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New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Nods to Presidential Pick

If you are going to pick a consumer product to symbolize the social message of your presidential campaign, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. And if Bernie Sanders should win the Democratic candidacy, Ben & Jerry’s will have the flavor picked out for the party.

California, Feds Reject Volkswagen Recall ‘Fix’

Last week, the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA said “no deal” to Volkswagen’s proposal to buy back some of the vehicles that were outfitted with cheat devices. The two agencies say the plan doesn’t go far enough to address the problems caused by its latest emissions scandal.

Lead Poisoning Troubles Link Chicago and Flint, Michigan

Call it a modern-day tale of two cities: Chicago and Flint, Michigan, are both battling epidemics of lead poisoning, and looking at generations of lower scholastic scores and a higher incidence of behavioral issues for many of the cities’ youngest residents. Community members in both cities charge that local and state governments have failed their children and should be held accountable for the exposure.

The Pro-Life Argument for Climate Action

To acknowledge climate change as a human life issue, regardless of religious or political affiliation, is to bridge political divides and broaden the base of people who will act.

Campbell’s Comes Out in Support of Federal GMO Labeling

Campbell Soup Co. announced that it will now support federal legislation that establishes a standard for GMO labeling. Perhaps even more importantly, Campbell’s says it will withdraw from all organizations that oppose such labeling measures.

TransCanada Files Suit Over Keystone XL: Does It Have Merit?

The Obama administration is to blame for billions of dollars in losses, says TransCanada, which is taking the government to court over its decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two suits, which some Canadian experts say have a strong footing, don’t appear to address the question at heart, which is whether governments have the responsibility (and the right) to act on new scientific data and protect their environment and constituents from climate change.

Using Access to Employment to Empower Refugees

Remarkably, there are several U.S.-based companies whose missions are to not just empower, but enable refugees and individuals who reside in developing nations. Here are two of them.

California Declares State of Emergency Over LA Methane Leak

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the methane gas leak in Porter Ranch, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, heightening attention on what has been one of the worst disasters to hit Southern California in the past several decades.

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax is Working

British Columbia, the third most populous province in Canada, enacted a carbon tax in 2008. How successful has the tax been? It decreased emissions 3.5 times faster than the rest of Canada, according to a new report by Carbon Tax Center (CTC).

Baby-Boomer Weight Crisis is Crushing Millennials With Taxes and Debt

The baby boomer generation’s lifestyle, and its unintended weight-related health consequences, is the greatest threat to our country’s ability to balance its budget and the future prosperity of our children and grandchildren, argues 3p economic correspondent Bill Roth.