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The EPA's proposal could help avoid nearly 2,400 premature deaths and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children attributed to smog pollution.

EPA Targets Smog with Updated Vehicle Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed last Friday a set of new standards to reduce smog-causing sulfur in gasoline and tighten emissions regulations on cars and trucks beginning in 2017 that would increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025.

IMF Recommends Ending Energy Subsidies to Fight Climate Change

A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims ending the $1.9 trillion in global energy subsidies could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4.2 billion tons – a 13 percent reduction – and lead to major gains both for economic growth and the environment.

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Annual Income of Bottom 90% Has Grown $59 in 47 Years

According to Pulitzer Prize winning economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, the prosperity, in terms of annual income, of the bottom 90% of the US population grew by only $59 after adjusting for inflation.

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Hampton Creek Foods Wants to Make Chicken Eggs Obsolete

When I first heard about the egg substitute Beyond Eggs, I was skeptical. Without thinking too much about it, I tweeted “Are plant-based eggs and fake meat truly #sustainablefood?”, referring to an ongoing debate around whether whole foods are more sustainable than food that’s created in a lab. I quickly received a reply from Josh … Continued

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Kiva Announces $400 Million Microfinance Milestone

Kiva’s efforts to alleviate poverty and enhance economic opportunity around the world has come a long way in a short time. Leveraging “collective good and new technologies,” Kiva’s microfinance crowdfunding platform now reaches out to more than 1 million people in more than 65 countries.

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UNICEF Turns on Taps During World Water Month

March 22 is World Water Day and UNICEF is taking its New York City-based Tap Project global in an all-out campaign to raise money and awareness to ensure that the world’s children have safe water to drink. With the help of advertising company Drog5, they’ve turned Facebook into a water network that has the potential to go global.

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Bhutan: The World’s First Wholly Organic Nation?

The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been working toward a completely sustainable model for its agriculture for some years. In February it announced that it was going 100 percent organic. It’s a bold statement – and may be just what the world needs to inspire sustainable change – if Bhutan can make the transition.

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CSR in India: Are Companies Doing Enough?

Can corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India have a central role in the transformation of this dynamic yet challenged land? At a macro level, India’s transformation has been an impressive and inspiring story the past decade. Visiting the country recently, I could see why India has become a hub of innovation: at a core level, … Continued