Here’s a quick quiz: 1. What happens to the packaged snacks second graders decide not to eat? 2. What do hotels do with the half rolls of toilet-paper and half bottles of shampoo you leave behind? 3. Where does uneaten food, including food still in wrappers, end up after a conference ends.
Scientists find evidence that the water distribution systems of aspens in Colorado were damaged during a drought, suggesting that they died of thirst rather than a lack of carbohydrates linked to a halt in photosynthesis.
Historically, businesses in America were given a charter for a specific public purpose that allowed them to operate and expired upon the completion of the chartered project. Profits were allowed, but they were legitimized by the mission within the business charter. In modern-day America, businesses are held legally accountable to maximize profits for shareholders, frequently at the exclusion of all else. However, some entrepreneurs and businesses don't want this to define the character of what their company is all about. They want to ensure that the mission of their company stays intact over time and factors like environmental stewardship, community involvement, and employee well-being are legally recognized in the DNA of their founding documents. A structure has emerged to serve this purpose, called the Benefit Corporation.
The Darwinian struggle to strip the flesh from insolvent consumers before one’s competitors do so is not a thriving economy nor a growing economy; it is a hollowed out economy at a dead-end of financialization and substitution of Federal debt for actual production.
It's no secret that getting out from behind the wheel of your car and riding a bike can benefit both you and the planet. Like this infographic states, Americans alone spend 20% of their income on transportation.
Figure 1. Departure of precipitation from average for 2011, as of December 6, 2011. Remarkably, more than half of the country (56%) experienced either a top-ten driest or top-ten wettest year, a new record.
The diplomatic community is publicly patting itself on the back for the "deal" in Durban. The problem is, as any first year American law student could tell you, there is no "deal." What there is is a promise to make a promise.