As our American readers close up shop for a long weekend to celebrate Independence Day, TriplePundit’s editor-in-chief challenges you to bring a couple of meaty issues to the BBQ. And we’re not talking about ribs.
Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. Unfortunately, many don’t even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.
Big news from the Netherlands, where a court just decided that the government was not doing enough to combat climate change. Yep. You read that right.
After collaborating with partners, Hormel Foods released a targeted nutrition solution to children in Guatemala. While Guatemalan children generally receive enough calories, they lack protein and other nutrients. So, Hormel created an original product for use as a supplemental ingredient that provides a protein boost and other essential vitamins and minerals.
The world keeps citing the rising number of environmental protests as a sign of China’s impending doom. It is true that the occurrence of such protests has increased by 29 percent year-on-year since 1996. But somehow, strangely, it seems as though the central government is actively encouraging outbreaks of popular protest. If it concerns the environment, that is.
Tapping into the freelancing trend, Jobbatical matches job-seekers and employers looking to hire for six months to one year. Eight months into a live beta version, some 7,000-plus job seekers and more than 600 companies, primarily Internet and tech startups, are using the service.
To prepare for the upcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris, French negotiators and universities have teamed up to run a variety of workshops and simulations to solicit new, innovative solutions to address the global climate change crisis. Here are three key takeaways negotiators should keep in mind this December, gained from one student’s experience at the COP 21 “Make it Work” simulation recently hosted by Sciences Po University in Paris.
SPECIAL SERIES: Women in Leadership
“[Women] are still not in great numbers in leadership positions, including environmental leadership positions,” CNN news anchor Natalie Allen told TriplePundit. We picked her brain for words of wisdom for women wishing to advance as leaders.
SPECIAL SERIES: Virginia Tech Series 2014
More than 700 million people around the world do not have access to clean water, and nearly 850,000 die annually from waterborne illnesses. Along with this tragic loss of life, lack of access to sanitation also comes with ill economic effects: $260 billion is lost each year as a result of limited or no access to clean water supplies and sanitation. The good news is that if the global community steps up and increases their focus on water, the economic benefits would be massive.
When it comes to climate change, the cycle of pain and blame we’ve all been caught in is counterproductive. The majority of Americans share the same vision: a world with clean air and sustainable energy. Rather than being a source of pain, this vision can be a source of pride.
What can a tiny nation smaller than Lake Michigan teach a state like California? According to Mother Nature, plenty. Israel, which has had its own challenges with long-term droughts, says it has learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to water conservation and agricultural water use. But overcoming the challenges may mean dramatic changes to the way water is managed and used in the Golden State, as it did for Israel’s burgeoning cities two decades ago.
Earlier this month, the California Labor Commission put forth a ruling that could change the sharing economy forever. While courts consider the employee status of sharing economy companies, Raz Godelnik weighs in on the impact on the movement as a whole.
SPECIAL SERIES: Women in Leadership
Despite data that shows having women in leadership positions improves a company’s financial returns, the number of women at the top of large companies remains astonishingly low. For women who hope to be part of the movement that turns those numbers around, the first step is to gain leadership experience. Here are 10 ideas on how to get started.
There’s plenty of research to argue that diversity in the workplace is beneficial to businesses: heightening innovation, increasing revenue and dramatically improving the ability of businesses to capture new markets. But diversity can also bring well-documented problems: notably an increase in workplace tension.
The United Nations recently gave a preview of its global goals for 2030, slated to be formally unveiled at their Social Good Summit in September. At the annual Cause Marketing Forum, U.N. Foundation’s Aaron Sherinian laid out 17 (wow!) global goals.