This summer, Ontario solidified a five-year action plan to promote clean energy and support the long-term shift to a low-carbon economy. Critics say the $7 billion plan, which includes a cap-and-trade scheme, will destroy the economy. But are the funds an investment in Ontario’s future?
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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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
According to a Norwegian energy consultancy, the U.S. edges out Russia by just over 3 percent and holds the mantle of having the world’s largest oil reserves.
SPECIAL SERIES: Rethink Reuse
The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is the latest incubator for innovative recycling ideas. And that extends to an innovative public-private partnership model to reduce textile waste.
A growing number of political observers are lobbing the fascist label at Donald Trump, and fellow billionaire Peter Thiel could get caught in the splatter.
“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.”
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.
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.