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August 8, 2013 Behind the Brands, Oxfam ranks big food

Source: Reuters

Supply chains = risk. Risk of contamination. Risk of changing climates. Risk of land-grabs. Even, tragically, risk of factory collapse. That’s why anti-poverty charity Oxfam, ranked the big 10 food and beverage companies on how...

August 7, 2013 Americans sharply divided about dramatically extending human lifespan, poll finds

Source: Washington Post

Even as new research is making “radical life extension” — living well past 100 — sound more plausible and less like science-fiction, a new poll shows Americans sharply divided on a potential reshaping of what it means to...

August 7, 2013 White Families Are on Average 6 Times Wealthier Than Black Families

Source: The Atlantic Cities

As we think about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we’re reminded of something National Urban League Director Whitney Young said during that event in 1963: “The hour is late. The gap is widening.” Young was...

August 2, 2013 New CEO and Senior Executive Compensation in Private Companies Report Released

Source: WatchList News

Chief Executive Group has announced the release of the new 2013-2013 CEO & Senior Executive Compensation Report. This authoritative report contains compensation and best practices data from over 1200 private middle market...

August 1, 2013 Corporate Shareholders Are Getting Nervous About How Climate Change Will Affect Their Investments

Source: Climate Progress

Shareholders and large pension funds are getting skittish about how climate change could threaten the companies they’ve invested in. That’s according to The Daily Climate, which picked up on a new data release by Ceres — a U.S....

July 31, 2013 When would global warming destroy life on Earth? Study hazards a guess.

Source: CS Monitor

A runaway greenhouse effect – where a planet's atmosphere traps so much heat that temperatures rise to life-snuffing levels – may be easier to achieve than previously believed. And there may be more than one way to drive the...

July 29, 2013 80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey finds

Source: CBS News

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The...

July 26, 2013 Sequenced palm oil genome paves the way for sustainable plantations

Source: Guardian.cp.uk

Few environmentalists feel any fondness for the oil palm, with its connections to deforestation in the tropics. But the waxy orange pods the tree sprouts in vivid bunches generate 45 percent of the globe's edible oil, and...

July 22, 2013 Ferret Study Shows H7N9 Could Transmit Between Humans

Source: RedOrbit

The H7N9 bird flu strain that broke out in China earlier this year, sickening more than 130 and resulting in at least 43 deaths, has so far remained largely non-transmissible between humans. Regardless, that has been one of the...

July 17, 2013 Unexpected ally against future hurricanes: nature?

Source: CS Monitor

Mother Nature might provide the best defense against rising sea levels and ever-larger hurricane storm surges, says a new study published in this week's "Nature: Climate Change." Coastal habitats – especially if left intact –...

July 15, 2013 Are Electric Vehicles Better for the Environment than Gas-Powered Ones?

Source: MIT Technology Review

Renault recently made public a report that provides a fair assessment by comparing an electric version of its Fluence sedan with gas and diesel-powered versions of the same car. And it makes clear that electric cars are, indeed,...

July 12, 2013 2013 SRI & Sustainability Survey Results

Source: Mondovisione

Thomson Reuters and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) announced the results of the 11th annual Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability Survey at an event hosted by FTSE Group in Canary Wharf,...

July 12, 2013 Social responsibility most important to Generation Y investors, says survey

Blue & Green Tomorrow - Younger investors are more concerned about making socially and environmentally responsible investments, according to a survey by investor website Millionaire Corner. Its study found that in 49% of...

July 11, 2013 S&P 500 Companies Lag Behind on Environmental and Social Transparency, According to Findings from The Conference Board

Source: Sacramento Bee/The Conference Board

Fewer than 20 percent of S&P 500 companies disclose their performance across a broad range of environmental and social practices, reports The Conference Board in Sustainability Practices: 2013 Edition. This annual analysis of the...

July 11, 2013 Pandemic Risk? Troubling Traits of H7N9 Avian Flu Virus

Source: Science Daily

The emerging H7N9 avian influenza virus responsible for at least 37 deaths in China has qualities that could potentially spark a global outbreak of flu, according to a new study published July 10, 2013 in the journal Nature.

July 10, 2013 The Inarguable Truth of Mark Kritzman (cost of divestment?)

Source: Paul A. Ruud, Department of Economics

On January 22 of this year, Middlebury College convened a public discussion about its endowment.1 The discussion focused on two topics: the factors the college’s trustees should consider in determining new restrictions on the...

July 9, 2013 What do investors expect from non-financial reporting?

Source: EUROSIF - ACCA

Investors’ interest in corporate non-financial information is growing. As of 2011, assets managed under investment strategies incorporating nonfinancial information represented in excess of EUR 10.5 trillion globally, of which...

July 9, 2013 Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

Source: Climate Central

Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population...

July 9, 2013 Corruption getting worse, says poll

Source: BBC News

More than one in two people think corruption has worsened over the last two years, according to a public opinion survey by Transparency International. Its annual Global Corruption Barometer found 27% of respondents said they had...

July 9, 2013 Population who have paid a bribe - interactive map

Source: BBC News

The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe - 84% - and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery...

July 9, 2013 Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Research Finds

Source: NY Times

BEIJING — Southern Chinese on average have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts in recent decades because of the destructive health effects of pollution from the widespread use of coal in the north,...

July 8, 2013 Surprise delay in major fracking study

Independent Online - Cape Town - A major US study on the possible impacts of fracking on drinking îwaterî resources is under way, but has been unexpectedly delayed by two years. Because of the massive, and growing,...

July 2, 2013 Executive Pay by the Numbers

Source: NY Times

Here are the 200 most highly-paid chief executives at U.S. public companies in 2013. The list, compiled by Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, includes only those companies with revenue over $1 billion that had reported...

July 2, 2013 Is climate change making cities wealthier and healthier?

Source: Guardian.co.uk

It’s a bold title. Wealthier, Healthier Cities - how climate change action is giving us wealthier, healthier cities. Is the latest CDP Cities report, based on data from 110 cities around the world, really saying that climate...

July 1, 2013 Humans: the real threat to life on Earth

Source: Guradian.co.uk

Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our...

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