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How Shareholders are Battling Excessive Executive Compensation

Shareholders for the past year have been able to engage in the conversation of executive pay through a resolution placed on proxy statements of all companies due to the recently implemented Dodd-Frank bill. Allowing owners of publicly traded companies to vote on such an important matter would seem to shift things in a positive direction. Right? Wrong.

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Global Ranking of Top 10 Resilient Cities

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT and Co-Author, Climate Capitalism Resilient cities, those that are working to transition towards a low-carbon economy while also preparing to avert the worst of climate change, are gaining interest and attention from policy makers, city councils and others worldwide. In fact, today, leaders from the public and private sector, … Continued

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Is the US Right To Seek Airline Exemption From European Carbon Law?

Business Green reports that US Airlines, American Airlines, Continental and United, along with their trade association, the Air Transport Association (ATA), will file a legal challenge to a European law requiring all airlines flying into and out of the EU to pay a charge per tonne of CO2 emitted. The US government opposes the law. … Continued

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Apple Retail Employees to Form Union?

The bare-bonesApple Retail Workers Union website first quotes the Apple mantra, “At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is our people.”

Beneath the mantra is a statement from the website itself, “Our time has come,” indicating a move towards employee unionization.  Moll hopes the website can facilitate connecting with other employees to come forward and organize.

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The US Way: Workers Produce More, Earn Less = Company Profit

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. Mother Jones talks about the “dirty secret” of the jobless recovery in its July/August issue but many stakeholders—employed and unemployed—that are engaged in any way with life as brought to you by corporate America might say it’s dirty all right but … Continued

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Low-Carbon Cities of the Future: Resilient Cities

Lately I have been profiling cities and politicians who are leading the way towards a low-carbon future.  As many of the readers of this column know, I recently published a book with Hunter Lovins entitled Climate Capitalism Capitalism.  Hunter and I were disappointed by the lack of progress on climate action in North America largely … Continued

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Super Cool Biz Summer in Japan: Yes to Hawaiian Shirts, No to Neckties!

Here’s a little experiment for you: While you’re sitting in your office, wearing your usual work outfit, set the thermostat at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Now see how long you can handle it before you’ll run to the thermostat and change it back to its original temperature. Is it difficult to stay focused after couple of … Continued

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Why I Would Vote for Mitt Romney Instead of Obama

UPDATE: Boyd Cohen has recanted this position. For other perspectives on the candidates, check out these posts: Five Problems with the Romney-Ryan Budget Romney Energy Plan a Massive Pipeline Dream On Taxes, More Than 47% Will Question Why Vote For Mitt Romney Why Vote for Mitt Romney? Not the Economy! Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CEO, CO2 … Continued

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CIA Predicted Peak Oil More than 30 Years Ago

The CIA’s interest in predicting peak oil is pretty clear when you think about the disruption that would occur when an oil dependent world with a surging population is faced with declining oil supplies.  Peak oil would give rise to shortages in gasoline, fuel oil and petrochemicals, which would lead to price spikes in food … Continued

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What Should We Tax? Income vs Consumption

Originally posted in The Daly News, a project of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy by Herman Daly For some time a small group of ecological economists has been suggesting that we switch the tax base from income (value added to natural resources by labor and capital), and on to natural … Continued

Say Yes to Taxes

By: Maggie Winslow “Cut taxes.  Let people decide how they want to spend their money.”  This has been the rallying cry of the small-government advocates for the last few decades.  It is a very appealing idea.  However, letting people decide how the bulk of our national income is spent is not necessarily good for social … Continued

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Top 10 Climate-Ready Cities in the U.S.

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT Cities are now home to a majority of the world’s population and are on the front line in the battle against climate change.  While action at the federal level in the U.S. has been painfully slow, cities in the U.S. are starting to lead by example at a local level. … Continued

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Latest Tea Party Action Targets Planning, Sustainability and the Greater Good

Well, it seems like those tea party folks are at it again, proudly displaying their unique, mind-bending brand of self-centered absurdity, which, when mixed with a healthy dose of righteous indignation might just rouse their somnambulistic followers to take action at the polls. This is why, in an era when narcissistic dimwits like Sarah (ah … Continued