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Developing world caused more climate change before Industrial Revolution
(Thursday - July 05, 2012)
Source: NY Daily News - Mankind was causing climate change long before the combustion engine was even invented, according to a new study that suggests developing countries like China and India have contributed more to global warming than previously...

Public pension finances could soon look shakier
(Tuesday - June 26, 2012) Associated Profiles : New York City Comptroller’s Office: Bureau of Asset Management
Source: CNN Money - NEW YORK -- States and cities will soon have to reveal just how big their pension holes are ... and that disclosure is likely to prompt more calls to reform public pension plans.The Governmental Accounting Standards Board on...

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Commission Calls Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster
(Thursday - July 05, 2012)
Source: NY Times - TOKYO — The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a man-made disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a high-level parliamentary inquiry concluded on Thursday...

Court Backs EPA Over Emissions Limits Intended to Reduce Global Warming
(Wednesday - June 27, 2012)
Source: NY Times - WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that heat-trapping gases from industry and vehicles endanger public health, dealing a decisive blow to companies and states...

Feds: Sting targeted online financial fraud
(Wednesday - June 27, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)
Source: MSNBC - Two dozen people on four continents, including alleged two hackers from New York, have been arrested in an elaborate sting targeting a black market for online financial fraud, federal officials said Tuesday.

Anti-Trafficking Groups Raising Awareness Ahead of London Summer Games - Christian Post
(Tuesday - June 26, 2012) Associated Profiles : ICCR
Source: Christian Post - Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) is working in partnership with 37 nonprofit organizations and investment firms, including the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, FairPensions, Interfaith Center on...

A third of all food produced globally is wasted: United Nations - Economic Times
(Tuesday - June 26, 2012) Associated Profiles : United Nations - All Programs
Source: Economic Times - One-third of food produced globally every year does not reach human mouths - it is either lost in transit or wasted by consumers themselves. This amounts to a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes every year. These chilling...

Global water crisis costs millions of lives: UNICEF
(Thursday - June 21, 2012) Associated Profiles : UN-Water
Source: Deutsche Welle - The UN children's agency has highlighted the global water crisis ahead of a UN summit on sustainability. Every day around 3,000 children die of diarrhea caused by unsanitary conditions, UNICEF said in its annual report.

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Singapore fund Temasek says investment growth slows as global slump buffets Asian companies
(Thursday - July 05, 2012) Associated Profiles : Temasek Holdings
Source: Washington Post - Singapore state investment company Temasek Holdings said growth in the value of its investments slowed in the last financial year as a weakening global economy undermined the value of Asian companies.

China's external debt highest since 1985 - Jakarta Post
(Wednesday - June 27, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) Investment Company (China)
Source: Jakarta Post - China's outstanding external debt in 2011 totaled more than $751 billion by the end of March, the highest since 1985, according to data released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Tuesday. The proportion of...

Abu Dhabi fund cautious on Europe - Financial Times
(Tuesday - June 26, 2012) Associated Profiles : Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Source: Financial Times - The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the worldâ??s largest sovereign wealth funds, expressed caution about Europe and reiterated its optimism toward emerging markets in its 2011 review released on Monday. Sheikh Ahmed...

Libyan fund lost $1.75 bln in investments managed by Goldman, SocGen-head - Reuters
(Monday - June 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : Libyan Investment Authority
Source: Reuters - Mohsen Derregia, chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority, told reporters in Milan LIA needed to review these investments and how they were managed. "Then we will talk to the investment houses and see if we can claim a...

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