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While Olive Garden Donates Food, Its Employees Are on Public Assistance

Because they receive tips, many servers at restaurants such as Olive Garden are paid a minimum wage far below what the U.S. government requires for most workers. And while the company donates millions of meals annually, one Olive Garden employee reports that workers are not allowed to take leftover food home — and often rely on public assistance to get by.

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A Rockefeller Tells Why the U.S. Must Move Away from Fossil Fuels

Dr. Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, donated her energy company shares, including those of ExxonMobil, in order to help fund climate change-related research. She shared some insight with TriplePundit in a recent interview.

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VW Granted One Month to Solve Emissions Problems

A District Court judge has given VW one last month to come up with a feasible plan to solve its “emissions scandal” and for the regulators and VW to reach a legal agreement. But will the company be able address all of the nearly 600,000 non-compliant vehicles? One expert suggests maybe not.

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Cut Out Most of the Meat, Say New Netherlands Dietary Guidelines

The Netherlands Nutrition Center, or Voedingscentrum, is not only recommending that Dutch citizens adopt more of a plant-based diet, but also that they reduce their weekly meat consumption to less than 500 grams (17.6 ounces) a week.

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3p Weekend: Governments, Companies Tackle Water Scarcity

Tuesday, March 22, marked the 24th annual World Water Day. Governments and companies took the opportunity to unveil their latest plans to tackle water quality and scarcity — here’s a round up of announcements that crossed our virtual desks this week.

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ALEC Takes Aim At Plastic Bag Bans

The Wisconsin state senate just passed a bill that prohibits local communities from banning plastic bags and other types of containers. The funny thing is: It’s strikingly similar to model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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Think the DARK Act Was Defeated? Not So Fast

Hold on to that favorite box of cereal, GMO opponents. Last week’s celebratory news that the DARK Act had met its timely death may not be quite that straightforward. A bill to stop Vermont’s upcoming labeling law is alive and well in Senate. It’s called the Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and it lives deep in the recesses of an old marine conservation bill where few would likely look for GMO legislation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: China Could Be a Climate ‘Hero’

At a press conference in the Chinese capital, DiCaprio said: “As we all know, the United States and China are the two biggest contributors, and I think that China has made radical movements forward as far as alternative energy and ways to be sustainable.” Is he right?