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Follow the money from key banks: Less financing for coal companies "mining mountains"

Environmentalists have opened a new front in their battle with fossil fuel companies. [Read More]

Kristof: "Who would have thought there would be an uplifting story from Syria?"

Now emerging -- appearing against the near-overwhelming tide of horrific news -- are stories of good people doing important work on behalf of their fellow human beings and society. [Read More]

In a bold initiative, Huffington's "What's Working" journalism will report on, encourage, positive social action

Can important "good news" offset traditional "if it bleeds it leads" news? Ariana Huffington says yes, indeed, and undertakes to prove it. [Read More]

Business, NGO, political titans tell companies to eschew "what is causing climate change?" and get on with addressing the risks of the potential economic fallout

It's called "Risky Business". [Read More]

Business In Society plans its second season of "Positive Business" reporting, opens to sponsorship-partnerships

One of the most powerful institutions on earth -- business -- is addressing the major social issues of the day with commitments to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. But where is such "Positive Business" being reported regularly with traditional journalism married with multi-media resources? [Read More]

"Make Forests Pay": Environmental experts flip the deforestation debate

Columbia University/City University of New York environmental experts are promoting the trading of measureable "carbon offsets" resulting from not clearing tropical forests. [Read More]

The best proof of CSR commitments is when they are sustained in "bad times"

It's complicated, but apparently in smaller companies in extractive industries size does matter when it comes to maintaining CSR commitments. [Read More]

Genetically modified crops may reduce farm waste, make food healthier

Can French fries be made "less unhealthy"? [Read More]

Cheap gasoline and crumbling infrastructure: Can there possibly be a better time for the long-promised bipartisan political leadership?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower -- who led us in defeating the Axis Powers and led the country during eight years of prosperity -- said that one of his proudest accomplishments was the construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [Read More]

Change.org marshals technology luminaries, millions of issue activists, to petition for wide spectrum of changes in society

Some 80 million people worldwide are reportedly using the Change.org site to demand significant change from governments and companies. [Read More]

Is CSR the leading edge of a more moral capitalism?

Is it naïve to think of CSR, sustainable development, socially responsible investment, cause-related marketing etc. as representing a new epic in the evolution of capitalism? [Read More]

In Virginia, emerging option on fracking controversy: Distinctions must be made

On Election Day, oil industry and fracking opponents reportedly split eight local races in California, Ohio and Texas. But now we may be seeing the emergence of how such polarization may be mitigated. It's called imposed compromise. [Read More]

Should corporate transparency extend to political donations?

Why do some companies refuse to make political donations; others make such contributions and disclose them; and still others -- most likely the greatest number -- make the contributions anonymously?? [Read More]

Powerful partnership promotes energy intelligence, innovation

"Energy is an issue that touches every person on the planet. That's why National Geographic in partnership with Shell* has launched the Great Energy Challenge." [Read More]

"Double-Bottom-Line" companies looking to make social impact get capital for launch, growth

Tesla, Solar City and Pandora Media are among companies benefiting from venture capital. [Read More]