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U.S. foundations are spending more and more on international aid

The majority of the $9.3 billion over the last five years has gone to global health–while climate change fixes are getting short-changed.<p>The country’s largest foundations are contributing more money than ever toward international aid work. In 2015, the number totaled $9.3 billion, up 29% from five …

Human Rights

Facebook says it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on Thursday.<p>The acknowledgement came a day after …

Social Media

Research: To Get People to Embrace Change, Emphasize What Will Stay the Same

Common wisdom in management science and practice has it that to build support for a change project, visionary leadership is needed to outline what is wrong with the current situation. By explaining how the envisioned change will result in a better and more appealing future, leaders can overcome …

Management

Has surfing learned anything about drug abuse since Andy Irons' death? | Jake Dean

“I remember finding him on the mattress, barely alive,” recalls Lyndie Irons, wife of the late three-time surfing world champion Andy, pain etched on her face. “I’d go to Foodland and act like everything was fine and I had a dying heroin husband at home.”<p>Harrowing scenes like this spill from Andy …

Surfing

Pediatricians Warn Against Plastic Numbers 3, 6, 7

The next time you use a plastic container or bottle, you might want to look at the little number inside the triangle recycling symbol.<p>In a report …

Pollution

Why Starbucks’s plastic straw ban might not help the environment

Getting rid of straws is a step toward ending plastic waste–but if it just involves replacing them with hard-to-recycle plastic lids, it may not do much good at all.<p>When Starbucks starts serving cold drinks with a sippy-cup-like lid instead of plastic straws–a lid that it currently only uses with …

Pollution

In Silicon Valley, 59% of tech workers can’t afford homes

In Silicon Valley, home prices are out of control and are unaffordable even for tech workers, according to a survey by Team Blind, which operates an anonymous online community for workplaces. The survey found that 59 percent of tech workers — including many at 13 major tech companies — said they …

Silicon Valley

14 Incredible Swimming Holes in Northern California

There are so many great rivers, lakes, and ponds to escape to in Northern California, but these hidden gems stand out beyond the rest.<p>Jump from …

Hiking

Laos dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded

Hundreds of people are missing after a hydroelectric dam collapsed in southern Laos, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an unknown number of dead.<p>Five billion cubic metres of water – the equivalent of 2m Olympic swimming pools – swept through the surrounding countryside after the accident at …

Hydroelectric Power

The 'Overparenting' Crisis In School And At Home

<i>A version of this interview ran in 2015.</i><p>Have you ever paid your kid for good grades? Have you driven to school to drop off a forgotten assignment? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?<p>These examples are drawn from two bestselling books —</i> …

Parenting

Trouble for bubble tea shops as San Francisco bans plastic straws

As the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on an ordinance banning plastic straws, hundreds of small-business owners could be impacted by one problem: bubble tea.<p>You can drink a cocktail without a straw. You can drink a 32-ounce cola without a straw. But ferrying huge tapioca pearls …

San Francisco

The human side of Southeast Asia’s criminal underbelly exposed in non-fiction page-turner Hello, Shadowlands | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

<b>Hello, Shadowlands</b> <i><br>by Patrick Winn</i><br>Icon<p>★★★★★<p>Non-fiction books about organised crime have a particularly loyal band of readers. With a few exceptions …

Asia

Google Spent a Decade Researching What Makes a Great Boss. They Came Up With These 10 Things

Google's spent the last 10 years studying the habits of effective managers. You can learn a lot from their conclusions.<p><i>"People leave managers, not companies."</i><p>We've all heard it. Many of us have experienced it. But what makes people want to leave a manager in the first place? And if you happen to …

Emotional Intelligence

Marrying design and systems thinking

Considering the social challenges we face, while innovating in new ways to meet the human needs of the future.<p><b>By Rowan Conway, Jeff Masters and Jake</b> …

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Back in early June, a small pilot whale gained global attention after it ingested plastic bags and packaging, and then died in southern Thailand. It …

A $75 million attempt to end indoor air pollution ended up siding with fossil fuels

Each year, more than 4 million people die prematurely from air pollution inside their own homes because they burn wood in inefficient cookstoves.<p>In 2010, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves—promoted by the likes of Hilary Clinton—was formed to combat this problem. A new investigation by …

Pollution

Apple launches $300 million green energy fund in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China, the firm said in a statement on Friday, working with its suppliers to invest in renewable energy projects that could power close to 1 million homes in the country.<p>China's government has made cutting …

The Sustainable Development Goals are slipping out of reach

The world isn’t making progress on the UN’s 17 benchmarks for a more just and environmentally sound society–and the U.S. has abdicated leadership.<p>You very likely do not need a comprehensive data set to tell you that by the measures of social fairness and sustainability, the world is not doing very …

The man who paves India's roads with old plastic

At 73, Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan is roughly as old as the mass production of plastic. But that is not the reason why the chemistry professor has a soft spot for the much-maligned material.<p>“Plastic isn’t the problem,” the venerable scientist says in his office in the southern Indian city of Madurai. …

Pollution

Rethinking Sustainability in Light of the EU’s New Circular Economy Policy

With the EU’s passage of the Circular Economy Package in April, many European companies are now facing mandates to reuse the products they create for as long as possible. The EU is not alone in seeking ways to convince firms to recycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports companies in developing …

The Dark Side of the Silicon Gold Rush

Acclaimed urban geographer Richard Walker puts the Bay Area’s tech boom into historical and social context in his new book.<p><i>Pictures of a Gone City</i> is the culmination of the life’s work of Richard A. Walker, a professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. A student of …

What Do People Want When They Give To Nonprofits?

A new survey of people who have given to nonprofits in the last year exposes what organizations are doing well–and badly–in retaining donors.<p>In June 2017, the New York Yankee’s New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund got called out for not really benefiting those it was set up to serve. The …

Hong Kong Star Ferry

In March this year, the Hong Kong government renewed the company’s franchise rights, allowing it to continue operating for another 15 years. But the …

Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities | Sommet du G7 – G7 Summit

Recognizing the need for action in line with previous G7 commitments and the 2030 Agenda, which sets a global framework for sustainable development, …

Southeast Asia's plastic 'addiction' blights world's oceans

BANGKOK (Reuters) - On her lunch break, Bangkok office worker Chinapa Payakha emerges from a 7-Eleven store with two plastic bags.<p>One holds a Big Gulp soft drink. The other carries her lunch, with a banana in its own plastic wrapper.<p>"For office life, plastic bags are necessary," said Chinapa, 34, …

Pollution

Here’s a t-shirt you could wear everywhere in East Asia without upsetting anyone

Last week, US clothing retailer Gap apologized for printing a t-shirt that didn’t include China’s claimed territories, including Taiwan, South Tibet, and islands in the South China Sea. In doing so, it joined Marriott and Delta, which had previously triggered Beijing’s ire for maps-related issues. …

China

The reporter who exposed Theranos tells investors how to spot another Elizabeth Holmes

After years of unquestioning praise, Theranos was exposed due to WSJ reporter Carreyrou’s dogged reporting. His new book, Bad Blood, tells the full story.<p>The Theranos story got everyone’s attention because it involved all the ingredients for a classic drama—hubris, greed, big personalities, and …

How Netflix Redesigned Board Meetings

The board of directors of a public company has a long list of oversight responsibilities, but it is not always the case that directors receive the information they need to make fully informed decisions on key matters, such as strategy, succession, and performance monitoring. We recently studied a …

Thousand years of Tibetan masterpieces revealed for first time

Writer and photographer Thomas Laird’s 10-year project records crumbling Buddhist murals before they are lost<p>They are some of the greatest treasures of Tibetan Buddhist culture: ancient murals showing the life of the Buddha and the secrets of meditation. Many are hidden in remote monasteries or …

Murals

Foreign students continue to turn away from US universities

Last year wasn’t a fluke. The US has lost its appeal to international students.<p>The US issued visas to less than 400,000 international students in fiscal year 2017. That’s a 17% decline from 2016, and a 40% drop from 2015.<p>The decline in student visas issued makes it seem like there’s a dramatic …

Higher Education