Palm Oil Industry Transformation
By Holly Testa

Announcements from companies producing and consuming palm oil are coming out at a rapid pace—promising ‘sustainability’ across the supply chain. If promises become action, we may finally be at a turning point for good. Deforestation Free Junk Food? Menu options from leading doughnut chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are of questionable nutritional value, but Read more »

Posted: September 29, 2014

Rockefellers Divest From Fossil Fuels
By Michael Schweibinz

The entirety of the eco-conscious world has now turned its attention toward the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit, which commenced on September 23, 2014. However, for many, climate change calls were already answered the day before, when the Rockefeller family, whose fortune was made in oil in the late 1800s, announced that they would divest Read more »

Posted: September 29, 2014

Climate March Echoes Around the World
By Michael Schweibinz

When was the largest organized event against climate change in the history of our planet? If you’re scrambling for an answer, stop, because you won’t find it in a history book. Instead, flip open just about any newspaper published within the last week, and there it will be—the “People’s Climate March.” Just this past Sunday, Read more »

Posted: September 23, 2014

Fixing Recycling: How Do We Close the Loop?
By Holly Testa

Many communities have recycling programs. And yet, this patchwork system of taxpayer funded programs produces marginal results for the United States overall that lag far behind other developed nations. Why? Throwing Away $11.5 Billion As You Sow has estimated that the value of wasted packaging in the U.S. in 2010 was $11.5 billion. Most of Read more »

Posted: September 22, 2014

The Battle Between Beer and Fracking in Germany
By Michael Schweibinz

One of Germany’s most historically and culturally significant industries may be in jeopardy due to the negative externalities caused by energy producers. The town of Lünne is located in Lower Saxony in the northwestern part of Germany, where das Landhaus-Brauerei Borchert proudly produces over 800,000 liters of authentic German beer every year. Their key ingredient, Read more »

Posted: September 19, 2014

Time to Change the “Dual Mandate”
By Mel Miller

The Federal Reserve is coming under growing criticism for actions taken during and since the Great Recession. In light of the political acrimony which currently permeates Washington, DC, I am concerned that any decisions that will change the workings of the Federal Reserve could merely be politically motivated and not in the best interests of the Read more »

Posted: September 17, 2014

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing
By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy. The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate Read more »

Posted: September 15, 2014

Soil Cowboys
By Dan Sherman

In the northern United States and southern Canada, ranching has begun to promote sustainability, reducing carbon in the air, while creating healthier food and saving money. Though not often known, soil can act as a carbon sink, holding tons of this climate change-causing element. Most often, however, carbon is actually removed from the soil by Read more »

Posted: September 12, 2014

Profits over People? Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma
By Mason Meyer

Oklahomans are tough; it’s in their blood. Many are descendants of relocated Native peoples, Dust Bowl survivors, and hearty pioneers. In addition, Oklahomans have grown accustom to an extreme climate. Tornados, droughts, ice storms, and sweltering heat and humidity are nothing new. However there is a new and growing phenomenon that is causing great concern: Read more »

Posted: September 10, 2014

Apple Begins to Improve Working Conditions at Supplier Plants
By Dan Sherman

Apple’s suppliers have had a murky history with working conditions. Eighteen workers attempted suicide in one facility in 2010 and one died of exhaustion because of the working conditions at the plant. The response from the supplier? Force employees to sign non-suicide agreements and install nets on the buildings. Two years later, 150 workers threatened mass suicide over abysmal working conditions. At the time, Apple’s Read more »

Posted: September 8, 2014

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