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Can The Affordable Care Act Cut Health Costs? - Health Minute for August 22, 2013

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It’s no accident that the Affordable Care Act includes the term “affordable” instead of “accessible,” the other major feature of the comprehensive health policy. Better access to preventive health care would seem to follow from affordability. It was the cost of health care that inspired the new policy in the first place. U.S. health care costs total over 17 percent of our GDP, compared to 11 percent for Canada, and 9 percent for the 34 countries of the OECD. But a closer look at the economics of health care reveals a more complex picture.

FDA Proposes New Rules to Guarantee Safety of Imported Food - Health Minute for August 8, 2013

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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules to confirm the safety of imported foods, some of which have caused disease outbreaks in the U.S. The rules are the activating regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which requires importers to meet the same food-purity standards required of U.S. farms and food-processing plants. Without the new rules, no regulations have been in place to enforce the law. Since the Act was passed in 2011 but without rules, there have been eight disease outbreaks linked to imported foods.

Canadian College Students Make Sustainability a Priority, Changing Institutional Policy - CSR Minute for July 26, 2013

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A new generation of Canadian college students is integrating sustainability into daily student life. In the process, they are influencing official policy. At McGill University, a student-run agriculture program produces local vegetables for student dining halls and a Meals on Wheels program. At the University of Toronto, students focus on behavioral changes to save energy, such as turning off the lights when they leave a room.

Health Correlation Between Partners Raises Policy Questions

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In the current, ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, a 2002 study that revealed a major implication for U.S. health care policy has resurfaced. Its conclusion? That partners, people in relationships, tend to be either both healthy or both sick. That’s according to researchers at Brigham Young University, who asked 4,700 couples over the age of 50: “if you are married, how do you rate your health relative to your partner’s?” They found that health status tended to correlate between partners.

Business Leaders Continue Call to Action on U.S. Climate Policy by Signing the Climate Declaration

The Weather Company, K2 Sports and Others Join More Than 600 Companies in Push for National Action on Climate Change
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BOSTON, July 10, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Two weeks after President Obama announced plans to address climate change in a major speech, large American businesses are continuing to express their support for U.S. policy action on climate change. Eight more leading businesses, including several multi-billion dollar enterprises, have signed the Climate Declaration, which calls on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.

350+ Small Businesses Sign Climate Declaration in Call for U.S. Climate Change Policy

Small Business Leaders Urge Federal Policymakers to Capture Economic Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change
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BOSTON, June 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – More than 350 American small businesses from 47 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Climate Declaration, a statement calling on U.S. policymakers to capture the American economic opportunities of addressing climate change.

Continued Efforts on Conflict Minerals

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With the advent of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements for “conflict minerals”—tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose trade often supports conflict and its attendant human rights abuses—GE’s long-standing efforts to mitigate this issue have moved into a new phase.

More Than 100 Ski Areas Sign Climate Declaration, Calling for U.S. Policy Action on Climate Change

Ski Resorts from 24 States Join 40 Other Large Businesses in Call for U.S. Policies That Capture Economic Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change
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BOSTON, May 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Today, 108 ski areas from around the United States joined with 40 other businesses, Ceres and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.

Investors Highlight Policies That Could Spur Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity in Energy Efficiency Investments

New Report from Investor Network on Climate Risk Identifies Policies That Can Bring Energy Efficiency Finance to Institutional Scale in U.S.
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BOSTON, May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Energy efficiency is estimated to be a multi-hundred-billion dollar investment opportunity in the United States, but better policies are required to unlock broad-based financing from institutional investors, who together manage approximately $70 trillion in assets globally.

China and Human Rights

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GE is a member company of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, or GBI, which is made up of 18 multinational companies, including Coca-Cola, Total, ABB, Shell, Flextronics, Novo Nordisk and HP. GBI’s purpose is to bring the discussion of businesses’ role in respecting human rights to “emerging market” countries and regions where human rights are under pressure. Recent GBI gatherings have taken place in Brazil, Egypt, Kenya and, most recently, China.

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