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Immigration, human rights, technology, Leon Kaye, innovation, Silicon Valley, Syrian refugees

U.S. Immigration Policy Needs a Massive Rethink

U.S. immigration policy is focused on an outdated model — one that categorizes people into two groups: those from Mexico and “other than Mexico.” It is hardly a way to cope with the country’s economic needs and does little to embolden its leadership in the world.

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Considering Ontario’s Climate Change Solution

This summer, Ontario solidified a five-year action plan to promote clean energy and support the long-term shift to a low-carbon economy. Critics say the $7 billion plan, which includes a cap-and-trade scheme, will destroy the economy. But are the funds an investment in Ontario’s future?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers take samples during reconnaissance of the Dan River coal ash spill in February of 2014.

North Carolina Eases Coal Ash Cleanup Laws as New Leak is Discovered

Duke Energy, North Carolina’s largest coal company, stands to gain in the state’s latest round of coal ash regulations. Some payouts protect homeowners’ rights to clean water, but does Bill 630 go far enough to protect the state’s natural resources? Maybe not, suggests a new suit brought against the coal company.

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Phillip Morris Loses Lawsuit Against Uruguay on Tough Tobacco Rules

An international trade court ruled against Philip Morris in the company’s lawsuit against the government of Uruguay over tobacco-labeling rules. The tobacco giant must pay Uruguay’s government $7 million in damages, along with all litigation costs, the panel ruled.

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AmeriCorps to Shut Down Health Program After Abortion Controversy

Out of 1,600 volunteers who worked with AmeriCorps popular healthcare program last year, six were found to have given emotional support to women seeking abortions. And believe it or not, that was enough to shutter the entire program — which provides healthcare services to underserved populations.

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What Nature Teaches Us About Design and Leadership

“A sustainable world already exists,” Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, said at the 2016 Sustainable Brands Conference. “And we need to access that wisdom.”

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Advocates: Organic Food Companies Worked with Monsanto on Bogus GMO-Labeling Bill

“A bill of this importance merits hearings, expert testimony and thorough legal analysis, not the ‘backroom dealing’ that created this deeply flawed draft,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said of the GMO-labeling legislation that hit the senate floor this week. “As it stands, this bill is a sham and a legislative embarrassment.”

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Interview: The Impact of Brexit on a Sustainable Future

“Brexit could potentially represent a great risk or a great opportunity to both the EU and to Britain,” says Christian Felber, author of “Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good.”