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Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.

Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

For decades governments have been using insecticide spray and other chemicals to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But now scientists have come up with another method, thanks to help from Nature — oh, and about 50 years of plodding through tropical jungles. The answer all along, was in the soil …

Florida’s Leadership, Media Fall Short on Sea Level Rise

In the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, critics have pointed out that Florida’s leadership has done little to prepare the state for climate change risks – and the mainstream media has also fallen short when it comes to explaining the role climate change has had on these extreme weather events.

Time to Raise Water Rates

While hurricanes Harvey and Irma deluge floods of biblical proportions, 21.7 million Americans – 11 percent of the country – were living under drought conditions on August 1.  And drought conditions are expected to worsen.

Amazon’s Satellite HQ Could Reap Billions in Tax Breaks

Amazon could over $10 billion in reduced tax breaks and other incentives for its recently-announced second headquarters, but some civic leaders question the wisdom of giving a very profitable company billions that could go to schools or infrastructure.

Hurricane Irma Shows Us 2050 is Now

The reality of daily life is that we try to fix the problems that are staring us in the face. In many ways, the desire for short-term results defines the rhythm of both public and private life. So the idea that decisions today will define where we end up in a couple of decades is difficult to grasp, and may even appear outlandish. Yet Hurricane Irma and the other Atlantic storms foreshadow a perilous tomorrow if we don’t tackle climate change now. We are at an historic crossroads that requires us to factor in the future. Because in a very real sense, 2050 is now.

Florida Launches Hotline to Combat Price Gouging

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced it will be going after those companies that “price gouge” in accordance with the state’s stiff law that is meant to protect consumers during disasters like Hurricane Irma. But some companies are already trying to lead the way with innovations and transportation price reductions, reflecting what one airline spokeperson gauged as a “new dynamic for businesses faced with providing pricey but urgent services.

Why the Green Climate Fund Matters

The U.S. recently began shifting its global gaze to an inward focus, and climate policy is no exception. From President Trump declaring he represents Pittsburgh and not Paris, our once broad and inclusive views have narrowed considerably.

Corporations Causing Sea Level Rise — New Proof

A new study backed by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that about 30 percent of the world’s sea level rise can be directly attributed to emissions from fossil fuel producers. And they name names too.

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We Are Still In: How Businesses Reshape Political Advocacy in Washington

There’s a reason why it makes perfect sense that business leaders are leading the call on some the country’s most decisive initiatives. According to Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), who helped launch the We Are Still In initiative, there’s a strong business case for supporting the Paris Accord, and for putting it in the framework that business people – including President Trump – can understand.

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Ben & Jerry’s: Why Brands Taking Stands is Smart Business

Few brands are as famous for their social activism than Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont ice cream maker with global revenues of more than $1.2 billion (2015) is as much known for its social conscience as for its creamy, irresistible ice cream flavors. Pick a flavor and chances are you’ll walk away with more than just a good feeling in your tummy: You’ll feel you’re making a statement.