News for the Week (12/21/2018)

United States Ends Ban On Industrial Hemp Farming

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp farming is now legal in the United States for the first time since 1970. Hemp, which does not contain psychoactive compounds, has numerous uses including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, food, medicine, renewable energy and more. (Link) (Link)

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Over 1,000 Institutions Pledge to Withdraw From Fossil Fuels

As climate talks take place in Poland, a milestone achievement has been reached in which 1,000 institutions have pledged to divest from fossil fuels. The sum total withdrawn by governments, universities, banks and other organizations is approaching $8 trillion. (Link)

Saudi Arabia Now Allows the Teaching of Philosophy

Secondary schools in Saudi Arabia will begin teaching philosophy in classrooms. A decades long ban on teaching philosophy has been lifted and 200 teachers will be trained on the topic. (Link)

Image Credit: Middle East Monitor

More Companies Are Shifting to a 4 Day Work Week

Companies around the world are trying out a 4 day work week instead of the typical 5 day work week. Many companies are finding that employees are more productive, have more motivation, and have less burnout. (Link)

Image Credit: Reuters

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4 thoughts on “News for the Week (12/21/2018)”

  1. The 4 day work week would be nice. I also would like 4 or 5 hour work days. I feel I can do quality work for up to 4 hours a day.


    1. I feel like a 4 day work week would be much better for work/life balance even if it meant working longer and/or harder on your working days.


  2. A third weekend day would allow for more social engagements or more downtime to prepare for the next work week and take care of your non-work related affairs.


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