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Counterfeit shoes on display (Ian Law/Shutterstock)

Nice kicks. But what if they were made by a slave?

If you’re interested in buying a designer handbag for a fraction of the price, you’re not alone. But the hidden costs of counterfeit goods are staggering.
Pile of trash, discarded metal and furniture (© renemarie/Shutterstock)

This unwanted stuff could have a second life

The U.S. Materials Marketplace is a new way to speed up adoption of a circular economy — where less is wasted and the environment is spared..
Baby orangutan wrapped in blanket, with arms outstretched (© AP Images)

New trade deal is big — especially for him

The most progressive trade deal in history, TPP includes commitments to expand conservation and environmental protection across the Asia-Pacific region.

What does a new trade deal have to do with this...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will put in place standards that combat wildlife trafficking, as well as overfishing, in countries that sign on.

Do you know the world’s most trafficked mammal?

Although not well-known, all eight species of pangolins are threatened by wildlife traffickers who falsely sell the animals' scales as medicine.

The original social network: How global diasporas can mean big business

In trade, trust is essential between buyers and sellers. How can distant strangers begin to build that trust? Diaspora communities can be the bridge.

U.S. and other Pacific Rim countries reach ‘very big deal’

In a landmark agreement, countries accounting for nearly half of the world's economy have committed to cut trade barriers and set common standards.

U.S.-China talks focus on climate change, economic cooperation

President Obama hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Washington in September, where they discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Obama’s remarks at joint press conference with President Xi

The United States welcomes the rise of a China that is peaceful, stable and prosperous, and a responsible player in global affairs, President Obama says.