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).

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EPA Renews Focus on Public Health

EPA head Gina McCarthy is now calling for the agency to take another step that is sure to drive many Republicans insane: She wants the EPA to take more of a leading role on public health.

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Solar Shocker: SunEdison Files for Bankruptcy

SunEdison filed for bankruptcy protection in New York yesterday. While some depicted the company’s foibles as a symptom of bigger issues in the solar sector, experts say it was reckless ambition that led to its quick demise.

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Why Do We Still Bother with the Penny?

It makes little economic sense to mint pennies, but they are still accumulating in our mason jars, old ashtrays and between sofa cushions. Why? As in many scenarios, the buck seems to stop with Washington lobbyists.

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Unilever Pushes ‘Rethink Recycling’ Campaign to the Bathroom

Apparently many of us are still too lazy to carry those empty bottles from the bathroom to the kitchen recycling bin. So, Unilever is inviting customers to share their washroom recycling habits — and share ideas what to make out of all that plastic.

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OPEC Talks in Doha Fail to Freeze Oil Production

Oil ministers from OPEC countries met in Doha, Qatar, to see if they could all find a way to freeze production in order to bring price stability. But those talks ended in acrimony and with no agreement on prices.

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USAID: Renewables Are a Way to End Poverty in India

USAID is trying a different foreign aid approach worldwide, including in India. Last week the agency awarded $5 million in grants through its Development Innovation Ventures Program. Two of these awardees are piggybacking on other efforts to expand energy access in India by investing in clean-energy technology startups.

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China, U.S. to Sign Historic Climate Agreement on Friday

One of the biggest steps post-COP21 will happen this Friday, April 22, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, where representatives from both China and the U.S. will sign the Paris agreement at an official ceremony.

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Mars To Distinguish ‘Everyday’ and ‘Occasional’ Foods

Privately-owned food giant Mars is raising the bar with a bold, yet potentially slippery, new approach toward food labeling. What stands out most is the company’s drive to label “everyday” versus “occasional” foods.

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Sustainability is About Saving Sport, Says Adidas

Athletic apparel giant Adidas announced that it is retooling its sustainability strategy in order to ensure that sporting activities will long endure. “Sport Needs a Space” is the company’s new mantra.