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March 31, 2014 Why Business Schools Ignore Women

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

Respected organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs (GS) have repeatedly exhorted the business community to do more to include women in the global economy. They are backed...

March 31, 2014 CSR: the dangers of ‘doing the right thing’

Source: Spiked

Five years after the low point of the Western financial crisis, we still see almost daily attacks on bankers’ bonuses and CEO pay levels. This idea that big payouts to business people are a key factor behind our economic troubles...

March 27, 2014 Climate change: While we fiddle, the world burns ... and floods and parches

Source: LA Times

Here’s a statistic for you. Out of 10,855 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals last year that dealt with some aspect of global warming, all but two accepted human behavior as the primary cause. Oddly, that represents a...

March 27, 2014 The Water Crisis Is a Policy Crisis

Source: Santa Barbara Independent

By now, we all know we’re enduring the driest winter in 500 years. It is not clear how long this drought will last, or how it will ultimately affect Santa Barbara County economically and socially. We do know we’re going to have...

March 26, 2014 Voices from the Shale - Pinochio Award for Spectra Energy’s "Ground Game" on Sabal Trail Pipeline – While Company Pushes 8 Pipeline Projects in 14 States; Meanwhile PHMSA Documents Corrosion Problems

Source: Mike Benard, featured commentator

Spectra Energy has eight new pipeline projects in the U.S. that, if approved, will result in more than 830 miles of pipeline in 14 states. In addition, it is constructing a new underground natural gas storage reservoir in...[more]

March 25, 2014 Is the Green Movement a Passing Fancy'

Businessweek - "Green" is not a corporate function housed in a separate unit devoted to social responsibility; green solutions and îsustainableî strategies are ... According to a îThomson Reutersî (TRI)...

March 24, 2014 Environmentalists: Hold Your Noses But Deal With Carbon Capture And Shale Gas Drilling

Source: Forbes

It didn’t exactly stop the presses. But at least it made the back pages: China will cut its coal use to 65 percent of its electricity generation by year-end instead of by 2017, which is nearly 1 percent less than in 2013....

March 24, 2014 The vital role of business in tackling the water and sanitation crisis

Source: The Guardian

Take a moment to reflect on the over 750 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water, and the 2.5 billion people who live without basic sanitation. We take these services as a given in the west, and we've done so...

March 22, 2014 Exxon Decision Shows Growing Climate Clout Of Investors

Law 360 - Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:34 PM ET) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s agreement to disclose how it evaluates the climate change risks of its energy assets is a rare, significant victory for shareholder activists that...

March 22, 2014 Did Nasa fund 'civilisation collapse' study, or not?

Source: The Guardian

Blogger Keith Kloor, who writes for Discover magazine, claims that my article on a Nasa-funded study modelling civilisational collapse scenarios is so inaccurate that it constitutes "a sad commentary on journalism today." The...

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