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Reparations are essential to eliminating the substantial wealth gap between black and white Americans

Four hundred years ago, America’s first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. Centuries later, black Americans have managed to accumulate some wealth, but it still pales in comparison to that of whites. This racial wealth gap is a result not only of the horrors of slavery but also policies – such as Jim Crow laws, redlining and modern-day mass incarceration – that followed.

Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment

InterContinental Hotels Group will replace mini-shampoos and conditioners with possibly more efficient bulk products by the year 2021. Marriott Hotels recently followed suit, vowing to ban miniature toiletries by next year.

Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession – here’s why

The world is on the brink of a recession, if all the breathless headlines are to be believed. So why are U.S. stocks near all-time highs?

Companies don’t need permission from the Business Roundtable to be better corporate citizens

A business group that represents the CEOs of America’s most powerful companies recently issued a statement that may sound like a roar.

Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight

Recently Qantas announced plans to conduct test flights from New York and London to Sydney and two other Australian cities.

Why companies file for bankruptcy – and how it protects both debtors and creditors

Reports have emerged that Purdue Pharma is in settlement talks to resolve thousands of federal and state lawsuits over its role in fueling the opioid epidemic. As part of the reported settlement, the company would file for bankruptcy.

Curious Kids: Why is money green?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected]

Damage estimates for hurricanes like Dorian don’t capture the full cost of climate change-fueled disasters

Scientists say climate change is causing powerful hurricanes like Dorian to increasingly stall over coastal areas, which leads to heavy flooding. Officials in the Bahamas feared “unprecedented” devastation after Dorian hovered over the islands for two days, pummeling it with rain.