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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?

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Tracking Changes In Social Enterprise Law

“People are approaching the task of running social enterprises in different ways. Several different forms are available in the U.S., and other countries have even more,” says Rob Esposito, an attorney who co-launched the interactive Social Enterprise Law Tracker.

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New Partnerships Aims to Streamline Carbon Pricing

A new partnership led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Ecofys seeks to investigate how effective carbon pricing can better lead to their ultimate goals: sustainable global growth and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Donald Trump’s Global Stability Risk: Why We Really Need to Care

Yes America, the vote is out. U.S. voters may see the Republican front-runner as something of an infuriating curiosity, but apparently economic analysts in the U.K. aren’t laughing. The Economist Intelligence Unit just put Donald Trump’s potential presidency on the list of top 10 risks to global stability — right up there with the Islamic State. But it may not be for the reasons you’d expect.

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China Cuts Nearly 2 Million Coal and Steel Jobs

Due to slowing growth and an uncertain future, China is cutting around 1.8 million jobs in the coal and steel industries and relocating the workers to other industries. What does this mean for the future of its economy?

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Zika Virus Findings Spur Opportunistic Investors and SEC Warnings

New research suggests that there is a link between Zika and fetal abnormalities, particularly early in pregnancy. Meanwhile, some “savvy investors” are looking for a way to cash in on the spike in Zika cases that now span more than 38 countries. And that’s prompted the SEC to get involved, warning would-be investors to be on alert for investment scams.

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Rising Seas Could Force 13 Million Americans to Move

A new study released by the journal Nature suggests that in a worst-case scenario, as many as 13 million people will be seriously affected by rising sea levels due to climate change by 2100.

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Climate Kids Challenge Federal Government

A federal judge in Oregon is deciding whether a group of children have the right to take the federal government to court over climate change and hold leaders accountable for squandering natural resources, including clean water and air.