Scooping Up Diplomacy: The ‘Invisible’ Ambassadors of Summer

University students like Anel, Mavutho and Umar are participating in the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, which provides more than 80,000 students the opportunity to live and work in the United States on a J-1 Summer Work Travel visa during their summer break.


Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth — while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. That’s why, in a few weeks, the U.N. plans to make inclusive and sustainable industrial development one of the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year 2030.

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How A Carbon Tax Can Win Bipartisan Support

The advocacy group Washington Carbon is attempting to add a carbon tax to the 2016 Washington State ballot. The initiative would tax fossil fuels at $25 per metric ton of carbon dioxide. That’s 25 cents per gallon of gas.


Report: Curb Carbon Emissions or Grow Money Trees

Citibank’s new report says investing in low-carbon energy now would save everyone $1.8 trillion. In contrast, if everyone sits on the couch, eats potato chips, watches Netflix and waits until 2060 to take action, it will cost an additional $44 trillion.


3p Weekend: 10 Companies With Sensible Gun Policies

With the wave of violent gun crimes that have rocked the country in recent years, some companies are beginning to approach gun policies as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) issue. For these firms, allowing customers to openly carry guns inside their establishments can make the company appear complicit with its state’s lax gun laws.


Indonesia Sets New Climate Goals, But Are They Attainable?

Indonesia set new goals for 2030, and they call for aggressive changes in its emissions policies. With a new coal plant underway and more than 50 percent of its emissions due to deforestation and peat burn, some are asking whether those new goals will indeed be realistic.


Dallas Houses the Homeless, Saves Taxpayers Money

Dallas will house 50 of its most chronically homeless residents in a small cottage neighborhood, an initiative expected to save taxpayers $1.3 million while giving some of the city’s most at-risk residents a second shot at life.


New Labor Ruling: What Does It Mean for Small Business Contractors?

By tweaking what defines a “joint employer,” the National Labor Relations Board has made sweeping changes to what steps unions can take in collective bargaining, as well as who may be considered the ’employer’ in business-to-contractor settings, such as franchise establishments. And hold onto your hat, because there will probably be some vigorous challenges to this new ruling.

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The $250 Trillion Cost Of Climate Change And Obesity

Citigroup now projects a staggering $72 trillion global cost tied to man-made climate change during the 21st century. The industrial fast food complex is directly tied to a global obesity and diabetes epidemic that now costs $2 trillion annually. These staggering economic costs don’t even take into account human suffering and premature death.

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This Time It Is in My Backyard: Can I Practice What I Preach?

I’ve spent more than 25 years working on major extractive projects around the world, helping operators and planners to engage and collaborate with local communities and address local concerns, to earn and maintain a ‘social license’ and align community and shareholder interests. Last week a major liquified natural gas (LNG) project was announced for my backyard: 2.5 miles from my home on Vancouver Island in Canada and right beside where I love to catch prawns and crabs with my little boat.


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.