REI stepped up the fight to preserve public lands with an email blast to its customers, but can consumer power overcome the threat to national monuments?
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
President Donald Trump did make it to Hamburg this week, but relatively little was accomplished at this G20. Nineteen world leaders and one president’s daughter pushed for initiatives to help the planet and the world’s poorest citizens while America’s top man struck out on his own
This year’s Social Progress Index tells us a lot about the state of society these days — including the fact that a nation, touted often for its standard of living, isn’t at the top of the scale when it comes to social benefits and opportunities.
Small businesses do not resent good regulations. American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) polling has found that 86 percent believe that regulations are necessary and 93 percent believe their business can live with fair and manageable regulations. The problem is small businesses lack the resources to comply with complicated legislation.
The EPA scored much criticism when it reversed a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos in March. Even low exposure to chlorpyrifos has been shown to cause developmental delays in children. Now it turns out EPA head Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, a manufacturer of the pesticide, a few weeks before the policy reversal.
What’s the value of the Great Barrier Reef? Economists were recently tapped to figure that out. While it’s huge, some may say the study doesn’t take in its most important asset: The health and sustainability of our oceans and our atmosphere.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit last week accusing opioid companies of fraud, and now three states are fighting back against pharmaceutical manufacturers in order to hold them accountable for the ongoing U.S. prescription drug epidemic.
It’s been a bad, bad month for Brazil’s President Michel Temer. First he is called on the carpet by Brazil’s supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, for efforts to open up more of the Amazon to deforestation. Then he’s told that he’s at risk of losing a $1.1 billion payment from Norway for the same concern. And if that’s not bad enough, the US is rejecting Brazil’s beef imports because of alleged bribes in the supply chain. What’s a president to do?
Another Trump appointee at the Department of Energy is in hot water, and offensive tweets are just the tip of a very large iceberg. We’ve just uncovered an audio interview you don’t want to miss.
Earlier this month, Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged five high-ranking Department of Health officials with voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of 12 Flint residents who contracted Legionnaires’s from the polluted water. These rulings could set new precedent for culpability.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry played the Fukushima card in explaining why the Trump Administration insists it is critical to revive the controversial Yucca Mountain site to store over 70,000 tons of nuclear power waste.
Net neutrality advocates are gearing up for a battle on July 12 that may well be a global megaphone. Amazon, Vimeo, Netflicks and a host of nonprofit organizations have promised to lend their websites and their voices to tell the FCC that net neutrality must stay in place.
Crowdfunding increasingly has become a way to raise funds for rising health care costs. The problem, however, is that the occasional success story treats some systems, but does not provide sustainable solutions for our health care system’s enduring problems.
Big food manufacturers have found themselves faced with recalling millions of pounds of food intended for institutional settings, this time for an undocumented allergen. The problem raises a larger question about how the U.S. can guarantee a safe food supply if it isn’t closely monitoring the products in global supply chains.
The Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux won major ground in their lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, when the court ruled that environmental impacts must be considered in any permitting process for the Dakota Access Pipeline. They won on other grounds, as well, but it won’t close down the pipeline today.