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Since 1970, Air Pollution Down 73%, Economy Tripled

A new EPA report says that since 1970, the combined emissions of six common air pollutants have fallen 73 percent since 1970. Meanwhile, the number of miles Americans have driven have almost tripled, and the economy has expanded to over three times its size from almost a half century ago.

Endangered Wildlife Pushed Aside to Start Border Wall Construction

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act gives the Department of Homeland Security immediate access to $12million in funding to build the first 15 miles of the border wall, some of which runs through areas with high concentrations of endangered species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

$1 Million Per Job?! Funny Money in Wisconsin Foxconn Deal

Wisconsin’s politicians are ebullient about Foxconn’s arrival, but it has not taken long for critics of the deal to crunch the numbers and question whether the amount of taxpayers’ money to be spent on luring the company to the Badger State makes it a worthwhile investment for taxpayers.

New Jersey to Slash Food Waste to Reduce Emissions, Fight Hunger

New Jersey’s legislature passed, and Governor Chris Christie signed into law, Senate Bill 3027, which established a statewide food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030. But plans to achieve the landmark goal are still in development.

California Regulators Approve $200M Volkswagen Zero-Emission Cars Investment

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it had approved the first of four plans of Volkswagen to invest $800 million in zero-emission infrastructure, outreach and electric vehicle access for citizens who live in disadvantaged communities. The first phase, totaling $200 million, has just been launched.

Corporate America Already Laps Military With Transgender Protections

President Trump’s recent declaration that transgender military enlistees incur “tremendous medical costs” for the government flies in the face of research that shows that the cost of an inclusive environment in today’s businesses is minimal, says the Human Rights Campaign. Its Corporate Index study found that 73 percent of companies it surveyed now provide healthcare for LBGT employees, and the costs are no where near the cost of a presidential weekend golf trip.

Want a Big Boost in GDP? Bring in Immigrants

President Donald Trump has promised to boost the economy by 3-4 percent. It’s an unlikely prospect, say analysts, noting that 2 percent has historically been about par for the country’s yearly growth. Researchers at ProPublica however, say it’s possible, but it would require scrapping one of his other big campaign promises: deporting and banning immigrants.

UK Banning Diesel and Gasoline Fueled Cars and Vans After 2040

The government of the United Kingdom has announced that it will ban the sales of diesel- and gasoline-powered passenger vehicles after 2040, mostly in an effort to reduce the impact nitrogen oxides, or NOx, have had on public health.

Tiny Houses: A Salve for Tomorrow’s Housing Shortages?

Tiny is catching on these days. From do-it-yourself rolling palaces that amount to the size of a conventional living room to modest structures for low-income families, the concept of tiny houses is making more sense than ever for cities faced with housing shortages. But are residents and cities cut out for going teeny?