Donald Trump’s election comes at a time where the world needs more engagement in climate policy, not less. Here are some impacts we expect to see, along with the efforts we’ll need to see from the business and financial sector to counter-balance the expected scaling back of U.S. engagement.
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If Donald Trump gets his way and he builds that wall, or even succeeds in only launching his other immigration ideas, wages across many sectors could rise in the short term. Employment opportunities, however, could shrivel, and the fact is that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the U.S.
Both blue and red workers in four very different states will benefit economically after Tuesday night’s election returns: voters approved initiatives that will raise their states’ minimum wage over the next few years, to as high as $13.50 in Washington state.
There will be setbacks, including a threat to the COP21 agreement, due to the election of Donald Trump. However, Tuesday’s outcome does not have to cause a complete freak-out: unless we idly stand by and allow such events to happen.
The government may be useless and hostile for the next four years. The business community must rise to the challenge of sustainable innovation and opportunity that has always existed.
At a time when global challenges like climate change, resource scarcity and social inequity make our future uncertain, the demand for leaders with the courage to make history has never been greater. Here are three concrete steps to take to make a difference.
While legislation is finally coming online to strengthen corporations’ voluntary commitments on forced labor, loopholes remain.
Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia will shut down its entire operations for today, Election Day, to encourage its employees and the general public to exercise their right to vote.
2This year marks the centennial celebration of what some have called “America’s greatest idea” — the National Parks system. As the country looks back at 100 years of National Parks and the successes and complexities that have come with them, it’s also a chance to look forward to the future. Here are some possibilities for the next century of conservation.
The USDA will offer up to $25 million in grants to develop more tech-driven applications that can help farmers use resources more efficiently and sustainably.
And amidst all this talk about making America great again, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come as a society. Before you go hide under your covers all weekend, take a moment to remember the ways America is already great.
“In my view, the issue of long-term dynamics here continues to play in favor of the U.S. staying deeply engaged,” Dr. Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to COP22, said on Thursday.
According to Reuters, some within the UN’s leadership realized that it would benefit next week’s meeting drafting a global tobacco control treaty if delegates who work within, or have ties to, state-owned tobacco companies are barred from attending the proceedings.
Millennials are the second largest generation in the U.S. But they have never voted in numbers representative of their population size. What will it mean for America’s future if they decide to vote this time around?