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  • Why Not Eating Meat Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

    “For about 10,000 years people and cows have had a mutually beneficial relationship. We gave cows pastures and protected them from predators. They pulled our barges, plows and wagons. About 50 years ago in the United States that fell apart,” says Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation and co-author of “Cowed: The Hidden Impact […]

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  • The Rising Cost of the Zika Virus Epidemic

    A Brazilian soldier visits a home to guide residents on how to guard against infestations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is being suspected of causing the global Zika virus epidemic. Brazil is calling out its latest defense against the Zika virus: the military. Armed with leaflets, some 200,000 troops fanned out across cities, towns […]

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  • Nestl U.S. Going Cage Free by 2020

    Nestl is the latest food company to announce it will only source cage-free eggs. The egg industry is often a brutal one, with egg-laying hens hardly living the idyllic life often portrayed on those packages you buy at the supermarket. But the outlook is improving for chickens, due largely to the efforts of the Humane […]

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  • Broccoli City Turns Hip-Hop Lovers into Tree-Huggers

    Broccoli City is on a mission to turn hip-hop lovers into tree-huggers. The wildly successful social enterprise is leveraging its community of over 20,000 urban millennials around the world to promote healthy eating, environmental sustainability and civic engagement. Its annual festival, which takes place on April 30 of this year, features live performances by Future and […]

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  • Lead Poisoning Troubles Link Chicago and Flint, Michigan

    Lead has had an insidious role in shaping U.S. health and environmental policies, often to the jeopardy of the country’s youngest residents, who are most at risk from lead poisoning. In the 1970s, the discovery that people were inhaling lead from car exhaust brought about the introduction of lead-free gasoline. Almost 20 years later the […]

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  • Smart Growth Can Cure California’s Congestion Crisis

    A back-up on Interstate 10 near San Bernardino, California. Traffic jams like this waste hours of productive time each week. By Chris Busch and CC Huang California’s economy is hot, but its traffic congestion is not. Since the end of the recession, the number of jobs statewide has increased 15 percent, compared to 10 percent […]

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  • 3 Ways to Travel Sustainably

    By Daphne Stanford What does it mean to travel sustainably?  Beyond government and civic initiatives such as the Paris Agreement and tax rebates for green retrofitting, how can we, as individuals, give back to the planet while traveling — an activity that is reserved for the privileged, developed world? The “three pillars” of sustainability — […]

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  • How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Values-Based Innovation

    Anheuser-Busch employees and their families volunteer with the International Coastal Clean Up in Virginia. It’s great to see big brands chipping in, but you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to make a difference in your neighborhood. By Robert Bikel Over the last decade, corporate social responsibility, or CSR, has become ingrained in […]