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Toxic Lead: Nestle’s $100M Pot of Troubles in India

The Maggi brand is big business for Nestle, especially in India, where it is considered the go-to, inexpensive staple for many households. But the world’s biggest food manufacturer is in trouble with the government of India, which launched a suit for $100 million against Nestle for excessive lead levels in popular packaged noodles. Many of Maggi’s loyal consumers, however, could care less about the battle — they just want their noodles on the shelves.

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Sustainable Aid: The Long-Term Solution to Poverty

Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action needs to be taken. Using sustainable aid is the long-term solution to the issue of poverty. Not only does this approach provide a new beginning for families, but it also a brighter future for their communities.

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How the Extractives Industry Hurts Indigenous Women

Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for its impact on indigenous women and their communities, argues economist Rebecca Adamson.

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Why Partnerships are Key to Water Security

This year’s annual World Water Week in Stockholm is happening at a unique moment. In just a few weeks’ time, member states of the United Nations will adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will define global development priorities for the next 15 years. In Stockholm, SABMiller will argue that businesses must be innovative in forging partnerships with NGOs to support international goals like improving water security.

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The Political Balancing Game: Obama Okays Arctic Drilling

Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?

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Air Pollution in China is Killing More Than a Million People a Year

Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.

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Studies: Number of Rural Firefighters Dropping, Megafires Increasing

Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.

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Economic Stimulation and the Nonprofit Sector

Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment. This makes the nonprofit sector an ideal partner for the Fed.

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California is Fighting Its Rampant Wildfires with Prison Labor

Thanks to an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, California is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. But the state has a dirty little secret for keeping wildfires at bay: recruiting prison laborers.

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Policy Points: Support Paid Sick Time, Just Trade and More

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are two important policies that can do that — and another action that can help shift the debate on many more.

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Dissecting the Farm-to-Table Fable

To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.

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How Germany Became a Solar Superpower

Germany continues to break records in solar power and renewable energy production overall. How are they doing this, and how does the U.S. compare?

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Prisoners Work Programs: Needed Skills or Exploitation?

Cañon City, Colorado, has a massive six-prison work complex where 4,000 prisoners do a wide variety of jobs. They even farm organic tilapia that you may have eaten. Is it fair to only pay prisoners $1.50 an hour when they earn the prison $63 million per year?