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Exporting Clothes, Importing Safety

Roads & Kingdoms

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Bangladesh, whose garment industry is second only to China’s in size, is responding to both international and domestic pressure and undergoing the most radical revamping of worker safety it has ever seen, in large part due to consumer and client pressure.

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Two years after Bangladesh factory collapse, a struggle to set things right

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In the aftermath of the Rana Plaza disaster, more than 200 clothing brands pledged to make their source factories compliant with international safety standards under two international agreements, using laws and rules to reform.

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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

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Eliminating sweatshops and child labor depends on regulation, not consumers' preferences, as supply chains have become so complex and obscure as to prevent simple labels from being valuable.

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Bangladesh volunteers learn to make a life-or-death difference in a disaster

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In the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladeshi civilians—often first on the scene of disasters in poorer countries–are being trained to support emergency teams.

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Two Years After Rana Plaza, Are Bangladesh's Workers Still at Risk?

The Nation

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After a major fire, labor standards in Bangladesh are improving, but workers must have a voice if these changes are to be sustainable.

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After the Wars, Common Ground in Oregon's Forests

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Summer in the Northwest presents great risk of wildfires. A pile burning operation, just one facet of the strategy that Oregon has enacted in conserving its forests, clears undergrowth to lessen the risk of megafire.

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The Low-Lying Country Where Drowning Is the No. 1 Killer of Kids

The Atlantic

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The biggest killer of children in Bangladesh is drowning, especially among low income families. The injury prevention center, CIPRB, has started swimming education programs and teaching young kids rescue techniques.

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How cities are searching for solutions among massive mounds of data

The Globe and Mail

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignored safety-code violations. Greater Toronto wants to expand upon New York City’s m...

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The Search for Land, Food, and Open Space on Silicon Valley's Coast

Cattle Drive

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Historically, open land conservationists and cattle ranchers in California were rivals but with new research, which praises controlled cattle grazing habits, cows are being welcomed back to open land grasslands, regenerating the habitat and agricultural economy.

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Seeing the forest through the trees?

The Pueblo Chieftain

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A new timber mill in Costilla County could majorly improve the forest health of the greater region by thinning undergrowth to reduce risk of wildfires, curbing the spread of invasive insects, and decreasing the demand for water in the face of drought. The mill could also create jobs and further e...

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