Based in Fresno, California, Leon Kaye is a business writer and strategic communications specialist. He has also been featured in The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. When he has time, he shares his thoughts on his own site, GreenGoPost.com. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost).

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, carbonated beverages, sugar, obesity, public health, Berkeley, soda tax, Leon Kaye, beverage companies

Study Suggests First Soda Tax in U.S. Is Working

According to the American Journal of Pediatric Health, consumption of sugary drinks in the Bay Area city of 117,000 decreased by 21 percent since the city implemented its soda tax in March 2015.

Uber, ridesharing, sharing economy, courts, labor, Leon Kaye, California, Massachusetts

Judge Rejects Uber Class Action Settlement

A judge has rejected a $100 million settlement between Uber and drivers in California and Massachusetts, keeping their employment status in legal limbo.

Lamar Smith, ExxonMobil, 350.org, Greenpeace, fossil fuels, climate chance, climate deniers, climate science, congress, Leon Kaye, Union of Concerned Scientists

Congressional Climate Witch Hunt Reaches an Impasse

350.org’s outside counsel requested a meeting with the Congressional Science Committee last month to discuss Lamar Smith’s subpoenas and issues related to climate change science. According to 350.org, however, its request to meet Smith and the committee has been denied.

Avocados, Mexico, Chile, Peru, deforestation, Greenpeace, Leon Kaye, farming

Surge in Demand for Avocados Fuels Deforestation in Mexico

The growing demand for avocados has led produce brokers and retailers to look beyond California as a place to cultivate this savory and creamy fruit. It’s reportedly leading to pine forest eradication in Mexico.

Honest Company, personal care, consumer packaged goods, CPG, Jessica Alba, beauty products, cosmetics, Leon Kaye, supply chain, transparency

Lawsuits Over Dubious Ingredients Hammer Honest Company’s Reputation

More consumers claim some Honest Co. products do not work as well or are not as natural as the company claims. The result is a long string of class-action lawsuits that were consolidated this week. The litigation creates a huge headache for the company as it is rumored to be inching toward going public.