, 73 percent of respondents indicated that their...

September 5, 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Leads to Better Customer Service

Source: Drexel Now

A new study led by Drexel University’s Daniel Korschun, PhD, an assistant professor at the LeBow College of Business, examines how frontline employees respond to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities such as charitable...

September 5, 2014 New study finds 99.999 percent certainty humans are causing global warming

Raw Story - The 2013 îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî Fifth Assessment Report provided an expert consensus that: It is extremely likely [defined as 95-100% certainty] that more than half of the observed...

September 4, 2014 Study: Global warming to heighten risk of Southwestern megadroughts

Source: Washington Post

Exceptional drought, the most severe category, afflicts over 58 percent of California. The current drought may be a mere sneak preview of longer lasting and more devastating drought in the coming century, according to a study...

September 4, 2014 Study Shows Socially Responsible Investing Improves Performance

Source: New Amsterdam Partners

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 - A recent study by New Amsterdam Partners has demonstrated that asset managers can create better portfolios weeding out stocks with low ESG ratings. It also found that stocks with higher ESG ratings...[more]

September 3, 2014 New Survey Of The Effects Of Climate Change On India's Water Supplies Offers Hope For Water Stressed Regions

wateronline.com - "It is critical that we adopt a multi-level approach to the problem of climate change and water management," says Dr. K Palanisami of the îInternational Water Management Instituteî and a coeditor of...

September 2, 2014 Drinking or fracking' Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water

FORTUNE - A new study by the global research organization îWorld Resources Instituteî (WRI) found that the best shale deposits where the fracking would be done are in places like China, Mexico and South Africa,...

August 29, 2014 Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests

Source: Huff Post

Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter,...

August 29, 2014 RepRisk releases report on Top 10 Most Controversial Mining Projects

Source: RepRisk

RepRisk has released its latest Special Report on the 10 Most Controversial Mining Projects. These projects have attracted the most criticism related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the past two years,...[more]

August 29, 2014 Southwest's Risk of 35-Year 'Megadrought' Raised in New Study

Source: NBC News

The U.S. Southwest faces a strong chance of a 35-year “megadrought” in this century, according to a new study that used paleoclimate and instrumental data to tweak climate models. The research, led by Toby Ault, a Cornell...

August 27, 2014 Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

Source: Yahoo News

When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax...

August 27, 2014 Science group says climate change worsening, dangerous

Source: USA Today

Human influence on the planet's climate is clear and having "widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems," some of which may be irreversible, says a draft report out today from a United Nations science panel.

August 26, 2014 Reuters Slideshow: California’s historic drought

Source: Reuters

A sign advising to pray for rain hangs above an exhibit area at the 47th Annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, February 12, 2014. The expo takes place as a third year of drought plagues California farmers with the driest...

August 25, 2014 America's Great Solar Boom--In 6 Encouraging Charts

Co.EXIST - For a readable account of solar's progress, take a look at this new report from the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî. It sizes up the boom, looks at what's driving it, and explores what needs to happen for...

August 19, 2014 UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking

Source: The Guardian

The vision of an energy-independent Britain, free of the clear and growing problems of overseas fuel dependency, is deeply alluring. That is one of the reasons I set up a solar energy company 15 years ago. Today, Putin's Russia,...

August 19, 2014 Humans blamed for melting glaciers in new study

techtimes.com - They employed "state-of-the art modeling techniques, relying on 12 climate models. The reports analyzed were from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî. It's a group of climate-change experts...

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