Investing in the homeless

St Mungo’s and Changing Lives, charities that provide specialist support services for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK, are the first organizations to receive investment from Big Issue Invest’s Outcomes Investment Fund. Outcomes-based contracts are a type of public sector commissioning where a central or local government department commissions a provider to deliver support… Lire la suite Investing in the homeless

Vi Lyles: First African-American woman to be elected as mayor in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The city of Charlotte is beginning the year with new leadership. Vi Lyles won the mayoral race in November, becoming the first black woman ever elected to the position. Lyles has dedicated her life to the city, and as Charlotte’s new mayor, she now has a chance to lead the city through a… Lire la suite Vi Lyles: First African-American woman to be elected as mayor in North Carolina

Iceland January 1, it’s now illegal to pay male more than women for the same job

On January 1, Iceland implemented a new law that makes it illegal for companies to pay male employees more than women for doing the same job. As a result, Iceland is now the first country in the world to ensure equal pay between men and women. the new legislation mandates that any company or government agency with 25… Lire la suite Iceland January 1, it’s now illegal to pay male more than women for the same job

Cape Town’s new buses will be all-electric come 2025

Cape Town, along with 11 other major world cities, has vowed to shirk purchasing fossil fuel-powered buses in favour of electric models for its inner city transport networks by 2025. The cities, which include Auckland, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan and Seattle, signed the agreement which is an extension… Lire la suite Cape Town’s new buses will be all-electric come 2025

A new community land trust has been created to help low-income residents buy houses

New Yorkers are coming up with innovative ways to help solve the housing crisis, that has been going on for years,through community land trusts (CLT). A $1 milion donation from Citi Community Development has helped to start New York City’s first CLT, Interboro CLT.The project will start with developing 250 affordables units, with plans to… Lire la suite A new community land trust has been created to help low-income residents buy houses

Canada becomes the tenth country to introduce gender neutral passports

Canadians can now identify as gender neutral on passports after a third gender ‘X’ option was introduced to the application process on 31 August. The Canadian government says it hopes the measure will give people freedom to express their gender identity and help ease travel complications for those who identify as neither male or female.… Lire la suite Canada becomes the tenth country to introduce gender neutral passports

Exxon joins other companies by backing carbon tax proposal

Exxon Mobil announced in late June that they support the carbon tax proposal made by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). Billed by the groups as a “conservative climate solution,” the CLC has conceived a plan that they say will fight climate change by taxing greenhouse gas emissions and paying the money back to taxpayers as… Lire la suite Exxon joins other companies by backing carbon tax proposal

The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

The “youthquake” was a key component of Corbyn’s 10-point advance in Labour’s share of the vote  exceeding even Blair’s nine-point gain in his first 1997 landslide. No official data exists for the scale of the youth vote but an NME-led exit poll suggests turnout among under-35s rose by 12 points compared with 2015, to 56%.… Lire la suite The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

Between July 2016 and July 2017, Australia generated enough energy from renewable sources to provide electricity to 7.1 million homes, roughly 70 percent of the country’s total households, according to a newly released report produced by Green Energy Markets. The Australian Renewable Energy Index is a country-wide report that analyzes the impact of renewables on the nation’s overall… Lire la suite Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days

There’s been a lot of scepticism about whether renewable energy can produce all our future energy needs. So last week, a Chinese province went out of their way to show it was possible for the entire region to run solely on green energy. And it seems they did just that. For seven continuous days, over… Lire la suite An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days