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Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth -- while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director…
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How A Carbon Tax Can Win Bipartisan Support

The advocacy group Washington Carbon is attempting to add a carbon tax to the 2016 Washington State ballot. The initiative would tax fossil…
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Report: Curb Carbon Emissions or Grow Money Trees

Citibank's new report says investing in low-carbon energy now would save everyone $1.8 trillion. In contrast, if everyone sits on the couch, eats…
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3p Weekend: 10 Companies With Sensible Gun Policies

With the wave of violent gun crimes that have rocked the country in recent years, some companies are beginning to approach gun policies…
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New Labor Ruling: What Does It Mean for Small Business Contractors?

By tweaking what defines a "joint employer," the National Labor Relations Board has made sweeping changes to what steps unions can take in…
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Toxic Lead: Nestle’s $100M Pot of Troubles in India

The Maggi brand is big business for Nestle, especially in India, where it is considered the go-to, inexpensive staple for many households. But…
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Canadian Prime Minister’s Photo Gaffe Highlights Spotty Conservation Record

Using the wrong picture to go with an ad concerning wild salmon habitat restoration shouldn’t be that big of a deal, right? If…
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Is That Grouper on Your Plate? Seafood Fraud Hits Diners Hard

For decades, sushi fanatics could relax in knowing their carp was mercury-free and fresh. Now, the "fruits of the sea" are not what…
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The Political Balancing Game: Obama Okays Arctic Drilling

Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment?…
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Economic Stimulation and the Nonprofit Sector

Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment.…
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Policy Points: Support Paid Sick Time, Just Trade and More

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are two important policies that can…
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Aging Water Pipelines Sicken Residents in Flint, Michigan

Due to rising costs and less tax revenue, Flint now relies on a local river to supply water to its 100,000 residents --…
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Economists Ask If Energy Efficiency Is A Good Investment

Too many customers view utility pricing (and its regulation) as skewed toward the utility. And too many customers have invested in energy efficiency…
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Not So Profitable: Who Lost Over $5 Billion On Fossil Fuels?

California's largest public pension funds have lost over $5 billion on fossil fuel investments in the past fiscal year, according to a report…
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What the State Department’s Human Trafficking Report Means for Business Supply Chains

For the first time, the State Department's annual human trafficking report focused on forced labor in global supply chains, but controversial rankings of…