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Fossil Fuel Climate Deception Spans Three Decades

A new report reveals that fossil fuel companies began working actively to derail conversations around climate change as early as 1981 — seven years before the issue hit the national stage.


Cuba Lifted from Terrorist List, Readies for Wave of U.S. Tourists

When Cuban President Raul Castro toasted his 84th birthday in June, he also celebrated two major diplomatic milestones: Cuba’s first attendance at the Summit of the Americas Conference and Cuba’s official removal, on May 29, from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, issued by the U.S. State Department. The forbidden paradise so many Canadians and eastern Europeans had to themselves will soon be shared with great waves of American tourists.

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California Achieves Economic Growth Without Growing Emissions

California is proving to the rest of America that economic success does not require increased pollution. The state recently reached an economic development milestone: At a time when the California economy is growing faster than the U.S. economy, it managed to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 1.5 million metric tons.


Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?

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New Climate Commitments Help Set the Stage for Paris

Three of the top 10 carbon emitting nations — the U.S., China and Brazil — announced new carbon reduction commitments in a joint news briefing on June 30. The countries pledged to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, not including hydropower, by 2030.


What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. Unfortunately, many don’t even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.

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The Great Fall of China (Or So They Keep Telling Us)

The world keeps citing the rising number of environmental protests as a sign of China’s impending doom. It is true that the occurrence of such protests has increased by 29 percent year-on-year since 1996. But somehow, strangely, it seems as though the central government is actively encouraging outbreaks of popular protest. If it concerns the environment, that is.


Lumber Liquidators Caught Selling Illegal Wood

Lumber Liquidators, one of the nation’s largest hardwood flooring retailers, needs be held accountable for selling timber harvested from illegal sources and putting endangered species at risk.

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The Road to COP21: How Negotiators Can ‘Make it Work’ in December

To prepare for the upcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris, French negotiators and universities have teamed up to run a variety of workshops and simulations to solicit new, innovative solutions to address the global climate change crisis. Here are three key takeaways negotiators should keep in mind this December, gained from one student’s experience at the COP 21 “Make it Work” simulation recently hosted by Sciences Po University in Paris.


How Pain Keeps Us From Acting on Climate Change

When it comes to climate change, the cycle of pain and blame we’ve all been caught in is counterproductive. The majority of Americans share the same vision: a world with clean air and sustainable energy. Rather than being a source of pain, this vision can be a source of pride.