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Senators’ Positions on Climate Change Reflect Their Donors’ Wishes

President Obama followed up on the promise he made in his State of the Union Address to take action on climate change even if Congress wouldn’t. Specifically, he said, “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” So why would Congress be so recalcitrant on an issue of such vital importance as taking action to minimize (it’s too late to avoid) the impact of a crisis that could threaten the existence of civilization as we know it?


Nickelodeon Declares It Won’t Restrict Ads for Unhealthy Food

Last week, Nickelodeon said it won’t restrict ads for unhealthy food. “As an entertainment company, Nickelodeon’s primary mission is to make the highest quality entertainment content in the world for kids. That is our expertise. We believe strongly that we must leave the science of nutrition to the experts,” the company said.


Why Environmental Justice is Everyone’s Issue

Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice has been on the books for 20 years. Yet some communities are still battling environmental legal issues that began decades ago. How do we educate others about the importance of environmental justice and make it relevant to those who have never faced such challenges? We speak with Richard Moore, former executive director of Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice about the value of dialogue and the process of finding common ground.

Ben & Jerry’s has committed to sourcing only non-GMO ingredients for their products.

Ben & Jerry’s Commits to Phasing Out GMOs

Although Ben & Jerry’s was sold to the British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever in 2000, their recent step towards manufacturing with GMO-free ingredients solidifies their commitment to their original mission statement which focuses on social initiatives.

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Grameen Foundation Helps Social Entrepreneurs Measure Their Impact

Grameen Foundation works with social enterprises to “better determine their clients’ needs, the effectiveness and efficiency of their programs, and how quickly they are able to help people move from poverty to financial self-sufficiency.” But how does it do it and what services does it offer exactly?

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Environmental Justice in Detroit: Hope Rises Amid Toxic Communities

Detroit zip code 48217 is the most toxic in Michigan and thirdmost in the nation. A crush of polluting industries tower over a small community that refuses to give up. Will a city climate action plan make a difference? What about the mountain of dirty tar sands byproduct perched on the edge of the Detroit River? Environmental justice seems to have deserted Detroit, or has it?


Understanding Environmental Justice Policies

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of Executive Order 12898 on environmental justice. What are the events that brought environmental justice policies into existence, and are they still relevant? The answer is yes: They are probably more important today then ever before.

Shareholders say McDonald's targeting of children through products like Happy Meals has contributed to childhood obesity.

McDonald’s Shareholders Vote on Marketing Unwholesome Food

A resolution at the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today will seek to prevent the fast food giant from marketing unhealthy food to children. While the majority of McDonald’s shareholders will likely reject the resolution when they vote, Sara Deon, director of Corporate Accountability International’s “Value [the] Meal” campaign insists that whether or not the resolution passes is of little consequence.

The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, but does not have the best average quality.

The U.S. is Paying Too Much For Healthcare and Receiving Too Little

When it comes to most things, you get what you pay for. But when it comes to healthcare – a matter of life and death for every man, woman and child in this country – it is backwards. According to a 2012 report by the OECD, the United States spends some 17.6 percent of its GDP on healthcare – far more than any other OECD country – but does not see quality increases commensurate with its spending.