A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.

Massive Infrastructure Needs Require Creative Funding Approaches

Municipal bonds have helped pay for some our country’s most iconic projects, including the Erie Canal and the Golden Gate Bridge. Today they help pay for the full spectrum of critical infrastructure, from schools, roads, and airports to hospitals, water systems, and affordable housing. But while municipal bonds have helped animate the growth of the United States for the past 200 years, to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs for the next 200 years, new financing tools are required.

Support Grows for Republican Carbon Tax Plan

The idea of a revenue-neutral carbon tax, introduced by GOP elders earlier this year, is slowly but surely gaining more support across the political spectrum.

GMO Crop Yields Uncertain in Warming Climates According to New Research

The world’s population is expected to increase to just under 10 billion by 2050. Food production must be smart, efficient and sustainable say scientists, and new research suggest it’s agroecology, not genetic engineering, that has the best tools at hand for providing enough food for hungry populations.

Why “Workers’ Comp” Are Not Dirty Words: CSR and Workplace Injuries

In the business world, few phrases carry as much emotional baggage as “workers’ compensation.” Those who receive it, like most people who file personal injury claims, are often stereotyped as “lazy” or “greedy.” In an ongoing effort to detect fraud, many companies go to extensive lengths to scrutinize such claims. It’s enough to make an employee feel guilty for getting injured on the job. It doesn’t have to be this way.

West Virginia Wants a Handout for Big Coal

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice insists that as a safety measure, the federal government should give $4.5 billion in annual funding to power companies that continue to use coal. That would amount to a subsidy of $15 per ton of coal burned.

Commercial Influence at FCC: A Challenge to Free Speech

Conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group is lobbying the FCC and politicians to expand its power over U.S. audiences by buying Chicago-based Tribune Media’s 42 stations. This would put the company in 72 percent of U.S. living rooms. And thanks to political appointees, the FCC might allow it to happen.

Who Wants Peter Thiel’s Dark Data Mining Company Out of Trump’s Favor?

With President Trump’s Extreme Vetting policy in development, Peter Thiel’s data company Palantir stands to benefit big time, thanks to the Paypal-founder’s close relationship with the commander in chief. Is that the real reason behind Buzzfeed’s recent exposé on Thiel’s anti-Trump dinner chatter?

Scientists Call for Trump to Accept Climate Report

The recent publication of a climate report draft by the New York Times is raising questions about how President Donald Trump will tight walk the precarious balance between appeasing his voter base (that largely doesn’t believe human-made global warming exists) and a report that is blunt about the fact that human activities have a large role to play in its existence and impact. Recent efforts by federal agencies to evade talking about the phenomena suggests Trump still has a way to go to realize the implications of denouncing climate change. And that has scientists worried.