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.

Fracking Industry Still “Failing” on Transparency

A A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP/Pat Sullivan) WASHINGTON --- The oil and gas sector made little progress over the past year in publicizing more details about how companies are dealing with environmental,

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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.

Trafficking, Child Labor May Be Growing In Global Chocolate Industry

A young boy builds a small storage house in a cocoa producing village close to town of Oume, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP) WASHINGTON --- Almost two decades of advocacy work and multi-stakeholder discussions have resulted in nearly universal acknowledgement of the crushing labor and inequity

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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.

Natives, Irish Find Common Ground Through History Of Being Colonized, Oppressed

People display the flags of Ireland and Canada  while posing with the sign for the Gaeltacht Cheanada, in Ontario, Canada (Photo: Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada Face Book page) TAMWORTH, Ontario --- With their roots stretching back to a land oppressed by colonization, many Irish in North America are finding

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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.

Congress Approves Secret Giveaway Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Company

A copper mining head frame overlooking the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. (Photo Credit: Resolution Copper Mining) WASHINGTON --- The Senate on Friday approved a highly contentious, last-minute legislative provision that would force the federal government to allow for the creation of the continent’s largest copper mine in

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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?

30 Years After Bhopal Gas Leak, Momentum Builds Toward Accountability

WASHINGTON --- Three decades ago last week, in the middle of the night, the infamous U.S.-owned pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, started spraying toxic gas into the local community, killing more than 4,000 people almost immediately and directly impacting on hundreds of thousands to this day. At the time, the plant was owned by

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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?

With New Standards, Global Beef Industry Takes Contentious Step Toward Sustainability

WASHINGTON --- Last month, for the first time, a significant cross-section of the global beef industry agreed to a set of broad principles aimed at nudging the sector toward greater sustainability. Yet some prominent watchdog groups say the new criteria are overly broad, and worry they will allow products to be marketed as

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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.

Genetically Engineered Trees: An Environmental Savior Or A Dangerous Money-Making Scheme?

QUALLA BOUNDARY, N.C. --- Organizations against genetically engineered (GE) trees are working across four continents to call for an end to the scientific manipulation that they say damages the environment, infringes upon the rights of indigenous people, and has negative consequences for the health of people, flora and fauna. The

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