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North Carolina Eases Coal Ash Cleanup Laws as New Leak is Discovered

Duke Energy, North Carolina’s largest coal company, stands to gain in the state’s latest round of coal ash regulations. Some payouts protect homeowners’ rights to clean water, but does Bill 630 go far enough to protect the state’s natural resources? Maybe not, suggests a new suit brought against the coal company.

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Phillip Morris Loses Lawsuit Against Uruguay on Tough Tobacco Rules

An international trade court ruled against Philip Morris in the company’s lawsuit against the government of Uruguay over tobacco-labeling rules. The tobacco giant must pay Uruguay’s government $7 million in damages, along with all litigation costs, the panel ruled.

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AmeriCorps to Shut Down Health Program After Abortion Controversy

Out of 1,600 volunteers who worked with AmeriCorps popular healthcare program last year, six were found to have given emotional support to women seeking abortions. And believe it or not, that was enough to shutter the entire program — which provides healthcare services to underserved populations.

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What Nature Teaches Us About Design and Leadership

“A sustainable world already exists,” Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, said at the 2016 Sustainable Brands Conference. “And we need to access that wisdom.”

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Advocates: Organic Food Companies Worked with Monsanto on Bogus GMO-Labeling Bill

“A bill of this importance merits hearings, expert testimony and thorough legal analysis, not the ‘backroom dealing’ that created this deeply flawed draft,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said of the GMO-labeling legislation that hit the senate floor this week. “As it stands, this bill is a sham and a legislative embarrassment.”

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Interview: The Impact of Brexit on a Sustainable Future

“Brexit could potentially represent a great risk or a great opportunity to both the EU and to Britain,” says Christian Felber, author of “Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good.”

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VW Aims to Remake Its Green Empire (and the Electric Car Industry)

Volkswagen’s future is electrically charged. Or, that’s the way the company sees it. Fresh out of court, saddled with billions in debt and still facing lawsuits, VW is looking forward. And its course may help accelerate the electric car industry as well.

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Cambodian Garment Workers Quickly Losing Their Rights

Cambodian workers do not necessarily reap the economic benefits of the country’s growing garment trade. Relations between workers, factory owners and the government have always been volatile. Now they are getting even worse.

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A Grand Strategy for Economic Prosperity and Security

Like fascism and communism in the last century, sustainability, climate action and economic inclusion are the existential challenges of the 21st century. In their new book, Joel Makower, Mark “Puck” Mykleby and Patrick Doherty present the case for a new grand strategy for global economic prosperity and security.