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April 21, 2015 Sustainability challenges and opportunities for CFOs

Source: CGMA Magazine

CFOs who embrace sustainability can help improve an organisation’s performance in several key areas: risk management, capital productivity, and innovation and growth.

April 21, 2015 Poll Shows We Need to Come Out on Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

A new poll released this week by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveals that Americans rarely--very rarely--hear people they know talk about climate change and surprisingly few hear about it on a weekly basis in...

April 20, 2015 World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

Source: The Guardian

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was discarded around the world in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said.

April 20, 2015 Survey: US businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

Source: UT San Diego

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

April 16, 2015 Obama's EPA Rule Is Redrawing the U.S. Coal Map

Source: Bloomberg

America’s oldest coal plants are retiring like they’re Baby Boomers, and some of them are the same age. About 17 percent of U.S. coal-fired power generation will vanish in the next few years — some 7.5 percent this year alone,...

April 15, 2015 Big energy companies operating behind 'smokescreen of sustainability' – GetUp

Source: The Guardian

Emissions of toxic pollution by EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy have increased by more than 500% in the past financial year, and AGL has become the country’s biggest carbon polluter, a new study claims.

April 14, 2015 Floods & Drought Amid Climate Change Cost Global Economy Billions: Oxford

Insurance Journal - According to the report from the University of Oxford published at the start of the îWorld Water Forumî in Korea, South Asia has the largest concentration of water-related risks. East and Southeast...

April 13, 2015 California's New Era of Heat Destroys All Previous Records

Source: Bloomberg

The California heat of the past 12 months is like nothing ever seen in records going back to 1895. The 12 months before that were similarly without precedent. And the 12 months before that? A freakishly hot year, too.

April 13, 2015 In U.S., Uninsured Rate Dips to 11.9% in First Quarter

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The uninsured rate among U.S. adults declined to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015 -- down one percentage point from the previous quarter and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, just before the Affordable Care...

April 13, 2015 How Much Americans Really Pay in Taxes

Source: Bloomberg

A new report from the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation shows that looking only at income taxes misses most of what we pay to the federal government each year.

April 10, 2015 3 Ways Brands Can Use Corporate Social Responsibility Principles To Create Better Advertising

Source: Fastcoexist.com

In a new report, the firm BSR examines the idea that brands can use these principles to build trust and loyalty among customers. For the most part, they can. Eva Dienel, associate director of communications at BSR, cites a recent...

April 9, 2015 What Investors Think About Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Millionaire

Younger wealthy investors have a greater interest in socially responsible investments than older investors.

April 8, 2015 This Animated Map Shows How Moving Oil by Rail Exploded in the Past Five Years

Source: Bloomberg

America's oil boom has unearthed new supplies of crude so fast that the nation's system of pipelines hasn't been able to keep up. And so an industry is born: Crude by rail.

April 8, 2015 Superflu pandemic is biggest danger to UK apart from a terrorist attack – and could kill 80,000 people

Source: Independent (UK)

As many as 80,000 people could be killed in an outbreak of a new kind of superbug and “much of modern medicine” could become unsafe because diseases are becoming resistant to modern drugs, according to a new Government report.

April 7, 2015 Fateful Harvest: A Reuters Special Report

Source: Reuters

The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer...

April 7, 2015 This Is How America Really Feels About Climate Change: New Model Breaks It Down To The County Level

Source: IB Times

There have been plenty of reports and coverage about global warming, or climate change, but how do Americans really feel about the phenomenon? Researchers from Yale University and Utah State University created a model that...

April 6, 2015 CDC says 77% of packaged grocery store foods contain high level of Sodium

Source: World of Tech Today

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) holds packaged and processed foods as the main culprits behind the Americans’ consuming salt in excess of the daily recommended allowance....

April 6, 2015 Poll: Americans Starting to Worry About Climate Change Now That It Affects Their Lawns

Source: The New Yorker

SACRAMENTO – A new poll shows that Americans who were unconcerned about climate change as it wreaked havoc around the world are beginning to worry, now that global warming is affecting the appearance of their lawns.

April 6, 2015 Report: Sea level will rise

carolinacoastonline.com - The draft also contains scenario-based global sea level rise projections, based on data from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî. The panelâs scenarios on low and high...

April 2, 2015 These Charts Show the Horrific Conditions That Forced California Into Water Rationing

Source: Bloomberg

Here are four charts that offer a glimpse at California's predicament, which by some measures has been the worst drought in at least 1200 years

April 2, 2015 How Much U.S. Oil and Gas Comes From Fracking?

Source: Wall Street Journal

Hydraulic fracturing has unleashed vast new quantities of crude oil and natural gas. The percentage of fuel flowing from shale-rock compared with traditional oil and gas fields has been steadily rising. But lackluster energy...

April 2, 2015 Harvard, Stanford Reject 95 Percent of Applicants This Year

Source: Bloomberg

Harvard University accepted a record-low 5.3 percent of hopefuls after attracting 37,307 applicants as it stepped up recruiting with a social-media campaign. The previous year, the figure was 5.9 percent. The admission rates for...

April 2, 2015 Here's America's New Minimum Wage Map

Source: Bloomberg

The map shows up-to-date information of the minimum wage across the country.

April 1, 2015 Environment Maine releases new report on climate change - text/video

Source: WCSH - TV

Rain and snowfall is up 28 percent in New England since the 1970s, according to a new Environment Maine report. The environmental advocacy organization gathered on the Maine State Pier Tuesday to explain the report's findings,...

April 1, 2015 Oceans could take thousands of years to recover from climate change, study says

Source: CS Monitor

Decades of climate change have taken a toll on ocean ecosystems – and it could take millennia for them to bounce back, according to new research.

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