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March 24, 2015 Global Climate in 2014 marked by extreme heat and flooding

China - as highlighted by the Fifth Assessment Report of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî," said Jarraud. "The record-breaking temperatures, extreme precipitation and floods we witnessed in 2014 are...

March 24, 2015 Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before

Source: UPI

POTSDAM, Germany -- The Gulf Stream is the weakest it's been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and...

March 23, 2015 The World’s Water Supply Could Dip Sharply in 15 Years - text/video

Source: Time

Global water resources may soon meet only 60% of the world’s water demands, the United Nations warned in a dire new report. The World Water Development Report, issued ahead of World Water Day on Sunday, says demand for water...

March 20, 2015 Executive Compensation Disclosures a Wasted Effort?

Source: National Law Review

The 2015 Investor Survey notes that only 38% of institutional investors “believe that information about executive compensation is clear and effectively disclosed” and 65% of them note that the “relation between compensation and...

March 20, 2015 The riskiest places in the world for natural disasters

Mother Nature Network MNN - Verisk îMaplecroftî, a London-based company specializing in risk assessments, compiled the list, naming Port Vila, Vanuatu as the riskiest place of all. And that was tragically prescient....

March 19, 2015 The moral maze: How poor company ethics can cost investors

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors’ study shows that while 91 per cent of the FTSE100 refer in their annual reports to their high standards of business ethics and integrity, only 8 per cent provided a specific metric of...

March 18, 2015 The (Neglected) Value Of Board Accountability In Corporate Governance

Source: Valuewalk

The concept of board accountability is central to literature and debates on corporate governance, not least in the United Kingdom and United States. However, as a social phenomenon it is frequently misunderstood, particularly by...

March 18, 2015 Study Suggests Diet Soda May Lead To Belly Fat. Critics Aren't So Sure.

Source: Forbes

Artificial sweeteners – and their most popular protégé, diet soda – haven’t exactly been the nutritional godsends they were supposed to be. In the last 30 years, their consumption has risen considerably, but so have obesity and...

March 17, 2015 Federal agencies make $125B in improper payments in 2014

Source: The Columbian

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people...

March 16, 2015 Over 45 per cent executives commit to embedding sustainability throughout business in 2015

Source: Eco-Business

Embedding sustainability is top priority for 2015: Just over 45% of our respondents stated that embedding sustainability throughout the organisation is a top priority for 2015. The second highest priority is creating a culture of...

March 16, 2015 Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Future generations may have to make do with more expensive and poorer quality produce, including meat and dairy, because of the impact of climate change, according to new research.

March 13, 2015 Arctic Melt Brings More Persistent Heat Waves to U.S., Europe

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S., Europe and Russia face longer heat waves because summer winds that used to bring in cool ocean air have been weakened by climate change, German researchers said. Rapid Arctic warming disturbs air streams in ways that...

March 13, 2015 US and Chinese companies dominate list of most-polluting coal plants

Source: The Guardian

The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University.

March 12, 2015 Don't Be Fooled: Fast Food Still Isn't Healthy

Boston - according to Yale's îRudd Center for Food Policy and Obesityî. But let's be clear about a couple of things. First of all, these changes are business decisions, not public health ones. This is about marketing:...

March 11, 2015 Melinda Gates: Why hiring women is good for business

FORTUNE - According to a study by the îFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsî, when women have more power to make decisions, conditions in their communities improve, and their families are healthier...

March 11, 2015 When Pollution Solutions Can Actually Damage the Environment

Source: Good Magazine

China’s devastating pollution crisis has taken heavy tolls, both on humans and the environment. Scientists estimate as many as 500,000 people die prematurely in China each year because of the dirty air. Last week, a self-funded...

March 11, 2015 Mark Carney defends Bank of England over climate change study

Source: The Guardian

Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the insurance industry, the governor of the Bank of England has said after a former Conservative chancellor dismissed a study on global warming as “green claptrap”.

March 9, 2015 Climate Holocaust Within a Geological Instant

UK Progressive - The planet has warmed by 0.85C since the industrial revolution, or since 1880, according to the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC), which is the baseline for measurement by the...

March 6, 2015 The Proxy Season Field Guide - Fifth Edition

Source: JD Supra

The 2015 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview of...

March 6, 2015 Almost half of energy drink TV ads shown on channels for teens

Source: Medical News Today

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has reported that 46% of energy drink advertisements broadcast on television are aired on channels featuring content and themes likely to appeal to teenagers.

March 6, 2015 India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods: study

Source: Reuters

India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday.

March 5, 2015 Intergenerational report: climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

Source: The Guardian

Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for the economy, water...

March 5, 2015 Global flooding risk could triple by 2030

Wired - A study of the risks posed by river flooding over the next 15 years by the îWorld Resources Instituteî (WRI) has found that the number of people affected will rise substantially. Analysis of present-day risks...

March 5, 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

Source: Climate Central

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it...

March 4, 2015 The twelve Federal Reserve banks: Governance and accountability in the 21st century

Source: Brookings

Chronicling the politics that led to the creation of the twelve Reserve Banks and the pursuant legal and political consequences, this paper argues that the Federal Reserve’s quasi-private Reserve Banks are, at best, opaque and...

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