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Zimbabwe’s Children Are The Battlefield In War To Contain HIV/AIDS January 20, 2015
Figures show that thousands of children in Zimbabwe are infected with HIV – presenting a major battlefield for government efforts to defeat the spread of HIV /AIDS nationwide.
Corporate Human Rights Ranking Seeks To Foster “Race to the Top”
“[A] clear benefit of the project is to spur companies to put in place such policies more quickly, because many won’t like to be found at the bottom of the rankings,” a founder of the initiative tells MintPress.
New Benchmarking Project Aims To Rate Companies’ “Chemical Footprint”
Major retailers, health insurers and sustainability groups are embracing a new initiative aimed at comparing companies’ policies for managing chemicals used in their products and supply chains, and whether they seek safer alternatives to dangerous substances.
Fracking Industry Still “Failing” on Transparency
Keen to protect their investments, individual and institutional shareholders are putting more pressure on fracking companies to publicly disclose the social and environmental risks they’re facing -- and what they’re doing to mitigate those risks.
Trafficking, Child Labor May Be Growing In Global Chocolate Industry
Labor advocates say failure to address the root causes of poverty among cocoa farming communities may be leading to both human trafficking and child labor along the chocolate industry’s supply chains.
Natives, Irish Find Common Ground Through History Of Being Colonized, Oppressed
Even with an ocean between them, people of Irish descent, Native Americans and First Nations find that they share a history of oppression, as well as a desire to reclaim their heritage by bringing their languages back to life and passing them down to future generations.
Congress Approves Secret Giveaway Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Company
Few dispute the potential economic impact of a proposed copper mining operation on sacred Arizona lands. At issue is whether, and how, economics trumps environmental and cultural concerns, and how democratic processes balance these issues.
30 Years After Bhopal Gas Leak, Momentum Builds Toward Accountability
Dow Chemical is effectively being shut out of the critical Indian market, due to new public anger and legal action around the Bhopal catastrophe. Will the potential impact on the company’s bottom line force it to accept responsibility?
With New Standards, Global Beef Industry Takes Contentious Step Toward Sustainability
Do new standards represent a genuine move towards boosting the sustainability of one of the world’s greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, or do they miss the mark by steering clear of specific standards and binding enforcement mechanisms?
Genetically Engineered Trees: An Environmental Savior Or A Dangerous Money-Making Scheme?
Genetic engineering can yield a range of consequences: It can repopulate an entire seaboard with native trees, or it can displace indigenous people and disrupt natural ecosystems.