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Civil conflicts are associated with the global climate

Civil conflicts are associated with the global climate | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

Using data from 1950 to 2004, we show that the probability of new civil conflicts arising throughout the tropics doubles during El Niño years relative to La Niña years. This result, which indicates that ENSO may have had a role in 21% of all civil conflicts since 1950, is the first demonstration that the stability of modern societies relates strongly to the global climate." http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v476/n7361/full/nature10311.html

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AT&T To Launch Eco-Ratings for Mobile Devices | Sustainable Brands

AT&T To Launch Eco-Ratings for Mobile Devices | Sustainable Brands | Impact Investor | Scoop.it
Developed in collaboration with sustainability consultant group BSR, the new eco-rating system will label AT&T branded mobile devices with information about materials, manufacturing, energy efficiency and end-of-life options.

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Oil executive son's testimony at Prince Rupert Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel

Oil executive son's testimony at Prince Rupert Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

We need to think about development along desired trajectories (more knowledge, trust, improved health - mental and physical) rather than growth in the sense of  more, larger financial transactions.

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China Treats Sustainability and Economic Growth as Complementary, Not Conflicting, Goals: Jones Lang LaSalle Report | 3BL Media

China Treats Sustainability and Economic Growth as Complementary, Not Conflicting, Goals.


The China 2011 FYP establishes new metrics for improvement on existing criteria, and adds new environmental goals, including:

* Reduction in energy use per unit of GDP: 16%

* Reduction of carbon emissions per unit of GDP: 17%

* Reduction of water use per unit of value-added industrial output: 30%

* Share of non-fossil fuel in primary energy consumption: 11.4%

* Strategic emerging industries as percentage of overall GDP: 8%

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New Research: Voluntary Disclosure Produces Positive Returns for Shareholders

New Research: Voluntary Disclosure Produces Positive Returns for Shareholders | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

More support for transparently reporting Intangible assets. A full discussion in Winning Investors Over, Baruch Lev, Professor of Finance, NYU.

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The Materialist Fallacy

The Materialist Fallacy | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

Opinion piece reviewing the learning of the last 25 years. "The weakening of our social fabric can’t be reduced to economics.... It’s not enough just to have economic growth policies. The country also needs to rebuild orderly communities."

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Investing to Manage Climate Change Risk

Investing to Manage Climate Change Risk | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

Jamais Cascio connects the dots between CO2 levels in the atmosphere and the time frames for adoption of alternative energy solutions.

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California’s Return on Investment in the CSU | The Impact of the California State University

California’s Return on Investment in the CSU | The Impact of the California State University | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

"$23 in total spending impact for every $1 the state invests in the CSU."

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Social investment: How can you get involved? - The Guardian

Social investment: How can you get involved? - The Guardian | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

"So what can other UK-based organisations, whose financial portfolio is restricted to a cash ISA and a couple of forgotten savings accounts, do to get involved?"

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Volcker Rule Needs To Be Tougher, Former Citi Chair John Reed Says

Volcker Rule Needs To Be Tougher, Former Citi Chair John Reed Says | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

"Amid the hue and cry on Wall Street that the Volcker rule goes too far to restrict banking activities, the former CEO of one giant bank thinks that the Volcker rule doesn't go far enough because it's not sufficiently tough."

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RBC Breaking New Ground in Canadian Banking Sector

RBC Breaking New Ground in Canadian Banking Sector | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

"RBC has committed $20 million to a new social and environmental initiative aimed at facilitating solutions to social and environmental problems....Canada is just beginning to play in the social finance space, an area where a number of well-known European investment bankers have been working for more than a decade."

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City of Dubuque 2013 Budget Goal: Sustainability

"The City of Dubuque has released its 2013 fiscal budget with its main goal being sustainability."

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White House Highlights Need For New Data Based on Changing Economy

White House Highlights Need For New Data Based on Changing Economy | Impact Investor | Scoop.it


One of the most interesting takeaways from the White House’s annual “Economic Report of the President” released Friday afternoon was its call for new data based on the changing complexion of both the economy and the job market.


Chapter 2: The Year in Review and the Years Ahead

Data needed: “Despite recent innovations in the collection of primary source data, there are still conceptual issues pertaining to the appraisal and definition of services that remain unresolved. As an example, improvements in health care have contributed to longer life spans and better quality of life, but there is not a consensus about how to value and incorporate these benefits in a national income accounting framework.” [emphasis added]

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National Neighborhood Indicators Project

National Neighborhood Indicators Project | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

Database of neighborhood-level data, democratizing information. This is the way to create jobs, folks! (combine with Jay Nash's presentation on building applications from open source data, on slideshare.com)

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Scaling Impact Investing

An interesting report: Impact at Scale - Policy Innovations for Institutional Investment with Social and Environmental Benefit.

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Owning Sustainability: The CSO vs. the CEO

Owning Sustainability: The CSO vs. the CEO | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

Ultimately Corporate Social Responsibility should be a strategic asset, uncovering business opportunities and managing risk - Jessica Margolin.  http://bit.ly/y0yUS5

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Capitalism with a conscience

Capitalism with a conscience | Impact Investor | Scoop.it
In difficult economic times, is it possible to create a profitable enterprise that also generates social value for communities?
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After ‘lemming-like’ exodus, U.S. manufacturers look home

After ‘lemming-like’ exodus, U.S. manufacturers look home | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

These are the kinds of mistakes that would not be made if companies were more sophisticated in valuing intangible assets, such as trust along the supply chain, and market knowledge. At the height of the exodus of US manufacturers, Michael Porter wrote The Competitive Advantage of Nations, which explained how anticipatory and sophisticated demand of workers created leadership edge.

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Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

150 methodologies and tools

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Expect the Unexpected | KPMG | SG

Expect the Unexpected | KPMG | SG | Impact Investor | Scoop.it
In this report, KPMG's network of firms analyses a system of ten sustainability megaforces that will impact each & every business over the next 20 years. These forces do not act alone in predictable ways.
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NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund

NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund (http://t.co/sTZvVaOP) connects New Yorkers to New Yorkers investing cash, capacity and contacts to innovation...
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Asda creates sustainability supplier network

Asda creates sustainability supplier network | Impact Investor | Scoop.it
Asda recently released a report entitled Green Is Normal - as part of its Sustainability 2.0 strategy - which said Asda customers are demanding sustainable products at no extra cost.
The report also found that products that are more energy, waste and water efficient were demanded more by lower income households than higher income households.
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Could Philanthropic Equity Revolutionize the Nonprofit Sector?

Could Philanthropic Equity Revolutionize the Nonprofit Sector? | Impact Investor | Scoop.it
What is philanthropic capital and what could it mean for nonprofits?
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Creating Financial Markets

Creating Financial Markets | Impact Investor | Scoop.it

"Ron's new venture – ImpactAssets – is a non-profit financial services company that aims to aggregate and deploy capital in sustainable social enterprises."

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