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August 19, 2014 Not Everyone is On Board With Executive Pay Communications

Source: FEI

A survey by compensation consultants Pearl Meyer & Partners found that while most outside directors said the level of internal communication regarding executive compensation was “just right” (88 percent), only about half of...

August 19, 2014 The Crisis in Clean Drinking Water

Source: Care2.com

According to the World Health Organization, the shortage of sanitary drinking water is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world today. Children are especially hard hit by the lack of this staple for survival....

August 19, 2014 Fracking could threaten air quality, workers’ health, latest report says

Source: Washington Post

Maryland’s latest report on the impact of proposed natural gas exploration in the western part of the state said drilling could pose a threat to air quality and workers in a region that is ecologically pristine.

August 15, 2014 External Assurance for Sustainability Reports on the Rise

Environmental Leader - according to a research report by îGlobal Reporting Initiativeî North America. On a global scale, the number of companies publishing an externally assured GRI report rose from 38 percent in 2011...

August 14, 2014 Effective corporate governance employs multiple strategies, study says

Source: PHYS.org

The most effective corporate governance occurs when a mix of complementary mechanisms that include CEO incentive alignment and both internal and external monitoring mechanisms are present, according to a new study from Penn State...

August 12, 2014 Food safety focus of water report

The Packer Online - The Produce Marketing Association and îWestern Growersî Association partnered with the Center for Produce Safety on a new report about agricultural water and its effect on food safety. The...

August 12, 2014 New study finds fringe global warming contrarians get disproportionate media attention

Source: The Guardian

A new study led by Bart Verheggen surveyed 1,868 scientists studying various aspects of climate change, asking them several questions mainly focused on what’s causing global warming. They survey also asked the respondents, How...

August 12, 2014 Extreme weather becoming more common, study says

Source: The Guardian

Extreme weather like the drought currently scorching the western US and the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 is becoming much more common, according to new scientific research. The work shows so-called “blocking patterns”,...

August 12, 2014 'Gadfly' Trio Leads Proxy Season Disharmony

Source: Corporate Counsel

So far this year three individuals have been the most frequent filers of corporate shareholder proposals, according to a new study, "Frequent Filers: Shareholder Activism by Corporate Gadflies," from the Manhattan Institute for...

August 11, 2014 Tornado strength increasing, driven by global warming - study

Source: Tech Times

Tornadoes could become stronger as time goes on, driven by global warming, according to a new study from Florida State University (FSU). Climate change could be playing a pivotal role in increasing the frequency and strength of...

August 8, 2014 The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is Pitiful

Source: Huff Post

Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burdens holding back large segments of the economy, according to a new Federal...

August 7, 2014 Into The Storm: Rising Risks Of Big Tornado Outbreaks ‘Suggest A Climate Change Signal’

Source: Think Progress

A new study provides some of the first documented evidence that the risk of big, concentrated tornado outbreaks is on the rise. The lead author, Florida State tornado expert James Elsner, told me, “I think our results suggest a...

July 30, 2014 Breakdown of business ethics destroying shareholder value, says Ecclesiastical

Source: Blue & Green Tomorrow

An insight from Ecclesiastical demonstrates the impact corporate misconduct can have on shareholder value. According to the report, corporate businesses in the US and UK have wasted $150 billion (£88.5bn) over the past five...

July 30, 2014 Solar Activity - Not CO2 - Could Cause Global Warming, New Paper Says

Source: Breitbart.com

The impact of carbon dioxide on climate change may have been overstated, with solar activity giving a better explanation of changes in the Earth's temperature, according to Chinese scientists.

July 30, 2014 Sage Foundation: Wealth "Inequality" Will Continue to Worsen

Source: Tge New American

In another so-called research study about wealth inequality, the liberal think-tank Sage Foundation said in June that while the super-rich have fully recovered from the Great Recession, the vast majority of Americans have not....

July 22, 2014 Report: Hedge funds escaped billions in taxes

Source: USA Today

Two large banks used a complex financial scheme to help 13 hedge funds avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes and evade federal borrowing limits on brokerage accounts over a 15-year period, according to the findings of a...

July 21, 2014 Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would be better governed if more people with business and management experience were in political office. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with...

July 18, 2014 Report: Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record

Source: Science Magazine

A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers...

July 17, 2014 Bubble Paranoia Setting in as S&P 500 Surge Stirs Angst

Source: Bloomberg

Two years of uninterrupted gains in U.S. stocks are sowing anxiety among financial professionals, with three in five saying the market is on the verge of a bubble or already in one, the Bloomberg Global Poll found.

July 16, 2014 New report makes case for impact investing

FTSE Global Markets - US investment firm Sonen Capital has published a new report which suggests that impact investment can outperform traditional asset class strategies. The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, launched the...

July 15, 2014 Why Fracking And Other Disasters Are So Hard to Stop

OpEdNews - A new report offers compelling evidence that fracking for natural gas is killing domestic animals like horses, cattle, goats, and sheep. The dead animals provide a strong warning that fracking can harm humans --...

July 15, 2014 Fixed income managers shift focus to ESG

Source: Investor Daily

The JANA ESG in Fixed Interest Survey, which recorded the responses of 63 of the largest fixed income managers, found 88 per cent of respondents believe ESG factors influence the financial outcomes of fixed income investments.

July 15, 2014 Top 1 Percent Is Even Richer Than Surveys Say, ECB Paper Finds

Source: Bloomberg

The oft-cited line that the top 1 percent of U.S. households lay claim to 30 percent of all wealth is probably an understatement, according to a European Central Bank working paper. Incorporating “missed” data on rich households...

July 10, 2014 This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Yahoo Finance - The biggest climate-related risks vary across different regions of the world. The handy chart below, published by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî last Sunday, shows which regions should...

July 9, 2014 Study: Pollution is the largest factor in disease, death in developing world

Wisconsin Gazette - The analysis, based on new data from the îWorld Health Organizationî and others, indicates that 7.4 million deaths in a single year were due to pollution sources from air, îwaterî,...

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