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New York vs. the Sharing Economy

Both the state and city of New York have been challenging a number of sharing economy companies and their disruptive models, including Airbnb, Uber, SideCar and RelayRides. So what’s going on here – is New York becoming an unfriendly territory for sharing economy innovations? And even more importantly, how will these legal battles impact the sharing economy and its efforts to go mainstream?

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Where the Millennium Development Goals Fell Short: Valuing Nature

The post-2015 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) must break from failed convention by integrating environmental and social dimensions into the pursuit of economic development aims, acknowledging that our future economic health will critically depend on our planet’s ecological health. Yet as a whole, our accomplishments have fallen short of our ambitions — particularly on environmental concerns.

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Tesla Pays Off Department of Energy Loan Nine Years Early

In another piece of good news for electric vehicle maker, Tesla Motors, the company announced on Wednesday, May 22, that it has paid off the remainder of its Department of Energy loan, nine years early. The sum of $451.8 million was wired to the DOE, repaying the full loan with interest.

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Media Fails to Report Big Oil Funding Ties to Climate Change Contrarians

Label this one under the category of the news that’s not too surprising, but somewhat depressing nonetheless. In an effort to provide “fair and balanced” coverage on climate change, the mainstream press and media “routinely cites climate contrarian think tanks without reporting their ties to the fossil fuel industry,” according to a Union of Concerned … Continued

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Policy Points: Make Cosmetics Safe and Support Industry Innovation

The current law guiding the manufacture of cosmetics dates back to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938. This legislation granted oversight of cosmetics safety to the cosmetics industry itself, meaning that the FDA has almost no authority. Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into the consumer market, and the industry provides very little information on the safety of these ingredients for use in personal care products.

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Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations are the Key to Ending Homelessness

It will take organizations from several disciplines working together to put an end to homelessness. Veterans, families and children are hardest hit. President Obama’s Opening Doors initiative and new opportunities for funding like crowdfunding are rays of light for this dark problem.

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Academic & NGO Partners Bring Climate Change Planning to China’s Yunnan Province

In recent years, more and more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have discovered that climate change is severely influencing poverty-stricken regions of the world, many of which have made an effort to develop solutions in response to these negative impacts. Over the past 12 years, Green Watershed has worked to prevent increased detrimental environmental damage in the Lashi Lake area (below is the map of the area) and to maintain a sustainable way of living for local residents.

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Reinvented Business Growth: Co-Sustaining Locally

If small businesses contribute to American growth, and local business growth supports communities, then a variety of communities will risk losing opportunities at both economic, social, cultural, and business development if we ignore local initiatives.

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Economic Benefits of EPA Regulations Vastly Outweigh the Costs

During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney claimed that the EPA was a tool President Obama was using to crush the American private enterprise system. He went on to say that many Democrats disliked capitalism and were doing everything they could to impede the growth of the economy by prioritizing the environment. A new study shows that the voters were right not to believe him.

Scientists generally agree that burning fossil fuels has caused atmospheric CO2 levels to rise which has in turn resulted in perilous climate changes.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Approach Record High 400ppm

For the first time in human history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide could rise above 400 parts per million throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere as soon as May 2013.

The latest CO2 measurement was taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii and reported by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a research center at the University of San Diego that tracks increases in atmospheric CO2 levels.

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Shell Oil : Natural Gas Best Opportunity For Carbon Reduction

A company such as Shell has to operate on the basis of where the technical skills are and drive the objective of CO2 reduction in a way that has the most impact according to those technical capabilities. Shell believes to achieve real carbon reductions over several decades, their best contribution is to increase the balance of natural gas over other fossil fuels.