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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels
Above Photo: From csglobe.com A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with ... Read more

Whole Foods Represents The Failures Of ‘Conscious Capitalism’

Whole Foods Represents The Failures Of ‘Conscious Capitalism’
Above Photo:  People exit a Whole Foods Market in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters It’s hard to think of a better poster child for “conscious capitalism” than Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocery store that made a name for itself selling organic produce in feel-good, mood-lit stores. These days, the chain is floundering and a potential buyout is on the horizon. What does that say about the conscious capitalism it ... Read more

Impact Investing And Employee Ownership

Impact Investing And Employee Ownership
With income inequality in the United States at record high levels, employee ownership is increasingly being lauded as a potential solution to spreading wealth more broadly. Most recently, research from the National Center for Employee Ownership released in May shows that employee owners have a household net worth that is 92 percent higher than non-employee owners. They also make 33 percent higher wages, and are far less likely to be laid ... Read more

We’re Winning In The Fight Against Corporate Courts And Toxic Trade Deals

We’re Winning In The Fight Against Corporate Courts And Toxic Trade Deals
Above Photo: From waronwant.org In recent weeks two EU court rulings and a decision taken by Ecuador to scrap its investment treaties have dealt a heavy blow to secretly negotiated, corporate trade deals. The events have proved a major boost to social movements resisting these toxic deals in the UK and around the world, as part of a wider fight for trade justice and democracy. Growing opposition to ‘corporate courts’ The decisions have ... Read more

Newsletter: After Trump’s Climate Withdrawal

Newsletter: After Trump’s Climate Withdrawal
Trump Follows Previous US Presidents Who Have Undermined Climate Action: The Only Path to Climate Justice is People Power President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement follows the path of previous presidents who have undermined international climate agreements. We disagree with Trump but it is important to understand his actions in the context of the history of the United States regarding previous climate ... Read more

Making NAFTA Worse

Making NAFTA Worse
Above Photo: Flickr / Woody Wood Trump promised to negotiate the widely loathed trade deal, which would be great — except he’s giving corporations even more power to offshore jobs. Like rose blossoms, a politician’s promises can be beautiful when they burst into full, glorious bloom — only to fade over time and, petal by petal, fall away. Take Donald Trump’s glorious pledge last year to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal and provide a “much ... Read more

Shell Will Test Energy-Generating Kites This Summer

Shell Will Test Energy-Generating Kites This Summer
Above Photo: Kite Power Systems (KPS). Source: KPS Power from kite would work more often than wind turbines Start-up received funding from Shell, Schlumberger, EON Power-generating kites backed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Schlumberger Ltd. and EON SE will start tests in the U.K. this summer, with the aim of developing a technology that could eventually replace offshore wind turbines. Kite Power Systems, known as KPS, is working on a 17-meter ... Read more

G7 Leaders Blame US For Failure To Reach Climate Change Agreement

G7 Leaders Blame US For Failure To Reach Climate Change Agreement
Above Photo: Mr Trump has said he needs more to time to decide whether to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement Evan Vucci/AP ‘The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying.’ says German Chancellor Angela Merkel In an unusual admission, Group of Seven (G7) leaders have said in their final communique from a summit in Italy that they had failed to bridge differences over climate change with ... Read more

Reflections On A Visit To Cuba’s Urban Cooperatives

Reflections On A Visit To Cuba’s Urban Cooperatives
Above Photo: From geo.coop Note : Include a “New Economy” TAG — that will ensure the article also goes on the ItsOurEconomy.US page as well as its Facebook page. Let me start by summarizing why I wanted to go to Cuba now. My learning objectives were the following: It seemed important to me to visit Cuba before it is overrun with American tourists and global businesses entering its economy. I wanted to understand the impact of years of the ... Read more

Exxon & Chevron Face Shareholder Challenges On Climate Change

<div>Exxon & Chevron Face Shareholder Challenges On Climate Change</div>
Above Photo: Screenshot from YouTube Arjuna Capital and As You Sow Keep Pressure on Oil Giants to Return More Capital to Investors and Produce Roadmap for Transitioning to Low Carbon Economy DALLAS, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – ExxonMobil and Chevron will host simultaneous annual meetings on Wednesday, May 31 in Dallas and Midland, TX respectively, and face shareholders who want the oil giants to start dealing with the realities of life in a ... Read more