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By bringing various stakeholders together, WWF insists that GFTN has ensured millions of acres of forests have become certified as sustainably managed

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It’s never a good sign when economists have to put a dollar sign on an ecological landmark to determine its importance.

But that’s just what happened when Deloitte Access Economics was asked to take hard look at the Great Barrier Reef value in dollars, cents and irreplaceable industries.

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The worldwide delivery service UPS today revealed what it says are aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and future additions of more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its global fleet.

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Forests suffer when opaque supply chains stretch across continents and oceans, isolating consumers, producers, and growers and hiding the shared stake each has in a stable resource. It is the challenge of globalization in a consumer-driven economy. So if healthy forests do so much for us, why do we continue to destroy them?

That’s a rhetorical question with no easy answer.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry started this week on a low note, and it all went downhill from there. In the latest blow to the agency’s image, last Thursday the Washington Post reported that the agency’s newly appointed director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy, William C. Bradford, has a recent history of racist and offensive comments on Twitter.



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John Oliver’s most recent Last Week Tonight took on the plight of out-of-work coal miners and the millionaires who used to employ them.



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If anything, the president has handed the U.S. business community a golden opportunity to promote the strength of the corporate social responsibility movement along with capitalism, innovation, and other conventional aspects of the U.S. economic sector.

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There have been a variety of studies of the U.S. forest system in recent years to determine how sustainable these two forest systems really are. A 2010 report published by the National Forest Service for example, yielded some surprising facts:



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After the announcement of the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a coalition of mayors, governors, universities, and businesses pledged their commitment to stand by the agreement regardless of America’s withdrawal.

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Last week, the United Nations released its second progress report on its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Refreshingly, there is no flowing language; in addition, the report does not excessively hype goals that are finding success, nor does it attempt to sweep any shortcomings under the rug. The 19-page overview is frank and matter-of-fact, full of statistics that arouse hope, worry and of course, more questions, at the same time.


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