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Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

Executives Who Trashed Evidence Must Go to Jail

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.12.2014 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

It doesn't matter if you wear a suit and tie, if you break the law you will go to prison. Sending that message would make all of us safer. But we haven't been doing that consistently enough in America in recent years.

A Delaware Court Decision Threatens Effective Enforcement of Our Nation's Securities Laws, While the SEC Stands Idly By

Micah Hauptman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Micah Hauptman

Delaware courts often set standards for what corporations are permitted to do. In May, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a corporation's board of directors can unilaterally amend the company's bylaws to include a "loser pays" provision that shifts all litigation expenses to a plaintiff who sues the company for intra-corporate wrongdoing.

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

7 Ways For Women to Win and Succeed in Business

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women
Colette A.M.Phillips

One of the downfall of many business and professional women is the "Superwoman Complex." Once you hang up the Superwoman cape and the Wonderwoman belt and recognize and accept this fact, your job will get a whole lot easier.

The Role of Corporate Partners in National Park Philanthropy

Neil Mulholland | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

I am often asked what my thoughts are on philanthropy's role in helping to protect and preserve our national parks. It is a fair question and I feel strongly about the answer. Philanthropy, in all forms, is essential to the existence and future of America's national parks.

This Woman Turned a Layoff Into a Payoff

Debra Carpenter | Posted 10.28.2014 | Small Business
Debra Carpenter

If you're interested in starting your own business as a Virtual Assistant, Tammi says "Don't give up -- get your materials, do your research, and most importantly, be bold."

Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

Big Banks Have License to Steal -- You Can Help Stop It

Robert Weissman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The big banks want an effective license to steal. And they are counting on you to give it to them. You would never knowingly agree to any such thing,...

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Today Show Sets Up Sting to Nab Soldiers Who Scam Thousands, Ignores Corporations Who Scam Billions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

It's not okay to steal just because one earns below the median income level. But as I watched "National Investigative Reporter" Jeff Rossen bear down on a soldier lucky to be earning one-fifth what he is, I wanted to know why this was the crime on which the Today show chose to focus.

Can Seattle Afford to Pay a Premium Minimum Wage?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

With so many business-hub communities surrounding Seattle (more than a dozen not counting bedroom communities), residents desiring low-cost local services do not have to drive far to find businesses not constrained by the new minimum wage.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Sunflower, Banks Bank on Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 2, 2014 How unusua...

Republicans Are in Corporations' Pockets on Tax Inversions -- Democratic Senate Candidates Should Hammer Them for It

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Sen. Schumer urged Congress to craft a stricter definition of inversion and enact a ban on "earnings stripping." Earnings stripping? You'll love this. Earnings stripping refers to a practice by which a foreign-based parent corporation loans large sums to -- wait for it -- itself.

Reagan Set Up the Death of the Middle Class, But China Was the Clincher

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Reagan shifted the power to the wealthy, and the wealthy used that power to escape the borders of democracy by moving production to China. And that, my friends, was that.

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Social Media's New Role: Weapon Against Big Business

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Gil Laroya

Social media provides us all with the channel, the avenue, and the collective voice, to make these issues heard. No longer can governments and corporations ignore us or avoid our wrath.

Who Gets Rich Harvesting Burger King and the American Economy?

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Now Burger King is asking us to swallow something even unhealthier than their food and lower than their pay. They are asking us to let them off from paying many of the taxes that sustain the very infrastructure, courts, education system and food safety system that enables them to stay in business.

The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."