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United Nations Nominates Next Secretary-General

Are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Doomed?

On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. However, according to a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, The Rules, the entire process has been “fundamentally compromised” by powerful corporations with an interest in maintaining the status quo.

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The Quick & Dirty: Leadership, Revisited

Leadership must be earned. And leadership must be ahead of the trend — something done not because it’s popular, but to take a stand.

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Dharavi: Squalid Slum or Sustainable Industry?

I was conflicted before visiting Dharavi, India. As I prepared for my visit, I became part of an ongoing debate about the real impact of “slum tourism.” I was loath to join the swaths of voyeur tourists, turning hardship into photographs. But Reality Tours transformed my perceptions.

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Hacking Human Suffering is the Only Real Growth Industry

The painful truth is that solving the problems of human and environmental disease is one of the only guaranteed growth industries. That may sound like a dismal pronouncement, but I also see it as the greatest opportunity of our time.

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Will Climate Change Pledges Be Enough?

“It is clear that if the Paris meeting locks in present climate commitments for 2030, holding warming below 2 degrees Celsius could essentially become infeasible, and 1.5 degrees Celsius beyond reach. Given the present level of pledged climate action, commitments should only be made until 2025,” said Bill Hare, founder and CEO of Climate Analytics.

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Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth — while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. That’s why, in a few weeks, the U.N. plans to make inclusive and sustainable industrial development one of the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year 2030.

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3p Weekend: 10 Companies With Sensible Gun Policies

With the wave of violent gun crimes that have rocked the country in recent years, some companies are beginning to approach gun policies as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) issue. For these firms, allowing customers to openly carry guns inside their establishments can make the company appear complicit with its state’s lax gun laws.

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Seabirds Are Eating a Heckuva Lot of Plastic

A new study found that most seabirds have plastic in their guts. The ocean can have as many as 580,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer. Imagine if your house floor was covered in thousands of Lego pieces, and then you had to eat those Lego pieces for breakfast. Now you know what it feels like to be a seabird.