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U.S. Court Dismisses Rana Plaza Lawsuit

A Delaware judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against three major U.S. retailers by the family of a garment worker who died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse and an inspector who was amongst the 2,500 injured in the disaster.

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Chobani’s Secret: Employee-Owned Firms Beat the Competition

Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani yogurt, made headlines late last month when he gave 10 percent of the company’s stock to his 2,000 employees. It was an extraordinary act of generosity for a man who owns a business with annual sales of $1 billion. It was also smart business management.

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Austin’s ‘Tiny Village’ For the Homeless Opens Its Doors

Following years of anticipation, the Community First Village opened on April 27. Located in Austin, Texas, the village will house formerly homeless people for affordable rent prices, while offering a sense of camaraderie to some of the city’s most vulnerable.

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Beauty and the Beast: Our Love For Plastic Has a Dark Side

When waste is not managed properly, it becomes a lasting issue with consequences that know no bounds. Kelsey Gaude, a graduate student at Wake Forest University, was surprised to find that the West’s waste problem has made its way to the island nation of Belize.

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Are Megacities the New World Order?

This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?

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The Promise of Urban Innovation Centers Hinges on Housing

With a horizon of snow-capped peaks, old-growth forest and a city of glass, creative leaders see Vancouver as a living lab for developing new pathways to affordable, low-carbon housing using alternative currency mechanisms.

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Against the Grain: Expanding Rural Health Care in a Climate of Closure

Approximately 17 percent of Americans live in a non-metropolitan, or rural, areas. Compared to their urban counterparts, residents of rural areas are older and sicker. Rural residents who live past middle age are more likely to suffer from heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes than their urban counterparts. But new service offerings are working to close the gap.

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Fontus Water from Air Technology: The Answer to Water Insecurity?

Love those remote, out-of-the-way places but loathe the load of water you have to carry on your bike? A new startup has an answer that generates water from air in a bottle. Now, if someone could just design an apparatus to furnish drinking water to the 663 million people who don’t have it…

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The Case for Universal Basic Income

“For a long time, we assumed that the poor could not be trusted to make decisions for themselves,” said Michael Faye, co-founder of GiveDirecty, an NGO guaranteeing a basic income to poor Kenyans through direct-cash transfers. “And we sent them goats, and we sent them cows and food stamps and so on. And as it turns out, the poor are quite good at making decisions for themselves.”

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‘Earth Day Texas’ Unites Celebrities for Change

At a recent event hosted by the Environmental Media Association, TriplePundit connected with an inspiring group of genuine and authentic celebrities who are truly passionate about the environment and creating a better world.

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Mobility in a Net-Zero World

Prominent thought leaders discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and mobility in a net-zero world.

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Unilever’s Toxic, 15-Year Legacy in India

Unilever likes to paint itself as the model corporate citizen. But when the media spotlight is off, the company reverts to using its power to skirt responsibility for its actions. That’s how it avoided cleaning up the toxic remnants of a former thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, South India, for 15 years.

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.

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Report: C-Suites and Board Rooms Still Lacking in Women

In 2015, the share of incoming female CEOs fell to 2.8 percent, the lowest since 2011. In North America, the news is even worse news — where only one of 87 CEO slots to vacate last year was filled by a woman.