NGOs Call for Immediate Action from U.S. Customs to Block Import of Palm Oil Produced Using Forced Labor

New evidence of forced labor against Procter & Gamble’s joint venture partner, Malaysian company FGV Washington, D.C. – This week, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced it is suspending certification bids for the non-certified units of FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) –– one of Malaysia’s largest palm oil companies and a joint venture partner…

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Volkswagen diesel settlement funding electric school buses

Thomas Built Buses Jouley electric school busOf all the kinds of vehicles that can be made electric, school buses sure make a lot of sense. Electric school buses have fewer maintenance needs and no noise pollution. And they curb diesel emissions—including fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide—that can contribute to asthma and other health issues. Michigan…

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4 Simple Ways to Reduce (and Hopefully Get Rid Of) Consumer Debt This Year

Newsflash: Overall consumer debt in the US last year amounted to $13.9 trillion, the highest it’s been since data has been made available. This figure paints a worrisome picture of just how many people are currently struggling to stay on top of their personal finances. With over-dependence on credit cards, personal and student loans and mortgages, it’s…

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Electric cars got much cleaner in 2019, as coal plants were retired at a record pace

Coal power plant in ChinaOne campaign pledge the Trump administration hasn’t been able to keep, as of yet, is the revival of the U.S. coal industry. U.S. coal power plants shut down at their second-fastest rate ever in 2019, according to new data from Thomson Reuters and the federal government, as reported by Reuters Monday. During 2019, 15.1 gigawatts of coal-fired…

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10 Ethical Vegan Fashion Brands to Watch in 2020

There is no denying that vegan fashion has boomed over the last few years – and 2020 is set to take the trend even further into here-to-stay territory. A record number of people have signed up to take the Veganuary pledge this month, bringing the animal-free lifestyle into the spotlight when it comes to everything…

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Greening Up Your Road Trip: 11 Tips to Make Road Travel More Sustainable

By Amber McDaniel Mary Ritter Beard wrote, “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”  Sound familiar? It should, because at its core, sustainable living embodies this same deep and permanent change in perception. Despite this, sustainability and travel…

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Take the Pledge to Make 2020 the Year of the Planet

Say goodbye to climate anxiety by taking action this decade  While the country burns and global temperatures rise, climate denialism still persists. Close your eyes and imagine, if every individual who believes climate change is an important issue was united under one banner. The Good Empire, trailblazers in helping businesses and organisations do good for…

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Climate Joy Week #40: London and New York Mayors Urge Other Cities to Divest From Fossil Fuels, US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall in 2019 and more…

Welcome to this week’s edition of our Climate Joy Series. Thanks for supporting this series, where we shine the light on positive climate news and remind everyone it’s not all bad. And now without further ado, here is the roundup of good news for the week, as it relates to the environment and climate action:…

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Environmental Events in 2020 to Add to Your Annual Calendar

One way to increase environmental awareness and encourage more people to adopt a green lifestyle and to take climate action is to promote the different environmental events scheduled throughout the year. In this way, people can get organised, mark in their annual calendars and make plans to participate. Below is the list of global environmental…

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As Fires Rage, We Must Use Social Media For Long-Term Change, Not Just Short-Term Fundraising

With 26 fatalities, half a billion animals impacted and 10.7 million hectares of land burnt, Australia faces a record-breaking bushfire season. Yet, amid the despondency, moving stories have emerged of phenomenal fundraising conducted through social media. At the forefront is Australian comedian Celeste Barber, whose Facebook fundraiser has raised more than AUD$45 million – the…

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