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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...

July 1, 2013 El Nino Was Unusually Active in Possible Link to Climate Change

Source: Bloomberg

The El Nino weather pattern that can bring drought to Australia and rain to South America was “unusually active” at the end of the 20th century, possibly due to climate change, a University of Hawaii study found.

July 1, 2013 National sustainability policy should be established to encourage greater collaboration among federal agencies

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON — The United States should establish a National Sustainability Policy and take additional steps to encourage federal agencies to collaborate on sustainability challenges that demand the expertise of many agencies, such...

July 1, 2013 Study suggests water management plan

Times of India - PUNE: The World Bank has undertaken a study and technical assistance initiative on groundwater management in India with the objectives of identifying management strategies for promoting sustainable groundwater...

June 26, 2013 Analysis of the Socially Responsible Investing Funds Market

Source: Heraldonline

The European Socially Responsible Investing Funds Funds (SRI) market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of X percent from 2011 to 2017. • Increase in demand from high net worth individuals, institutional, and...

June 26, 2013 The Strong Link Between Brand Strength and Sustainability

Source: Triple Pundit

In a previous post, we laid the foundation for comparing a huge database on brand strength with the world’s largest database on corporate sustainability. Our analysis follows for a strong correlation between the Brand Finance...

June 26, 2013 Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats

Source: Pew Research

Publics around the world are concerned about the effect of global climate change and international financial instability, with majorities in many of the nations surveyed saying these are major threats to their countries. But...

June 26, 2013 Study: Most Americans Unhappy at Work - text/video

Source: WSAW.com

Only 30 percent of American employees feel engaged or inspired at their jobs and the vast majority of U.S. workers -- 70 percent -- are not reaching their full potential, a Gallup study concluded. The 2013 State of the American...

June 24, 2013 Changes in global environment to cause major changes to business – U.N. Report

Source: Ecoseed

According to the new report released by the United Nations Environment Program, climate change and global changes in the environment will have drastic effects on how the private sector will do business.

June 21, 2013 New Report: Sustainable Forestry Initiative Shows Gains in All Performance Indicators

Sacramento Bee - WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI ®) Inc. today reported significant growth across key performance indicators with the...

June 20, 2013 Socially Responsible Investing Moving From Upstream to Mainstream

Source: Huff Post

A first-of-its-kind survey of 1,300 green businesses, to be showcased later this week at the annual LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) conference in Boulder, CO reveals that, over the last decade, the assets of SRI...

June 20, 2013 Deadly new coronavirus a "serious risk" in hospitals-Saudi study

Source: Reuters

LONDON - The new Middle East coronavirus that has killed 38 people after emerging late last year is a serious risk in hospitals because it is easily transmitted in healthcare environments, infectious disease experts said on...

June 19, 2013 1 in 9 U.S. bridges in need of repair

Source: USA Today

More than one in nine bridges in the USA — at least 66,405, or 11% of the total — are structurally deficient, according to a new report.

June 13, 2013 Earth Could Be 4 Degrees Warmer by 2100 - Report

RIA Novosti - The UN's îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî has previously set a goal of limiting the increase in the global temperature to no more than two degrees Celsius every century. The report said the...

June 13, 2013 A Call For Google To Face A Tax Inquiry. Not That It Will Go Anywhere

Source: Forbes

The Public Accounts Committee in the UK has released its report on the taxation of multinationals. Google comes in for a lot of stick in it, something which is absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been observing the evidence...

June 11, 2013 What to Make of a Warming Plateau

Source: NY Times

As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming. The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And...

June 11, 2013 Study Shows Most Investors Don’t Support Climate-Related Shareholder Resolutions

Source: Triple Pundit

Last year, PwC released a report presenting seven reasons why investors care about sustainability. The first one was “sustainability shareholder resolutions gaining traction,” showing growing support by investors for...

June 11, 2013 Sustainability and the New Normal for Natural Resources

Source: Market Wired

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - June 11, 2013) - Euromonitor International is pleased to announce a new white paper, Sustainability and The New Normal for Natural Resources, outlining how organizations can cut costs, build...

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