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How Las Vegas became a leader in water conservation despite its culture of excess

Tourists flock to Las Vegas every year for the bright lights, buffets, and the buzz of rolling the dice and spinning the roulette wheel.

Many tourists also do two other things: Watch the lavish fountain outside the Bellagio hotel and ride a gondola in The Venetian’s canal. Each year, the Bellagio fountain uses 12 million gallons of water a year, the equivalent of about 706,000 eight-minute showers. And it would take a regular garden hose 65 days to fill the water capacity of The Venetian’s cana

Why you’re about to see more CFOs in charge of corporate sustainability goals

For more than a decade, the biggest companies in the world, from Coca-Cola to AT&T , have had chief sustainability officers on staff. Part of the CSOs’ job has included running various pilot programs—whether producing a few thousand gallons of sustainable aviation fuel or replacing 20 trucks in a city with cargo bikes.

Now, businesses want to scale and speed up these innovations, realizing that integrating ESG (environmental, social, and governance issues) into everyday practices has proven to

Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature turn their ‘anti-woke’ agenda on lab-grown meat

If anyone thought Ron DeSantis was only signing bills at record speed to appeal to Republican primary voters, they were likely mistaken. The Florida governor, back from a failed campaign, could be on a roll again now that the legislative session has ended in his state. Bills are stacking up on his desk concerning issues from homelessness to immigration to cell-based meat.

Florida’s Republican leadership has voted to kill cultivated meat, the burgeoning industry that grows animal cells in biorea

Why this hedge fund manager is spending $6 million to kill Washington’s landmark tax and climate bills

Thirteen years ago, hedge fund manager Brian Heywood fled California and the progressive politics he opposed. Where he took refuge—Washington—might seem like an odd choice, given it’s been 40 years since the state had a Republican governor.

Despite Washington’s blue leanings, he viewed the state as “libertarian-left,” which aligned with his own values and lifestyle. An Arizonan, and formerly a Mormon missionary, Heywood has a ranch reportedly named for a character in Atlas Shrugged. At the ranc

These companies help Palestinians land tech jobs. Here's how they're providing humanitarian support now

Reports from December suggested that 66% of Gazans’ employment had been lost. But even before the current conflict, Gaza had one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Two weeks before Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, 70% of young Gazan university graduates were unemployed. Palestinians have the talent and qualifications—including a labor force literacy rate of 98%—but lack the opportunities. Due to Israel’s ongoing occupation, and particularly, the 17-year blockade in Gaza, most a

Why Georgia’s Republican governor has become one of solar’s biggest boosters

In 1883, an American inventor designed the world’s first solar panel. In the 1950s, the U.S. formulated the first silicon solar cells, and in the decades following, it spent more on solar R&D than the rest of the world, and dominated the global solar market.

But today, America seriously lags on solar production. So much so that a new solar plant being built in Cartersville, Georgia will be the only one in the country to construct panels directly from raw materials.

Most solar parts are made ab

Why the global supply chain is about to get a whole lot worse

The disruption to the auto industry is just one example of shortages and delays being experienced across sectors due to two simultaneous crises—of climate change and geopolitics—that are affecting the transport of goods and will ultimately affect their cost. Two of the world’s most vital shipping routes are currently compromised. Since November, the Panama Canal has had to reduce crossings by 40% due to a severe drought. More recently, the Suez Canal—which usually accommodates 30% of global cont

Florida can't get enough of tax holidays. But they're not the magic bullet Ron DeSantis claims

It’s the second back-to-school tax holiday of the year—and one of six tax holidays taking place in Florida in 2024, the most of any state. In his budget plan for 2024-2025, Governor Ron DeSantis submitted four of them for renewal. While some cover essentials, others remove tax from discretionary purchases like concert tickets, pool inflatables, and hamster bedding. Such tax holidays are touted as saving Floridians cash (and likely sound appealing to consumers), but experts say they generally do

May is the new July; Norway is the new Italy: How extreme heat is changing tourism

Due to fly into Catania Airport, she and her husband arrived at Palermo instead, a three-hour car ride away, due to a fire at the original airport. Palermo was “a sea of suitcases” caused by multiple diverted flights, says Lanz, assistant dean at the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University. Once they got to Sicily, they dealt with temperatures of 115 degrees, coupled with siroccos—the hot, dry desert winds from North Africa that can reach hurricane speeds and cause wildfires, w

Amazon's Black Friday football was a hyper-consumerist rout

But it starts to skewer American holiday institutions. Why do we do our silly little holidays, it seems to ask, from the 4th of July to Valentine’s Day—just because we’re told they’re “tradition”? Why do we “feel the need to light things on fire every July?” the narrator asks. Or to “shell out a month’s rent in the name of love?” Well, he explains, because these “traditions connect us.” Duh! In case you feared this ad was a cutting cultural critique, don’t worry, it was quite the opposite. Amazo

Delta's chief sustainability officer is on a mission to use less fuel

Between 2% and 3% of the world’s carbon emissions come from aviation. If the industry were a country, it’d be the sixth-largest emitter. What’s more, it’s a “hard-to-abate” sector, meaning it’s innately difficult to decarbonize because the tech that’s necessary to make a real impact is both nascent and expensive.

Still, Delta Air Lines has committed to being net-zero by 2050. It aims to achieve that by making its current fleet as efficient as possible while integrating futuristic technologies t

More people are flying in private jets, and it’s ruining air travel for the rest of us

In the lounge, you’d have a free cup of coffee as you flipped through The Wall Street Journal. When you boarded the eight-seater plane—after someone carried on your luggage for you—you’d be personally greeted by the pilot, who’d run you through a flight briefing. Soon, after settling into the Swiss-crafted roomy interior, designed in partnership with BMW, you’d be at San Carlos Airport, just south of San Francisco. That experience stands in sharp contrast with today’s commercial flights: tiny tr

The future of U.S. train travel is here—and it’s not on Amtrak

These amenities felt like a dose of luxury after nine days of road travel in Florida in May, when I faced the typical traffic jams and torrential rain. So on my last day, after returning my rental, a simple train ride from Fort Lauderdale to Miami was a treat. Only a swift half hour trip, I was just getting settled into my snack tray and mimosa when it was already time to disembark. Passengers load a Brightline train to West Palm Beach at the Fort Lauderdale station. [Photo: Carline Jean/South F

How record temperatures are threatening Texas BBQ

Texas barbecue has always been a hot business. Workers spend hours by hot coals, metal, and fire, while customers wait in line outside, sometimes for hours, to taste tender meats with decadent sides. But the blazing Texas heat is getting hotter and longer, with little respite; this summer, temperatures hovered above 100 degrees for 45 days in a row. Austin’s top pitmasters say the heat is affecting their operations and causing their businesses to take a hit. They are actively working on ways to

Did the Inflation Reduction Act actually help lower inflation?

As the price of eggs, dairy, and gas shot up in 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022. With the backdrop of the highest inflation levels in four decades, the bill’s name appeared to describe pretty succinctly what it set out to do.

But it’s widely accepted that the IRA was first and foremost a climate resiliency package, comprising initiatives for clean energy, clean transport, and tax credits for consumers and businesses to invest in items like EVs, energy-efficient

How Florida became a hotbed for alternative education: Inside the move to help parents flee the 'woke ideology' of public schools

This story is part of an ongoing series about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ policies and how they impact the people in his state. For full coverage, click here .

LAKELAND, FLORIDA — In the foyer of the Medulla Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida, there were copies of My Pillow Guy CEO Mike Lindell’s memoir; raffle tickets for a baseball hat with the words “Ultra MAGA;” and a pile of Lifesaver mints accompanied by a sign telling people to refresh the bad taste in their mouths caused by the indo

Hillary Clinton: Extreme heat has a disastrous effect on women workers (exclusive)

In February, as India endured its highest temperatures since 1901, Hillary Clinton visited the country to see firsthand the heat’s impact on female workers. In Rajasthan’s salt flats, she met with women harvesting salt, laborious work that involves raking up the tops of the salt ponds in the scorching heat of the desert. The women were pushing their start times to 4 a.m. to avoid the highest temperatures of the day.

Yet, despite the record heat, future years are likely to be hotter still. “How

Inside the rise of Biblical responsible investing—or the Christian version of ESG

Biblical responsible investing—or BRI—grew out of the same idea, but emphasizes a very different set of principles. In these types of investments, companies are screened out for obvious vices—alcohol and tobacco businesses, for instance—but also for supporting issues like abortion and gay rights. Offenders include companies from AT&T and Boeing, to Disney, McDonald’s, and Walmart. According to Timothy Plan, a company that promotes this investment strategy, this moral filtering “brings honor and

Ron DeSantis wants to reshape Florida’s universities. It could lead to a massive ‘brain drain’

This story is part of an ongoing series about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ policies and how they impact the people in his state. For full coverage, click here .

GAINESVILLE — Having grown up in conservative West Virginia, Terry Harpold believes college is all about widening your horizons by experiencing different cultures and lifestyles. When Harpold, who’s an English professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, visited the Sarasota campus of New College last year with his daughter,

Florida’s property insurance is in crisis. And it’s not just about the hurricanes

ORLANDO — Floridians today are concerned with a multitude of issues ranging from education to immigration to abortion. But on the ground, there’s a comparatively mundane subject at the forefront of residents’ minds: property insurance. Basically, premiums are skyrocketing. “As people get their renewals, they’re cringing to open up the letter from the insurance company, because either there’s a ridiculous premium increase, or they’re being dropped,” says Anna Eskamani, a Democratic state legislat

Cara Delevingne sprays industrial wastewater on her face in her latest beauty campaign

For Cara Delevingne, who’s been the face of Chanel, Burberry, and YSL, beauty campaigns now come as second nature. At first glance, her newest campaign seems like a typical one. But the face mist she applies on herself isn’t so typical. It’s made from wastewater from an energy production facility.

That’s a byproduct of the green hydrogen produced by Vattenfall, a 114-year-old Swedish multinational energy company that is striving toward its goal of net-zero by 2040. The campaign aims to raise aw

Would you eat lab-grown peacock or crocodile? This company is betting on it

For Australian company Vow Food, the stunt was a showcase of what the emerging tech of the lab-grown meat industry could achieve. Producing unusual proteins has been at Vow’s core since its founding in 2019. It’s not concerned with chicken, beef, or pork; rather crocodile, alpaca, and water buffalo. Its aim is to offer some of these atypical meats to adventurous eaters, who it believes will pay a premium for experimental tasting experiences. And it’s confident that the strategy will allow them t

'It was a free-for-all': NYC restaurants hope the city will finally make outdoor dining permanent

During the pandemic, outdoor dining provided a lifeline for New York’s restaurants. But it’s unclear how long the current outdoor patios and temporary structures will be allowed to remain, as the City Council has stalled for more than a year over a permanent plan. Now, with the appointment of New York’s first public realm officer—a go-to figure for issues around public spaces—restaurants are hoping for some progress. But there’s a lot of bureaucracy that has to happen first. Three years after CO

Tiny cars are all the rage in European cities. Could they ever work in America?

While each is slightly distinct, they all refer to a miniature electric vehicle too small to be classified as a passenger car, but popular in European cities for their affordability, convenience, and lower carbon footprint. In the U.S., daintier vehicles are more golf cart-adjacent, moving at lower speeds and usually in suburban communities. But mixing them more broadly into urban transportation systems is challenging, due to safety concerns and the sprawling structure of many American cities. L
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A 'Chopped' Judge Reveals What Actually Happens on Set

WHAT DO YOU get when you mix shrimp, asparagus, a blueberry waffle, and a can of haggis? Or, donuts, coconuts, cocktail sauce, and cod milt (that is, the fish’s sperm sac)? For most of us, a bout of nausea—but to the judges of Food Network’s Chopped, something usually edible and sometimes delectable, prepared by some of the country’s best chefs.

That’s nothing new to fans of the show, on which chefs showcase their abilities to fashion a mishmash of bold and peculiar ingredients into restaurant-

This Founder Wants to Rebrand America and Give Every Citizen $1,000 a Month. Here's Why He Wants Your Vote

Best known as the founder of Venture for America, a New York City based non-profit that helps place recent grads at companies in economically depressed cities across the country, Yang is one of 23 Democratic candidates currently in the running to be the next U.S. president. Born in Schenectady, New York, he's the son of Taiwanese immigrants and has zero political experience. But the Columbia law school grad and serial entrepreneur thinks his ideas about how to make America great will be enough t

1,600 Guests, 1 Red Carpet, 5 Small Businesses: The Making of the Oscars After-Party

For businesses, landing in Oscar nominees' goodie bags has long been viewed as the marketing equivalent of winning the lottery. After all, the sales boon that can come from a single celebrity sighting with your product in tow can do much for a fledgling brand. For other businesses, however, the opportunity to fete Hollywood's royalty may well be more lucrative.

Intense preparation takes place to put on the awards ceremony, which is in its 91st year and will be held February 24 at the Dolby Thea

Inside the Convention to Stop School Shooters

ORLANDO—Ten miles from Disneyworld, the lobby of the Omni Orlando Resort was packed with restless kids sporting Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears, their exhausted parents in tow, drying off from splash-arounds in the outdoor pool and lazy river, or heading back inside after a round on the nine-hole pitch and putt.

But just a few escalator rides away, past the gift shops, there was no more fun for kids.

It was the site of last July’s National School Security Conference where education experts, law e

Some businesses want to change the law that saved grizzly bears and gray wolves

The humpback whale. The bald eagle. The American alligator. These thriving species were saved from extinction by the Endangered Species Act.

While few dispute its effectiveness in restoring endangered animal populations, some industries, including mining, logging and farming, say the law stymies business.

Now the Trump administration is moving to revamp it. One change would allow the government to consider economic factors, not just science, in deciding which species are protected.

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UPS doesn't air condition its trucks. This petition aims to change that

Nurse Theresa Klenk sees plenty of cases of heatstroke at the New Jersey hospital where she works.

But when her husband, a UPS driver, was admitted with symptoms incurred during a shift driving a brown delivery truck with no air conditioning, she decided to do something.

Klenk created a petition on change.org in July urging UPS to provide air conditioning in its trucks. It's been signed more than 210,000 times.

But UPS is not planning to equip its vehicles.

Dan McMackin, a UPS spokesperson,

"The Detroit of Asia": How Thailand became an auto industry hub

If you bought a vehicle in Southeast Asia or Australia -- especially a pickup -- there's a good chance it was built in Thailand.

Thailand has been a stronghold for automobile manufacturing for decades. It nicknamed itself "the Detroit of Asia," and the moniker stuck, with good reason. It's currently the 12th most industrious auto manufacturer in the world, and the largest in Southeast Asia.

Japanese makers like Toyota and Mitsubishi have had operations in Thailand since the 1960s. GM, Ford, Me

Gun Shop Owners Are Trying to Stop People From Killing Themselves

Today, especially following the school shooting in Parkland, there is possibly no more heated political debate in America than the one on guns, with any compromise between gun advocates and gun reform proponents seeming hopeless. But with the focus on homicides, it’s rarely mentioned that two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. There’s a Today, especially following the school shooting in Parkland, there is possibly no more heated political debate in America than the one on guns, with any compromi

54 will compete in the National Geographic Bee finals. Just 4 are girls.

When Gayatri Kaimal, a seventh-grader from Tucson, Arizona, competes in the National Geographic Bee finals this weekend, she’ll be one of the only four girls on stage.

Fifty-four geography-loving fourth-to-eighth-graders have earned a spot in the televised, rapid-fire contest — winners of local competitions from each U.S. state and territory — but just four of them are girls. The gender gap has persisted since the competition started in 1989; of the 29 winners, only two have been girls.


The One Where I Counted the Jokes in Popular Sitcoms

Armed with a couch, TV, Netflix subscription, extra-large bag of popcorn, and a worrying amount time on my hands, I recently decided to take a deep look into the structure of various television comedies. The project essentially consisted of sitting around and binging on numerous shows, all under the guise of “work”. My objective was to take a handful of primetime TV comedies and compare them in terms of jokes per minute—the total number of jokes divided by the number of minutes in the show.