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Monsanto Says ‘No’ to Bayer, But Still Faces Long-Term Struggles

After mulling Bayer’s takeover bid, Monsanto rejected the acquisition offer yesterday as being “incomplete and financially inadequate,” but said it would leave the door open to future discussions with Bayer. But the company’s pricey legal fights should temper investors’ enthusiasm for such a deal.

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Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund to Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Scandal

Eight months after the Volkswagen emissions scandal rocked Germany’s iconic automaker, the repercussions still refuse to go away. Now, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is suing VW over financial losses it says are due to the auto manufacturer’s recent struggles in the global securities markets.

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3-D Printer Kickstarter Campaign Pauses Amid Embezzlement Claims

Creators of the 3-D printer promised to deliver it for $100 to Kickstarter backers by March 2014. The Peachy Printer raised over $650,000. But backers never received their 3-D printers, and funds haven’t been returned to them.

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Donald Trump’s Supporters: Global Warming Isn’t a ‘Hoax’

Trump’s position on environmental issues is almost as confusing as it is controversial. But according to a recent Yale survey, he may need to recheck his facts, especially when it comes to what his supporters really believe — and what they say will drive their vote this November.

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The Circular Economy: What It Means for Healthcare

Ethicon and Intermountain Health are leading the way in producer responsibility and the promotion of circular health systems — an approach that is restorative and regenerative, adopts systems optimizations, preserves resources yields, and diverts waste by creating an after-use value chain and a second life for products.

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Low-Tech Design Can Fuel the Sustainable Development Goals

As the world continues to focus on ways to effectively eliminate global poverty and the framework that sustains it, one area to think seriously about is low-tech, human-centered design that transforms beneficiaries into local change-makers.

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Social Entrepreneurs: What’s In a Revenue Stream?

What are alternatives to the classic nonprofit and for-profit company structure? Learn how a social entrepreneur creates a sustainable nonprofit business model using a venture capitalist mindset.

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Van Jones to Dems: Trump Could Really Win the Presidency

Former Obama aide and social enterprise guru Van Jones has a few messages for Democrats about the upcoming presidential election: don’t sit on your laurels and assume Hillary Clinton will trounce Donald Trump. Mobilize now. “There needs to be a cultural fight,” says Jones, who says Trump’s win will actually come from black voters. “There needs to be a spiritual fight. There needs to be mass mobilizations,” against Trump. Because based on his current strategy, he stands to win the White House in November.

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With the Acquisition of Opower, Oracle Now an Energy Player

Opower claims its energy-efficiency software has saved consumers over $1 billion in electricity costs. On May 2, cloud-applications company Oracle announced that it would buy Opower for $532 million. Obviously, this is great news for the Opower employees who have stock options. But it’s also encouraging for the clean-technology sector at large.

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Despite Low Oil Prices, Solar Power is Booming in the Middle East

Despite the challenging economic and political environment in the Middle East, renewables — especially solar power technologies — are enjoying a surge, from the Mediterranean shores of North Africa to the posh cities within the oil-rich Gulf nations.

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I’m Over Doing Good

Patsy Doerr, global head of corporate responsibility and inclusion for Thomson Reuters, is over doing good. She explains why in this op/ed.

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Nissan Mocks Tesla in Attempt to Boost Sales

Nissan raised a few eyebrows with a new advertising campaign that pokes fun at Tesla Motors — and the fact that it has at least 400,000 people waiting for a car that won’t ship until late next year.