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February 27, 2015 First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

Source: Berkeley Lab

Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. The researchers, led by scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

February 27, 2015 Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly - study

Source: Reuters

OSLO - A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

February 26, 2015 Free Management Briefing on Sustainable & Ethical Cotton Sourcing

Source: Innovation Forum

Here is Innovation Forum’s new management briefing on Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing –How to get it right, and make it pay for your business.[more]

February 26, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing: An Overcrowded Trade [Part Two]

Source: Valuewalk

Other studies have shown that socially responsible investments consistently underperform local benchmarks. A study entitled The Price of Ethics: Evidence from Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, by Renneboog, Luc and ter Horst,...

February 25, 2015 'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black Death

Source: BBC

Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a study suggests. Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century,...

February 25, 2015 Amnesty's report details 'devastating year of mass violence'

Source: BBC News

Amnesty International's newly published annual report makes for decidedly sober reading. But that's to be expected given the atrocities committed in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Central African Republic and other countries

February 25, 2015 GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT ALLIANCE ISSUES SECOND INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE

Source: GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT ALLIANCE

WASHINGTON, DC —The global sustainable investment market has grown substantially in both absolute and relative terms, according to The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2014, a report released by the Global Sustainable...[more]

February 24, 2015 Companies turning to social media to communicate sustainability

Source: Blue and Green Tomorrow

Global companies are increasingly turning to social media to communicate their sustainability initiatives to the public, according to a report from Sustainly. The trend comes as consumers are taking more factors into account when...

February 23, 2015 Caramel coloring in cola drinks raises risks of cancer – Study

Source: Times Gazette

The chemical process generated while producing the caramel coloring used in most cola drinks has been found to raise the risks of cancer for one in every 100,000 people that consume the drink – a new research states.

February 23, 2015 Ancient cities grew pretty much like modern ones, say scientists

Source: CS Monitor

A study of archeological data from ancient Mexican settlements reveals remarkable similarities between pre-Colombian cities and modern ones, lending support to the idea that urban spaces are shaped by universal social behaviors....

February 20, 2015 Americans Support Action on Global Warming

Source: The Energy Collective

Reports showing that global warming and its worldwide effects on human lives have become more common in recent months and years. Here, we summarize the results of some polls of American public opinion on this subject.

February 20, 2015 Arsenic, nitrates among pollutants in California drinking water: report

Source: Reuters

California’s public drinking water systems violated safety levels for contaminants more than 1,000 times during the 2012-2013 fiscal year says a report that cites high levels in some water systems of arsenic, nitrates and other...

February 19, 2015 NASA Study Finds Increased Risk of U.S. Megadrought

Ecology - The Fifth Assessment Report, issued by the United Nations îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) in 2013, synthesized the available scientific studies and reported that increases in evaporation...

February 19, 2015 Miami is already sinking under rising sea levels

Grist - In 2014, the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî released its fifth Assessment Report, predicting that oceans would rise more than three feet by 2100. Those projections make for some alarming visions...

February 18, 2015 New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report

Source: Huff Post

Climate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released Tuesday from a panel of scientific experts

February 18, 2015 Global Ocean Acidity Revealed in New Maps

Source: Live Science

Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.

February 18, 2015 Equation cyberspies use unrivaled, NSA-style techniques to hit Iran, Russia

Source: Computerworld

A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia.

February 16, 2015 America's heartland risks ag economic disruptions as climate change advances, report says

Source: High Planes Ag Journal

The Midwestern U.S. faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous levels of heat in many of its largest cities, if climate change continues unabated, according to a new report released Jan. 23 by the...

February 16, 2015 Tiny Quakes Linked to Fracking Raise Risks, Geophysicist Says

Source: NBC News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates

February 13, 2015 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: New Report Shows Skyrocketing Executive Pay in S&P 500 Companies

International Business Times - Ever wonder how much the top dogs make in corporate America these days' A new report released Thursday from îAs You Sowî, a California-based non-profit foundation that promotes corporate...

February 13, 2015 Plastic Ocean Waste Levels Going Up, Study Says

Source: NY Times

Some eight million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way into the world’s oceans each year, and the amount of the debris is likely to increase greatly over the next decade unless nations take strong measures to dispose of...

February 12, 2015 New White Paper from Breckinridge Capital Advisors Examines the Value of Corporate Bond ESG Analysis

The Providence Journal - Breckinridge's corporate bond ESG research framework combines aggregated data from MSCI, GMI, Bloomberg, and îSustainalyticsî with calculations Breckinridge has created in-house to evaluate...

February 12, 2015 Goldman: Here's Why Oil Crashed—and Why Lower Prices Are Here to Stay

Source: Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs released an intriguing analysis on Wednesday that shows what many already suspected: The big culprit in the oil crash has been an abundance of oil flooding the market. A massive supply shock in the second half of...

February 12, 2015 The World Can Turn the Corner on Climate Change by 2020. Here's How

Source: Huff Post

When it comes to climate action, it's a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions of the future are necessary -- but they tend to lack an essential ingredient.

February 11, 2015 Wind farm study finds 'no direct evidence' they affect health

Source: The Guardian

There is “no direct evidence” that windfarms affect health in humans, a report by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has found. However the chairman of the NHMRC wind farms and health reference group, the...

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