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Merrill Lynch Says Money is the Root of All Good, Creates Sustainable Impact Portfolios

Merrill Lynch just added sustainable impact portfolios, making it easier for the average investor to use their 401(k) to make a positive impact. Financial advisors will receive reports that compare the impact investing portfolios with traditional we-don’t-care-if-we-kill-the-world portfolios and can advise clients on both.

Along with lush forests and pristine beaches, Puerto Rico is flush with something America is all too familiar with -- debt.

What Can We Learn From the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis?

Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant amount of debt. Put yourself in the shoes of the Puerto Rican government. How would you pay that off?

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Blue Carbon Rising

When carbon is stored in coastal wetland ecosystems, it becomes known as blue carbon. Blue carbon ecosystems remove four times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, per acre, than forests. The Blue Carbon Network hopes to illustrate the importance of carbon finance for wetlands in the rapidly diminishing coastal zone.

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GE Introduces the ‘Smart’ Digital Wind Farm

GE’s new Digital Wind technology looks at the commercial wind farm from a whole new angle. But will its new brainstorm be able to sizably boost output? GE is betting on it.

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Ethics on Wall Street? Let’s Get Real

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business surveyed workers in the U.S. and U.K. finance industry about ethics and legal issues, releasing findings this month. The main finding? “Unethical behavior continues to persist.”

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Lifebits: UNICEF’s Wearable Technology That Will Save Lives

UNICEF just joined forces with design firm Frog and smartphone chip maker ARM. They created a global competition to challenge designers, technologists and scientists to join forces and create “Wearables for Good.” Do you have what it takes?

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Renewable Energy Now Employs 7.7 Million People Worldwide

Renewable energy job numbers rose 18 percent year-over-year to reach 7.7 million in 2015, according an annual jobs review from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The agency anticipates that renewable energy deployment will double by 2030, which would drive employment across the value chain up to the 17 million level.

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Apple Talks Corporate Social Responsibility

Get an inside glimpse of Apple’s corporate responsibility effort from Jacky Haynes, senior director of supplier responsibility for the tech giant.

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Following the Money in the Amtrak Tragedy

An Amtrak train derailed last week in Pennsylvania, which triggered a set of questions that are not often associated with tragedy. Questions like, “Is Amtrak underfunded?” and “Could technology have prevented the crash?” seem out of left field. But given the current state of politics in Washington, these questions seem more legitimate.

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Divestor Asks: Is the Carbon Bubble a Form of Fraud?

There are a lot of reasons for divestment — and some oil company behavior might even be criminal, experts noted at the Intentional Endowments Network conference on divestment in Denver this week.