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Climate Health, Indigenous Land Rights Are Linked: COP21 Report

A semi-remote Brazilian tribe has turned high-tech in an effort to protect its tropical forest, which is being devastated by poachers. It’s the latest effort to safeguard indigenous lands, which hold more than a fifth of the worlds trees. That’s according to a report that was released at COP21 last week, calling for global action to ensure that the forests that are vital to offsetting carbon emissions aren’t cut down for commercial profit.

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COP21: Grand Success or Major Disappointment?

Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org said, “This didn’t save the planet, but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.” Climate crusader James Hansen, who was among the first to sound the alarm, was less pleased with the level of compromise, calling the outcome a “fraud.” So, how should we feel about the COP21 outcome? Is it enough?

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Developing Countries Targeted By Tobacco Marketing

Now that Americans have caught on to the whole “smoking kills people” thing, tobacco firms are pulling up roots and targeting poorer, less developed countries instead, trying to start the whole cycle over again.

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Slavery Found Within Nestle’s Seafood Supply Chain … Now What?

Swiss multinational Nestle has recently come forth admitting evidence of trafficking within the company’s own supply chains. It has pledged to improve its traceability practices, but what happens to a company’s responsibility progress when the spotlight fades? How have others succeeded or failed once media attention shifts?

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Alberta Declares Ambitious Climate Plan in Time for Paris

The election of the New Democratic Party’s candidate, Rachel Notley, in Alberta, Canada, was declared by BBC News to be a “political earthquake. Not wasting any time, she unveiled a new climate action plan at the end of November, just days before the Paris climate summit.

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The Way Forward in the Gig Economy Debate

Where do you stand on the debate? The gig economy continues to spark controversy and ignore worker rights. The Good Work Movement presents a way forward.

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We Need to ‘Re-Wire’ the Labor Market

Re-wiring the U.S. labor market at scale will require more than replicating best practices. We need to build a flexible, dynamic and common “operating system” for the labor market.

This scaled-down Eiffel Tower art installation greets event-goers at the start of the 'Champs-Élysées' at COP21 at Le Bourget in Paris.

Tackling Our Urbanized Future: Solutions from COP21

The building and construction industry has the potential to avoid about 3.2 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2050 through mainstreaming already existing technologies, experts said during a media briefing on Thursday for the Lima-Paris Action Agenda’s Focus on Buildings.