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Marc Gunther

Entries by Marc Gunther

Modern-Day Slavery: Alive and Well

(20) Comments | Posted June 27, 2010 | 6:40 PM

Modern-day slavery is not just about sex workers or poor people in faraway places.

Some farmworkers in the U.S., for all practical purposes, work as slaves. Laborers with few or no rights, working under inhumane conditions,...

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Obama: Missing From the Climate War

(13) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 8:41 AM

Talking about the Gulf oil disaster in a speech last week at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama said we need an energy-and-climate bill because:

the only way the transition to clean energy will ultimately succeed is if the private sector is fully invested in this future -- if...
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Paul Hawken's Winning Investment Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 5:44 AM

If you believe that companies that are strongly committed to socially and environmentally sound practices will outperform their peers in the long run, then you would expect so-called socially responsible investment (SRI) funds to deliver superior returns to investors.

The trouble is, they don't. Sure, some years the mutual funds...

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Social Investing (Finally) Grows Up

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 2:53 PM

Calvert_Web_Logo_72dpiDo you agree or disagree that...

...nuclear power may help solve the climate crisis.

...we need weapons to prevent humanitarian disasters like the Darfur genocide.

...Wal-Mart's sustainability efforts are making the world better.

...A cold beer at a...

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Exposed! Starbucks Goes Undercover!

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 2:25 PM

Seattle surely has more coffee shops per capita than any American city, so the arrival of another one would ordinarily not get much attention. But a newly-renovated coffee shop called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood is attracting interest--because it's a Starbucks in disguise.

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Wal-Mart CEO Has a Problem With Gays

(21) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 4:20 PM

Mike Duke, who has been chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores for just three months, is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere. It's not the kind of attention a new CEO wants.

"Shameful, bigoted and discriminatory" is the headline over one blog post about Duke.

Why? Because,...

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Warren Buffett's Chinese Electric Car Co.

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 10:51 AM

If you think the American auto industry is in trouble now, just wait until the Chinese learn how to make great cars. And if you doubt that they will learn, check out my cover story about BYD in the new issue of FORTUNE, headed to subscribers and newsstands...

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Fighting Poverty with Acumen

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2009 | 7:11 PM

Jacqueline Novogratz was out for her customary morning jog on the streets of Kigali, Rwanda, when she noticed a young boy wearing a blue wool sweater decorated with zebras and mountains. This was 1987, and Novogratz was an idealistic 25-year-old aid worker, helping local women to start a microfinance bank....

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The Low Carb(on) Diet

(9) Comments | Posted March 29, 2009 | 7:33 PM

You've probably heard of the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the Best Life diet. Now it's time to consider Low Carbon Diet. It's good for the planet, and good for your health, your waistline and your bottom line. What's not to like?

While the impacts of agriculture and...

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When Money Doesn't Talk

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Million-dollar bonuses handed out by failed companies like Merrill Lynch and AIG stir outrage for many reasons--not the least of which is that they are paid, in part, with taxpayer dollars--but they have an added sting right now because, elsewhere in America, not many people are getting raises or bonuses.

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A Yale Man's Guide to Sleeping Soundly

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2009 | 11:04 AM

If you pay any attention to the world of institutional investing, you know David Swensen. In just under a quarter century as Yale's chief investment officer, Swensen has generated Madoff-like returns for the university - except that he made his money honestly. When Swensen, at the age of 31, left...

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Geoengineering: Time to Get Serious?

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 4:35 PM

Imagine a fleet of 1,500 remote-controlled, wind-powered ships, sailing the world's oceans, spewing salt water into the air to whiten clouds, so they block more of the sun and cool an overheating planet.

Or think of trillions of tiny mirrors, sent into orbit, to reflect the sun's rays. Or artificial...

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The anatomy of a latte

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 6:39 AM

Have you ever wondered how much water it takes to make a Starbucks grande latte? I hadn't until I met Jason Clay.

Jason is a Missouri farm boy who earned a Phd in anthropology from Cornell, wrote...

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Well, Black Is Always in Style

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 11:49 AM

"I can't understand," Al Gore said a while ago, "why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."

Just wait, Al. The Capitol Climate Action, a coalition of activist groups, is organizing what will almost surely be the largest mass...

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Steve Howard, Climate Crusader

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 11:53 AM

"The low carbon world will be built," declares Steve Howard of The Climate Group. "The question is, will we get it built fast enough?"

Yes, that is the question facing business, political leaders and environmentalists in 2009: Will this be the year that governments get their act together and enact...

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Shaky Foundations & Bernie Madoff

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2008 | 8:23 PM

How could smart people be so dumb? That's the big question raised by the Bernie Madoff-with-the-money affair. But because the decision to entrust one's entire fortune to a black-box operation like Madoff's is a triumph of greed over common sense, it's hard to get worked up about the suffering of...

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Obama, Rick Warren and Me

(26) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 2:19 PM

Rick Warren is one the most likable people I've ever met. We traveled to Rwanda together back in 2005, and spent time at Saddleback Church. I came away impressed with his big heart, his passion, his smarts and his long-running effort to broaden the political agenda of evangelical Christians to...

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The Recession Hits Home

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 5:44 PM

Oops! I got scooped on the news of my own layoff. Willie Brent had it first on his blog, and then my friend Joel Makower reported the story, as part of a blogpost headlined, "Are environmental journalists an endangered species?" He writess:

Just after Thanksgiving, Fortune magazine...
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Marriott and Milk

(14) Comments | Posted December 14, 2008 | 8:49 PM

Last month's passage of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, unleashed anger among gay and lesbian Americans. One target: Marriott Corp., mostly because the company's founding family and current CEO, Bill Marriott, are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints.

Mormons, of course, played a...

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Big Business and Gay Rights

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2008 | 10:53 PM

You won't hear much about gay marriage this week at the Republican convention, but it remains a hotly-contested political issue, particularly in California, where a fall ballot initiative would overturn the state Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to wed. John McCain supports the ballot Proposition 8...

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