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Construction Begins on Australia's Tallest Timber Tower 23.6.2017 Planet Ark News
Construction has begun on Impact Investment Group's 25 King development, set to become Australia's tallest cross-laminated timber building and one of the tallest in the world. The 10-storey, 45-metre building at Brisbane's Showgrounds, designed by Bates Smart, is being developed and built by Lendlease with completion expected in late 2018.
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A Bold Proposal To Unleash America’s Green Economy 22.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China completed construction on the world’s largest solar farm earlier this year. Shortly afterward, both China and India officially surpassed the United States to become the world leaders in renewable energy investment. This all happened before President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. For the sake of our planet’s future, it’s reassuring to know the rest of the world is going on without us in the fight against climate change. For the sake of our planet’s future, it’s reassuring to know the rest of the world is going on without us in the fight against climate change. For our economy, however, failing to compete globally in the rapidly growing clean-energy sector represents a self-inflicted wound. This precise concern is why major American businesses, including Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Google, Exxon, and GE, opposed the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. They know the growth of clean energy jobs, like wind and solar, is far outpacing fossil fuel jobs. ...
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Seattle investment group agrees to buy senior living chain 19.6.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Columbia Pacific Advisors, whose founder Dan Baty built the Emeritus assisted living chain, has reached a deal to acquire Hawthorn Retirement Group, which runs 55 senior communities and is building 24 more.
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A public-private recipe for sustainable urban development 19.6.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The private sector is eager to help address the challenges of rapid urbanization. Here's how the United Nations Global Compact is helping inspire collaboration with cities and community governments.
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Community Banking Is Alive, Well: The Three Myths About Dodd-Frank and Community Banks 17.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
This post is based off remarks given at a House of Representatives briefing on the 2007-08 Financial Crisis and the current state of financial reform. There is ample media coverage and anecdotal claims from the banking industry that Dodd-Frank is bad for community banks. It's politically challenging to counter this narrative because  nearly every county in the US has a community bank , and, in turn, every member of Congress has at least one community bank as a constituent. But, if you look at the best available data on the state of community banking, it becomes difficult to buy the story that Dodd-Frank hurts community banks. The data doesn't support the claim. To begin, let's set the record straight on the facts. Community bank profitability is up. The FDIC's most recent report showed community banks' net income rose  10.4 percent from last year.  Its  2016 quarterly profile  on FDIC-insured banks found community bank revenue and loan growth outpaced the industry at large. Since Dodd-Frank was passed in ...
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The Challenge of Defining Fossil Fuel Subsidies 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On the fringes of promises to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. This is an in-depth look at the ways fossil fuel subsidies are measured -- and why semantic arguments over definitions may be missing the point. (Image: LW / TO; Adapted: Jeff Franklin ; Damien Gadal ) Just over a year ago, the G7 group of nations pledged to end all "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" by 2025. This language disappeared from the latest annual G7 communique , signed in Sicily last month, while a similar G20 promise to end subsidies has no deadline. Meanwhile, on the fringes of such promises lies the perpetual discussion of what the concept of fossil fuel subsidies does -- or doesn't -- actually include. Attempts to add up the annual global total range from a few hundred billion through to the massive $5.3tn estimate published by the International Monetary Fund in 2015. Carbon Brief takes an in-depth look ...
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Macron woos tech world, pledges French 'startup nation' 15.6.2017 AP Business
PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron is shaking hands with robots and encouraging entrepreneurs as he unveils his strategy to transform the country from a land resting on the laurels of its past into a "startup nation."...
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The potholes in Trump's public-private infrastructure plan 14.6.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Trickle-down infrastructure isn't the path forward for sustainable development.
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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Targeted Deregulation of Community Banks 14.6.2017 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Senate Democrats are willing to pursue targeted changes for regulations affecting community banks and credit unions as Congress moves to review postcrisis financial regulations.
BMW gears up for electric buses with Proterra investment 13.6.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The North American company has sold at least 400 buses to Seattle, Dallas, Nashville and several dozen other U.S. cities.
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Administration signaling labor law changes 13.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has withdrawn two Obama administration legal opinions that expanded protection for workers. One opinion had directed Labor Department employees to use a broad definition of who is an employee versus who is a freelancer. The definition that Acosta appears to favor could allow companies to classify more workers as freelancers. Those workers would then not be subject to federal wage and hour regulations and laws. Many small businesses use freelancers, or independent... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Trump administration calls for scaling back post-crisis financial regulations 13.6.2017 Washington Post
Trump administration calls for scaling back post-crisis financial regulations
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Can urban forests cultivate sustainable healthcare? 12.6.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An unprecedented research project is correlating medical data about more than 4 million Kaiser Permanente subscribers with their proximity to trees and green spaces.
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While You Were Paying Attention To Comey, House Republicans Voted For Everything Big Banks Want 9.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― While much of the political world was watching the fallout from former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony Thursday, House Republicans were jamming through a bill that would largely gut the financial regulations in Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking legislation passed in 2010 after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But instead of quietly sneaking the legislation through, Republicans were loudly touting the bill ― which passed, 233-186, with all Democrats and one Republican (Walter Jones of North Carolina) voting no ― as a major victory. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spent most of the week pointing to the measure as a win for community banks, calling the so-called Financial CHOICE Act the “crown jewel” of a GOP effort to peel back regulations and bolster the economy. And Republicans, largely looking for something to discuss instead of Comey or Trump or any number of the other associated scandals, used the legislation as their preferred talking point of the week. “The ...
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The push Indian healthcare needs 8.6.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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Big firms join race for investors looking to make an impact 8.6.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you haven&apos;t heard of impact investing yet, just wait....
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A millennial's math on compensation 6.6.2017 GreenBiz.com
The idea that ‘doing good’ in this world won’t earn you money, while earning good money will require professional compromise, remains widely accepted in business. This assumption is nonsense.
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Police: 1 man cleared of involvement in torching of Everett ATM 6.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Police are still looking for the two men responsible for damaging an Everett bank and ATM last week. One man they had named previously has been interviewed and cleared of involvement.
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Fact-Checking Trump on Climate Finance 5.6.2017 WRI Stories
Fact-Checking Trump on Climate FinanceAdd Comment|PrintLushoto, Tanzania, a learning site of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. Photo by CCAFS/flickr When President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, he had plenty to say about international climate funding, much of which was simply inaccurate. Here’s a fact check of Trump’s June 1 Rose Garden remarks on climate finance. “Beyond the severe energy restrictions inflicted by the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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After the Paris exit, a call for citizen investors 5.6.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
We have the means to meet or exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement, and we don't need Washington's permission to do it.
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