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Long Live the Queen City

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, often goes unmentioned when discussions arise about nation-leading exemplars of sustainable development. The city coasts humbly along, moving confidently under the radar into the 21st Century. Read how organizations like the Centralina Council of Governments and Envision Charlotte are making the Southern city more sustainable while adhering to grassroots philosophies.


The Shifting Sands That Welcome the Sustainable Development Goals

The Pope’s recent invitation to social activist Naomi Klein to join his forthcoming high level environment conference is an indicator of the shifting sands which define the historical role of civil society, government and business. In turn, these shifting sands are why the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are capturing the imagination of business in a way that no aspect of the sustainable development agenda to date has managed to do.


The Case For a Meat Tax

Sweden is leading the way and looking at implementing a meat tax to promote domestic farmed goods. Is it time for America to follow suit?


Quick Guide to the FDA’s Food Labeling Regulations

Whether you approve of or criticize the FDA’s approach to food regulation, there’s no way of going around meeting their guidelines if you are a food producer. The FDA is in charge of regulating about 80 percent of food products and food packaging labels on the US market, so if you are a food producer, you better familiarize yourself with the agency’s requirements for proper food labeling.

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Obama, EPA Release Final Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3, President Barack Obama and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy released the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations designed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from electricity generation. The New York Times called it “the strongest action ever taken in the U.S. to combat climate change.”


Shell Battles for Drilling Amid Plummeting Profits in Second Quarter

It’s been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There’s a lot riding on the oil and gas giant’s rep, and it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.


5 Drivers of Advanced Energy Growth

Energy is a highly regulated industry, at both the state and national level. But which is more important for growth: policy actions or market dynamics? For the advanced energy industry, the two are intertwined, and the economic impact is powerful.


EPEAT: Moving the Electronics Market Toward Green Standards

Government regulation is often the go-to answer when it comes to environmental issues, like reducing waste in landfill. But when it came to developing standards to reduce e-waste and ensure that computers, monitors and other electronics were built ‘green,’ it was purely a matter of industry consensus. Oh, and lots and lots of hard work.


The Line on the Sidewalk: South Florida’s Climate Change Dilemma

Florida’s coastline is world famous for its tourism amenities. The state is also a vital transportation nexus for the country, providing an essential link with Latin America. And of course, people love going to the Kennedy Space Center to learn about the country’s space endeavors. But all three of those vital Florida industries face considerable challenges if sea levels continue to rise. So does Miami’s million-dollar shorelines, which face insurance problems, flooding landscape and the prospects of a sizable exodus in coming years.


House Natural Resources Committee: ‘Carbon Emissions Are Good’

The House Committee on Natural Resources recently discussed the benefits that carbon emissions provide to the planet. Yes, you heard right. I said “benefits.” Greenhouse gases produced by burning coal, oil and other fuels are good, so some representatives and witnesses say.


To Diversify Tech — Force Inclusion?

The cat’s out of the bag. After years of pressure from activists, technology companies have released demographics about their employees. And it’s not good.

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Al Gore Hits Obama on Arctic Drilling Decision

Gore is confident there will be some sort of agreement coming out of Paris. “Even if it falls a little bit short of the 2-degree threshold, it will definitely lend a tremendous amount of momentum to an historic transition that is now well underway, away from carbon-based energy and towards renewables efficiency, battery storage and sustainable agriculture and forestry.”