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June 12, 2014 Report: Dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

Source: USA Today

U.S. consumers are wasting $4 billion annually to power clothes dryers that, unlike other common household appliances, have barely improved their energy efficiency since the 1970s, a report today says.

June 11, 2014 The Big Four of Accounting Will Be Among the Big Winners if U.S. Adopts Climate Law

New York Times - Other emerging trends in the United States point to even greater opportunities for the Big Four, including repeated calls by groups like the îInvestor Network on Climate Riskî and Ceres to have the...

June 10, 2014 Graph of the Day: Climate change as global security threat

Renew Economy - The latest report from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî has outlined the key challenges global warming poses for the global defence sector, as it generates new threats to the...

June 10, 2014 2014 CSR Top 10 organisations revealed, lack of government leadership blamed for overall lag

Source: Marketing Magazine (au)

Australian organisations are falling behind when it comes to the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to a new report, with lack of government and business leadership to blame. ‘The State of...

June 10, 2014 253 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads; average age is 11.4 years

Source: LA Times

he average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has hit a plateau of about 11.4 years, according to an annual study by IHS Automotive, an auto industry research firm. After a period since the Great Recession in which the age of vehicles...

June 6, 2014 Top 50 socially responsible corporations: 2014

Source: Maclean's

See more from our special feature on Canada’s top 50 socially responsible corporations: Risk and reputation: What the Rana Plaza collapse has taught companies in all industries about managing their supply chains. Unloading on...

June 5, 2014 UCS: Report highlights successful efforts to stem deforestation in 17 countries

Eurek Alert - "The rewards far outweigh the costs." The report is available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our...

June 5, 2014 Risk posed by China mountain removal

Source: BBC News

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say. Researchers from Chang'an University in China have warned that dozens of mountains have already been...

June 3, 2014 FLASH REPORT: Seventy-Two Percent (72%) of the S&P Index Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2013 — Dramatically Up from 52% in 2012 & Just About 20% in 2011

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY — June 2, 2014 — In an analysis just completed by the Governance & Accountability Institute research team, seventy two percent (72%) of the companies included in The S&P 500 Index® were found to have published a...[more]

June 2, 2014 Study ranks Hyundai as greenest in U.S.

Automotive News - Hyundai Motor Co., which has championed smaller engines, dethroned Honda Motor Co. as the greenest automaker in the United States, a report from the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî said. The...

May 29, 2014 New Report Shows Decline in Carbon Dioxide and Other Pollutants from U.S. Power Plants, but State and Power Company Emissions Vary Widely

Source: Ceres

A new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the country’s top 100 electric power producers shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxides (SO2), mercury and carbon dioxide (CO2) since 2000, with CO2...

May 29, 2014 US survey finds cybercrime rising

Source: IOL SciTech

San Jose - The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of US businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released on Wednesday. The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online...

May 27, 2014 Nearly Half Of Californians Favor Health Care Reform, Survey Reveals

Source: KPBS

Nearly half of Californians, 48 percent, have a generally favorable opinion of federal health care reform, according to a new survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. The institute's Mark Baldasarre, who's...

May 27, 2014 Best Practice Guidance for Policymakers and Stock Exchanges on Sustainability Reporting Initiatives

Source: UN Conference on Trade and Development

Today the world faces a number of critical development challenges, from chronic poverty and economic instability to climate change and harmful emissions. The United Nations is working to identify and address some of the world’s...

May 20, 2014 African camels show MERS virus more widespread than believed

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Geneva: The deadly respiratory virus that has spread from Saudi Arabia around the world was found in camels in Nigeria, Tunisia and Ethiopia, showing the pathogen is more widespread than previously known. Middle East respiratory...

May 19, 2014 Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming

Source: Houston Chronicle

WASHINGTON - The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three...

May 15, 2014 WRI Water Risk Map Launched on Bloomberg

Environmental Leader - The îWorld Resources Instituteîâs Aqueduct Overall Water Risk map is now integrated with Bloombergâs interactive mapping platform, BMAP, and is available to the more than 320,000...

May 15, 2014 Rising Seas Be Dammed ... With Fat Climate Change Reports

Source: Bloomberg -The Grid

Not to worry if you missed the 841-page National Climate Assessment issued last week by the White House. There are others you might like better. Yesterday the federally funded Center for Naval Analysis put out a short tome about...

May 14, 2014 Mers: The mystery virus with no known cure

Source: BBC

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness. Since first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, there have been scores of cases around the world.

May 14, 2014 Climate Change Poses Growing National-Security Threat: Report

Source: Time

Climate change is a "catalyst for conflict" and a "threat multiplier" posing a growing national-security threat to the U.S., a new report finds. Climate change does not only threaten the environment but also U.S. national...

May 13, 2014 Stopping Climate Change ‘Almost Impossible’ If China Can’t Quit Coal, Report Says

Source: ThinkProgress.org

If China doesn’t begin to limit its coal consumption by 2030, it will be “almost impossible” for the world avoid a situation where global warming stays below 2°C, a new study released Monday found.The study, led by the U.K.’s...

May 12, 2014 US govt failed to inspect ‘high risk’ oil & gas wells

Source: RT

The US government has neglected to inspect thousands of oil and natural gas wells that pose a potential threat to the environment, a report has revealed. An investigation has uncovered outdated technologies still in use and lax...

May 1, 2014 More US corporations must boost sustainability efforts, report warns

Click Green - More US corporations need to improve their sustainability goals and take more decisive action to achieve them, according to a report released today by Ceres and îSustainalyticsî. The Report assessed how...

April 30, 2014 “State of the Air” – Half of U.S. Live with Unhealthy Air

Source: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report finds half of Americans still live in counties where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe. The 15th annual national report card...

April 30, 2014 Researchers Uncover Mystery Behind 1918 Flu Pandemic

Source: Counsel & Heal

In 1918, the flu pandemic was responsible for an estimated 50 million deaths throughout the world. For decades, researchers did not know why the flu was so fatal, especially for young people between the ages of 20 and 40. Now,...

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