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China Tells WTO: No More Garbage Imports

China recently informed the World Trade Organization that wastes resulting from textiles and steelmaking are among a list of 24 types of garbage that will no longer be accepted at the country’s ports.

Skyrocketing Subprime Auto Loan Defaults Put Cities’ Transport Systems at Risk

Subprime auto loan default rates are rising, which could affect investors worldwide, as they have been purchased these loans through securitized bonds. If the bottom falls out of the market, there could be a huge dent in ridesharing across U.S. cities, as many Uber and Lyft drivers rely on sub prime auto loans to rent cars for work.

California Extends Bipartisan Carbon Cap and Trade

This week, with considerable bipartisan support, the Calif. Legislature passed AB-398, which extends the state’s cap-and-trade climate law to 2030. Supporters say the bill’s passage will strengthen market certainty for Calif.’s clean technology and oil sectors.

Net Neutrality Day Wasn’t Just About Internet Surfing

Wednesday’s doomsday scenarios got a lot of people to speak out in favor of net neutrality. But many speakers forgot to mention the greatest potential casualty to stripping away Title II protections for equal access to the internet: the companies that rely upon it to reach the consumer and grow their businesses.

Do Banks and Lenders Have an Obligation to be Responsible?

By Jenna Cypress  The average American doesn’t understand personal finance very well. They assume that just because they can qualify for a loan, they can afford the loan. Sadly, this often leads to poor decision-making. Do companies have a moral obligation to keep consumers from taking on too much debt? Ethical considerations in the lending … Continued

3 Game-Changing Impact Investment Firms

As many individuals struggle to find the balance point between profit and responsibility when it comes to investing, impact investment firms remain at the forefront, innovating ways to advance economically with due respect to the environment and those within it. These three firms
stand as strong examples of how profitable enterprise can be merged successfully with social good.

Mr. Trump Goes to Hamburg — and Ditches International Collaboration

President Donald Trump did make it to Hamburg this week, but relatively little was accomplished at this G20. Nineteen world leaders and one president’s daughter pushed for initiatives to help the planet and the world’s poorest citizens while America’s top man struck out on his own

First Tesla Model 3s Roll Off Assembly Line Friday

According to Elon Musk, the much-anticipated Tesla Model 3 will roll off the assembly line on Friday. Musk announced on Twitter that the first 30 units will be presented to their new owners on July 28.

Israel’s Green Power Goes to West Africa

Israel and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) are joining forces to bring solar to 15 African nations. It’s not the first time Israel has brought technology to African states, but the opportunity is a continued boon for both impoverished communities and Israel’s green energy sector.

Chinese Battery Manufacturers Take on Tesla

Elon Musk has boasted about Tesla’s battery storage capacity, but the evidence suggests China’s energy storage sector could dwarf Tesla and its gigafactories by 2021.

Burger King Promises Path to Sustainability – Eventually

Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support for deforestation in South America by 2030 where soy is grown for its products. But environmentalists say that a 13-year window to stop its use of deforestation is too long, calling in questions about its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Saving Brazil’s Amazon: A Job for Tiny Norway

It’s been a bad, bad month for Brazil’s President Michel Temer. First he is called on the carpet by Brazil’s supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, for efforts to open up more of the Amazon to deforestation. Then he’s told that he’s at risk of losing a $1.1 billion payment from Norway for the same concern. And if that’s not bad enough, the US is rejecting Brazil’s beef imports because of alleged bribes in the supply chain. What’s a president to do?