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Overwhelming Public Support For Using Taxes To Fight Plastic Waste

“The British public has shown huge support for a Treasury appeal for suggestions in how the UK tax system could be used to fight the environmental scourge of plastics” writes Chris York for huffingtonpost.com. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has reiterated the department’s commitment to take action through the tax system to reduce the amount of single-use plastic as part of a wider effort across government departments.Measures which received noteworthy public support and are being considered include using the tax system to: Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “Surfers…

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In low-yield environment, litigation finance booms

“The litigation finance market size is now $50 billion to $100 billion, she said, basing it on billings of the largest law firms” writes Brian Baker for marketwatch.com. BRFRY, -0.43%   is a publicly traded litigation finance company that was founded in 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession.IMF, +1.48%  , the other public litigation finance company which reported a return on equity of 7.6% in its 2017 fiscal year.The Chamber’s concern stems from the fact that it doesn’t like litigation in general, said Anthony Sebok, a professor at…

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US retailers: Trump’s ‘tariff environment is manageable’ so far

“I would say, at this point, that the tariff environment is manageable — and given our sales and our size and scale, it’s even that much more manageable,” said Chief Executive Officer Craig Menear” reports washingtonexaminer.com. U.S. retailers specializing in home appliances, luxury apparel and auto parts say tariffs imposed by President Trump in widening international trade disputes haven’t hurt their earnings much so far.Inventory costs rose just 3.5 percent to $1.32 billion, the Roanoke, Va.-based company said, and profit surged to $117.8 million.Tapestry’s net income in the period totaled…

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The activists risking their lives to defend the environment

“This is particularly true of the battle for the global environment, which often goes unreported because it takes place in remote regions that are expensive or dangerous to reach” writes Jonathan Watts for theguardian.com. As Mbuthuma said: “I thank God each morning that I am still alive.” None of them set out to be activists, let alone pin-ups for the environment. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Trump’s environmental policy is mainly about owning the libs, and that’s better news for the environment than you might think

“Whatever that would have meant for Trump’s substantive record on environmental deregulation, he was asking the president to give up a juicy opportunity to appear to deregulate” writes Josh Barro for businessinsider.com. His successor, acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, shares his skepticism of environmental regulation, especially regulation related to fossil fuels and climate change.For conservatives who hoped the rise of Wheeler would mean a more substantive deregulatory agenda on the environment, this is bad news. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Iranian ranger lost his life in pursuit of poachers

“Some 120 rangers have gotten killed while protecting the environment sine 1979 in Iran” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN – Iranian ranger, Mehdi Ahmadi Nik, while killed tracking poachers on Friday in Oal’eh Ganj county, in Kerman province, an official with the Department of Environmental (DOE) has said. “A report on illegal hunting has been announced to the Qa’leh Ganj department of environment on Friday early morning,” ISNA quoted Jamshid Mohabat Khani as saying on Saturday. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Here’s the most fundamental way the global investing environment is changing, in one chart

“SCHW, +0.88% the number of central banks raising interest rates is at its highest level since 2011” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. The bond-buying program further pushed down interest rates, making stocks look more attractive than fixed income.The Fed has been steadily increasing rates, including at its June meeting, where the benchmark federal-funds rate was lifted to a range of 1.75% to 2%.However, the most pivotal developments for the investing environment could come from central banks.This trend is perhaps best embodied by the Federal Reserve, which is the most high-profile…

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Progress report: Making Broward County schools safer | Opinion

“Every parent with a child in a Broward County public school, and every school employee, deserves a safe and secure learning environment” writes Robert W for sun-sentinel.com. Providing students and staff with the safest learning environment possible requires a culture of continuous improvement.We will always be redoubling our efforts to create a positive school environment that protects all students and adults from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and assault. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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These are the foods neurologists eat for brain health

“We asked three neurologists to explain the foods that they eat and the foods that they recommend for maintaining optimal brain health” writes Holly Van Hare for sun-sentinel.com. “Despite that, the National Academy of Sciences came out with consensus recommendations on how to promote brain health – and diet did not make the cut.”. That being said, there’s a lot more than food to consider when you’re thinking about brain health.”The fact is, food and brain health is a widely discussed topic with a lot of different schools of thought,”…

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