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July 29, 2015 CPA Canada Examines Sustainability Reporting

Source: Accounting Today

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada organization has published a new study on the evolving corporate reporting landscape, focusing particularly on sustainability issues.

July 29, 2015 Health Care Spending to Accelerate, US Report Says

Source: AP

Health care spending will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, highlighting a challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual...

July 28, 2015 40 percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change

Source: Washington Post

A major concern for climate activists is figuring out what drives the public’s beliefs about climate change. This information can help scientists better engage with the public and help activists understand what factors are likely...

July 28, 2015 German 'wisemen' say euro zone states should be able to go bankrupt

Source: Today Online

BERLIN - The German government's panel of independent economic advisers favors the creation of a sovereign insolvency mechanism for euro zone states to prevent future crises and says countries should be able to leave the currency...

July 28, 2015 British economy grows 0.7 per cent in second quarter: Data

Source: The Economic Times

LONDON: Britain's economy accelerated in the second quarter of 2015, helped by a rebounding services sector, official data showed on Tuesday.

July 28, 2015 The 10 most export-driven economies

The Business Insider - ShutterstockHong Kong Which are the most export-driven economies' îWorld Economic Forumî Hong Kong comes in first, with exports worth over 200% their GDP. Luxemburg also returns a figure over...

July 24, 2015 California's drought is 'a harbinger of the coming global water crisis'

Source: Business Insider

"We view the unprecedented drought in California as a harbinger of the coming global water crisis," BAML strategists wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. "By 2050E, 45% of projected GDP is at risk, with as many as 50 countries...

July 24, 2015 Did climate change kill the woolly mammoth?

Source: CBS News

It was long thought that hunting by humans was the driving force behind the demise of mammoths, giant sloths and other massive mammals that roamed the Earth tens of thousand of years ago.

July 23, 2015 The godfather of global warming's frightening prediction is getting the cold shoulder

Source: Mashable

This week, a prominent climate scientist, James Hansen, entered the fray with a study aimed at getting policymakers' attention by saying that the 2 degree Celsius target is dangerously reckless, and that we should be aiming for...

July 22, 2015 Shareholder Proposal Developments During The 2015 Proxy Season

Source: Value Walk

This client alert provides an overview of shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for 2015 shareholder meetings, including statistics, notable decisions from the staff (the "Staff") of the Securities and Exchange...

July 22, 2015 Study attributes carbon drop to recession

Source: The Hill

The study published Tuesday in Nature Communications said that although the 11 percent drop in carbon emissions from 1997 to 2013 has largely been attributed to increased use of natural gas, such a conclusion is purely...

July 21, 2015 Thirty percent of corporations say climate change has impacted business materially - An inaugural survey examining how corporations are addressing the need to adapt their business operations to changing climate conditions reveals that 30 percent already have experienced a material impact to their...

July 20, 2015 World Scientists: Climate Change as Serious a Risk as Nuclear War

Source: EcoWatch

Scientists from the UK, U.S., India and China say in a report commissioned by the UK that deciding what to do about climate change depends on the value we put on human life, both now and in years to come.

July 17, 2015 Climate change seen as greatest threat by global population

Source: The Guardian

Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, with countries in Latin America and Africa particularly concerned about the issue.

July 16, 2015 "Peak coal" by 2020 could save China thousands of lives: study

Source: Reuters

Bringing coal use to a peak by 2020 could save China billions of dollars in environmental costs, slash water consumption by nearly 30 percent and prevent tens of thousands of deaths from coal-related illnesses, a study released...

July 16, 2015 Study finds those living near shale wells more likely to be hospitalized

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Residents of two northeastern Pennsylvania counties with a high density of active shale gas wells were more likely to be admitted to the hospital for heart, nervous system and other medical conditions than residents in...

July 15, 2015 Climate Change Trails ISIS, Iran On Americans' Threat List

Source: Huff Post

Americans are less concerned about climate change than they are about the Islamic State, Iran's nuclear program and other threats, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday

July 15, 2015 Is the energy system really ready for sustainable energy?


New research into sustainable energy systems focuses on integrating renewable and nuclear power plants into the electrical grid – a topic high on the agenda for scholars, industry and policy makers.

July 15, 2015 Treat climate change as seriously as national security: report

Source: rEUTERS

Governments should treat climate change as seriously as threats to national security or public health, partly by focusing more on the worst scenarios of rising temperatures, an international report said on Monday.

July 14, 2015 Sustainability Initiatives Can Drive Corporate Revenue Growth and Innovation


Sustainability innovation is powering business growth: Between 2010 and 2013, revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91%. For S&P Global 100 companies that break out revenue for...

July 13, 2015 Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study

Source: TheGuardian

The economic benefits for a country from tackling climate change easily outweigh the costs, according to a study that seeks to highlight the incentives for individual nations to take urgent action to cut emissions.

July 13, 2015 Bumblebee population struggling due to climate change, says study

Source: CBC News

Bumblebee populations are dying at an alarming rate and nobody knows why. Fingers have been pointed at pesticides called neonicotinoids, as well as bee habitat loss from human development.

July 13, 2015 Study shows that people who receive higher education live longer

Source: DispatchTimes

According to a recent study from researchers at three American universities, it has shown that people with a higher level of education have a much higher life expectancy, on average.

July 13, 2015 Geothermal heat below West Antarctic ice 'SURPRISINGLY high'

Source: The Register

Geothermal heating from the Earth beneath the intensively-studied West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been measured for the first time ever, and been found to be "surprisingly high" according to investigating boffins.

July 10, 2015 The global middle class is smaller and poorer than we thought

Source: Quartz

The world’s middle class is not as rich, as large, nor as widespread as many believe. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center (pdf), only 1.7 billion people can be broadly classified as middle class, and many are at...

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