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  • Charleston, SC, USA
    2020 C.E. September 10

    Charleston sues 24 fossil fuel companies for costs of surviving climate change

    As Charleston approaches Friday’s third anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s extreme surge and flooding that devastated the city, officials today filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the costs of adapting to the harmful impacts of climate change.


  • Khartoum at night
    2020 C.E. September 9

    Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion and state

    “For Sudan to become a democratic country where the rights of all citizens are enshrined, the constitution should be based on the principle of ‘separation of religion and state,’ in the absence of which the right to self-determination must be respected,” the document states.


  • Pregnant woman
    2020 C.E. September 9

    New AI algorithm predicts pregnancy complications

    Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have developed an algorithm capable of spotting signs of decidual vasculopathy in placenta tissue. The algorithm has correctly identified damaged vessels 94% of the time and healthy vessels 96% of the time.


  • Uber driver in a car
    2020 C.E. September 9

    Uber to go 50% electric in 7 European capitals by 2025

    The world’s largest mobility platform pledged to clean up its act in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris in response to the #TrueCostOfUber campaign, which urged it to ditch dirty vehicles and replace them with electric cars.


  • "Immigrants make America great" sign
    2020 C.E. September 8

    New Jersey enacts new law to help undocumented immigrants find jobs

    New Jersey has become the second state to lift restrictions that bar undocumented individuals from obtaining occupational and professional licenses, which are necessary to enter a large number of career fields.


  • Bottle spray with gloved hand
    2020 C.E.

    Unilever to invest €1bn in making its cleaning products fossil fuel-free

    A couple of months ago, Unilever announced a bold commitment to invest €1 billion over the next decade in projects that will help achieve net-zero emissions by 2039. The consumer goods giant is now planning to invest another €1 billion in eliminating fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030.


  • Hormel Foods store
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Hormel Foods to provide free college education to children of all its 16,000 employees

    Called “Inspired Pathways,” the program will begin in the fall of 2021. A spokesperson for Hormel Foods told GNN the company has 16,000 domestic employees and the program is open to any dependent child of those workers.


  • Pride flag
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Kansas commission adds LGBT nondiscrimination protections

    The commission that enforces Kansas’ nondiscrimination laws will begin hearing claims from people who allege they are being mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


  • Porto
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Portuguese youth activists sue 33 countries over climate crisis

    Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental well-being.


  • Buses
    2020 C.E. September 8

    BYD delivers first electric bus fleet to the Carribean

    BYD (Build Your Dreams) delivered the first electric bus fleet for public transport in the Caribbean. The Barbados Transport Board recently received 33 BYD battery-electric buses and two more of the 30-foot buses will be delivered by December.


  • Charleston, SC, USA
    2020 C.E. September 10

    Charleston sues 24 fossil fuel companies for costs of surviving climate change

    As Charleston approaches Friday’s third anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s extreme surge and flooding that devastated the city, officials today filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the costs of adapting to the harmful impacts of climate change.


  • Khartoum at night
    2020 C.E. September 9

    Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion and state

    “For Sudan to become a democratic country where the rights of all citizens are enshrined, the constitution should be based on the principle of ‘separation of religion and state,’ in the absence of which the right to self-determination must be respected,” the document states.


  • Pregnant woman
    2020 C.E. September 9

    New AI algorithm predicts pregnancy complications

    Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have developed an algorithm capable of spotting signs of decidual vasculopathy in placenta tissue. The algorithm has correctly identified damaged vessels 94% of the time and healthy vessels 96% of the time.


  • Uber driver in a car
    2020 C.E. September 9

    Uber to go 50% electric in 7 European capitals by 2025

    The world’s largest mobility platform pledged to clean up its act in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris in response to the #TrueCostOfUber campaign, which urged it to ditch dirty vehicles and replace them with electric cars.


  • "Immigrants make America great" sign
    2020 C.E. September 8

    New Jersey enacts new law to help undocumented immigrants find jobs

    New Jersey has become the second state to lift restrictions that bar undocumented individuals from obtaining occupational and professional licenses, which are necessary to enter a large number of career fields.


  • Bottle spray with gloved hand
    2020 C.E.

    Unilever to invest €1bn in making its cleaning products fossil fuel-free

    A couple of months ago, Unilever announced a bold commitment to invest €1 billion over the next decade in projects that will help achieve net-zero emissions by 2039. The consumer goods giant is now planning to invest another €1 billion in eliminating fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030.


  • Hormel Foods store
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Hormel Foods to provide free college education to children of all its 16,000 employees

    Called “Inspired Pathways,” the program will begin in the fall of 2021. A spokesperson for Hormel Foods told GNN the company has 16,000 domestic employees and the program is open to any dependent child of those workers.


  • Pride flag
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Kansas commission adds LGBT nondiscrimination protections

    The commission that enforces Kansas’ nondiscrimination laws will begin hearing claims from people who allege they are being mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


  • Porto
    2020 C.E. September 8

    Portuguese youth activists sue 33 countries over climate crisis

    Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental well-being.


  • Buses
    2020 C.E. September 8

    BYD delivers first electric bus fleet to the Carribean

    BYD (Build Your Dreams) delivered the first electric bus fleet for public transport in the Caribbean. The Barbados Transport Board recently received 33 BYD battery-electric buses and two more of the 30-foot buses will be delivered by December.



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