Saturday, November 22, 2014

Why snow machines are cold comfort as the Alps warm | Science | The Observer

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/07/snow-climate-change-effect-on-skiing

Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in resolution - Financial Stability Board

Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in resolution - Financial Stability Board

Report: Climate Change is Happening Now

More greenhouse gas emissions but at less intensity - SWI swissinfo.ch

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/more-greenhouse-gas-emissions-but-at-less-intensity/41109758


Onésimo Alvarez-Moro

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Issue 7:- An interview with Felipe Calderón: "The world needs a full transition towards a low-carbon economy"

Issue 7:- An interview with Felipe Calderón: "The world needs a full transition towards a low-carbon economy"

Bill Shorten accuses Tony Abbott of 'stubborn isolationism' on climate change | Australia news | theguardian.com

Bill Shorten accuses Tony Abbott of 'stubborn isolationism' on climate change | Australia news | theguardian.com

Emissions reduction: Tony Abbott says Australia is acting, not talking | Environment | theguardian.com

Emissions reduction: Tony Abbott says Australia is acting, not talking | Environment | theguardian.com

Multas millonarias de los reguladores por la manipulación de las divisas


Los reguladores financieros de Reino Unido, Estados Unidos y Suiza han impuesto multas multimillonarias a varios de sus bancos regulados por su falta de control y por la manipulación del mercado de las divisas.
Reguladores de varios países actuaron

En Reino Unido:

La Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ha anunció multas a cinco bancos presentes en el City de Londres con un total de 1.115 millones de libras esterlinas (1.779 millones de dólares), que son los siguientes:

Ver Artículo completo: http://www.elblogsalmon.com/mercados-financieros/multas-millonarias-por-manipular-las-divisas-de-los-reguladores

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Companies With the Best CSR Reputations - Forbes

The Companies With the Best CSR Reputations - Forbes

Chocolate companies offer “mixed-bag” on women’s rights | Oxfam International


Independent report finds company follow-through on commitments to gender inequality needs improvement

Leading chocolate companies Mars, Mondelez International and Nestle have made some progress on their 2013 promises to improve gender equality in their cocoa supply chains but significant gaps still remain, according to an independent evaluation published today. The companies had been pressed into promising these improvements by more than 100,000 actions by people supporting international development organization Oxfam’s campaign to reduce inequality facing women in the cocoa industry.

The report by gender rights expert Man-Kwun Chan, commissioned by Oxfam, shows that companies have taken initial steps to improve how they work with women cocoa farmers and workers, but none of the companies have adequately addressed numerous recommendations made by their own consultants for how to respect and protect women’s rights.

See full Press Release: Chocolate companies offer “mixed-bag” on women’s rights | Oxfam International

Elements of Europe's energy union | Georg Zachmann at Bruegel.org

Elements of Europe's energy union | Georg Zachmann at Bruegel.org

Money-laundering: too important to leave to the experts alone | space for transparency

Money-laundering: too important to leave to the experts alone | space for transparency

Monday, November 10, 2014

Press release - Transparency International calls for FIFA to publish World Cup investigation

Press release - Transparency International calls for FIFA to publish World Cup investigation

Inequality is not inevitable: It's time to #EvenItUp | Oxfam International Blogs


This January, Oxfam revealed that the richest 85 people in the world possess the same amount of wealth as the world’s poorest 50 per cent.

Our report caught the public’s imagination, and keyed into a conversation about inequality that was taken up by many players globally – amongst them Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), President Barack Obama and the Pope.

The collective wealth of this tiny global elite has increased by US$668 million per day between 2013 and 2014. That’s almost half a million dollars every minute.

See full Press Release: Inequality is not inevitable: It's time to #EvenItUp | Oxfam International Blogs

“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

“Europe’s Low Carbon Industries: A Health Check”

Transparency International - News feature - How do we stop countries from exporting corruption?

Transparency International - News feature - How do we stop countries from exporting corruption?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company

The Trillion Dollar Scandal | ONE


More than a trillion dollars is being siphoned out of developing countries every year. It's the biggest heist you've never heard of.

See full Page: The Trillion Dollar Scandal | ONE

Minister Goyal Flags Doubling of Coal Production to Meet Energy Needs, Cautious on Nuclear | World Economic Forum - Minister Goyal Flags Doubling of Coal Production to Meet Energy Needs, Cautious on Nuclear


  • Union power Minister Piyush Goyal targets a doubling in coal production to a billion tonnes by 2019 to meet India’s rising energy demands
  • Government is concerned India may be saddled with nuclear technology discarded by West, needs clarity on life-cycle costs
  • Goyal predicts demand for power will double to 2 trillion units by 2019, offering investors a $250 billion investment opportunity
Union power Minister Piyush Goyal is aiming to double coal production in the next five years to meet India’s burgeoning energy demands, set to hit 2 trillion units by 2019. Goyal called for an increasing private sector role in coal production and expressed interest in new gas discoveries and ways to get gas plants back onstream. Referring to coal as “an essential input for power,” Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy of India, said: “I see Coal India production doubling in the next five years. It makes about 500 million tonnes hopefully this year. We [will] do a billion tonnes in 2019.” Turning to renewable energy, Goyal announced a target of 100 gigawatts of solar power generation by 2022, multiplying the previous government’s target fivefold. However, the minister sounded a cautious note on nuclear power. Noting that the US and many European countries have discontinued installation of nuclear plants, he said: “This government would like to be cautious that we are not being saddled with something only under the garb of clean energy or alternate energy; something which the West has discarded and is sought to be brought to India.” He added that he has yet to determine the life-cycle costs of nuclear power right through to decommissioning. See full Press Release: http://www.weforum.org/news/minister-goyal-flags-doubling-coal-production-meet-energy-needs-cautious-nuclear

Europe’s Failure to Quit Coal

Europe’s Failure to Quit Coal

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Las 40 excusas de los climatólogos para explicar que ya no suban las temperaturas - Libertad Digital

Las 40 excusas de los climatólogos para explicar que ya no suban las temperaturas - Libertad Digital

New Climate Economy Report

New Climate Economy Report

Hungry being squeezed by climate change, rising commodity costs and land exploitation | Oxfam International


Rising food costs, climate change and dramatic changes in land tenure are increasing the reality of hunger and leaving food-insecure people feeling they “are rated as the cheapest of the cheapest”.

This is the experience of Oxfam’s work in more than 90 counties globally and the damning findings from "Hidden Hunger in South Africa; The Faces of Hunger and Malnutrition in a Food-Secure Nation", a report commissioned by Oxfam in South Africa to assess the current state of hunger across the country.

In 1996 the World Food Summit established a goal to reduce the world’s hungry to 420 million by 2015. Far from this goal, 805 million face daily hunger across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

See full Press Release: Hungry being squeezed by climate change, rising commodity costs and land exploitation | Oxfam International

Switzerland slips in gender equality rankings - The Local


Switzerland has slipped in the 2014 global rankings for gender equality to 11th place from ninth last year in an annual report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Iceland tops the list for the narrowest gap between the sexes in the rankings, dominated at the top by Scandinavian countries, issued on Tuesday.

Finland rates second, followed by Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the report that indicates worldwide if you're waiting for gender equality in the workplace, you may have to wait a long time.

In Switzerland, the report shows that women are paid just 59 percent of what men earn for similar work, compared with 74 percent in Iceland.

See full Article: http://www.thelocal.ch/20141028/swiss-slip-in-world-gender-equality-rankings

Friday, November 07, 2014

Fuelling Europe’s Future Report Wins Award

Fuelling Europe’s Future Report Wins Award

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 | World Economic Forum


The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions. Based on the nine years of data available for the 111 countries that have been part of the report since its inception, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, launched today, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006.

The gender gap is narrowest in terms of health and survival with a gap standing at 96% globally, with 35 countries having closed the gap entirely. Despite all this, it is the only subindex which declined over the course of the past nine year. The educational attainment gap is the next narrowest, standing at 94% globally. Here, 25 countries have closed the gap entirely. While the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity lags stubbornly behind, the gap for political empowerment, the fourth pillar measured, remains wider still, standing at 21%, although this area has seen the most improvement since 2006.

See full Press Release: The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 | World Economic Forum - The Global Gender Gap Report 2014

Climate-related disasters have cost half a trillion dollars since world leaders last met to discuss climate change | Oxfam International


Ban Ki-moon Climate Summit at risk of failing to help stop climate change making people hungry

(New York, Sept 19) The cost of weather-related disasters in the five years since global leaders last met to discuss climate change is almost half a trillion dollars ($490 billion) – three times more than for the whole of the 1970s, Oxfam warns today.

In The Summit that Snoozed? Oxfam says that more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters since 2009. Since then, each year has been among the top ten most expensive on record. Poor people are being hit first and hardest by climate change. Livelihoods and crops have been destroyed, increasing food prices and leaving millions hungry. However international commitments to reverse the threat of climate change have stalled.

See full Press Release: Climate-related disasters have cost half a trillion dollars since world leaders last met to discuss climate change | Oxfam International

ECF Energy Price Monitor

ECF Energy Price Monitor

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Climate Change: Assessing The Potential Long-Term Effects | S&P Ratings

Climate Change: Assessing The Potential Long-Term Effects

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company

Realizing the power of talented women | McKinsey & Company

Time to end extreme inequality | Oxfam International

http://t.co/uee7OHw31d

Banco Santander, nombrado "Banco Más Verde del Mundo" por tercera vez en cuatro años


De acuerdo con el ranking de Bloomberg Markets, que para elaborar la lista evalúa la financiación de energías renovables y la reducción del impacto ambiental de las entidades.

Banco Santander ha sido reconocido como el “Banco Más Verde del Mundo” por tercera vez, de acuerdo con el ranking “The World’s Greenest Banks” que la revista Bloomberg Markers elabora desde hace cuatro años y cuyos resultados de 2013 ha hecho públicos hoy. Ana Botín, presidenta de Banco Santander, señaló: “Santander está muy comprometido con el medio ambiente y con el desarrollo sostenible. Por eso, financiamos proyectos de energía renovable en todo el mundo y aplicamos medidas de eficiencia energética en nuestras instalaciones”.

Ver Nota de Prensa completa: Banco Santander, nombrado "Banco Más Verde del Mundo" por tercera vez en cuatro años

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

EMEA Corporates Remove $14 Billion Of Debt Because Of New IFRS Joint Venture Accounting

https://www.globalcreditportal.com/ratingsdirect/renderArticle.do?articleId=1357862&SctArtId=261649&from=CM&nsl_code=LIME&sourceObjectId=8803229&sourceRevId=7&fee_ind=N&exp_date=20240909-03:17:15

Indice de los países más efectivos con las energías renovables, 2014


Con este fin de semana las Naciones Unidas declarando la urgencia de que los países lleguen a un acerdo global para limitar sus emisiones de carbono que tanto están impactando el cambio climático, me pareció interesante el trabajo que nos trae la empresa consultora, Ernst and Young, con su índice de los países más efectivos aprovechando su uso de las energías renovables (PDF).

Los líderes políticos tienen un papel muy importante para influir en la mejora del desarrollo de cómo sus países aprovechan las energías renovables en el contexto de que nos están diciendo que tendremos que dejar de depender de las fuentes de energía que más están perjudicándonos. Ya que tienen un papel importante para impactar las cosas y el estudio de Ernst and Young nos dice las cosas que no deben hacer y que si deben hacer.

Ver Artículo completo: http://www.elblogsalmon.com/sectores/indice-de-los-paises-mas-efectivos-con-las-energias-renovables-2014

Half the world's wild animals have disappeared in 40 years | Daily Mail Online

Half the world's wild animals have disappeared in 40 years | Daily Mail Online

Watch one of the world's biggest seas disappear: Nasa releases Aral Sea images showing it drying up | Daily Mail Online

Watch one of the world's biggest seas disappear: Nasa releases Aral Sea images showing it drying up | Daily Mail Online

Small company reporting needs to improve | AccountingWEB

Small company reporting needs to improve | AccountingWEB