Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.
Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.
Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment. This makes the nonprofit sector an ideal partner for the Fed.
Thanks to an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, California is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. But the state has a dirty little secret for keeping wildfires at bay: recruiting prison laborers.
A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are two important policies that can do that — and another action that can help shift the debate on many more.
To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.
The GHR Foundation uses entrepreneurial principles to engage local faith-based communities to improve health and set the foundation for peace-building.
Cañon City, Colorado, has a massive six-prison work complex where 4,000 prisoners do a wide variety of jobs. They even farm organic tilapia that you may have eaten. Is it fair to only pay prisoners $1.50 an hour when they earn the prison $63 million per year?
The U.K.’s financial sector, much like North America’s tech industry, is still struggling to expand gender diversity in its ranks. But Lloyds Banking Group has come up with a novel answer: It’s banned shortlists that don’t include a certain percentage of eligible women candidates and warned headhunters that their services to Lloyds may be impacted if they can’t comply with the request. Ouch!
Uber turns the users of its app into a lobbying tool against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Even though it is a multibillion-dollar company that is far, far bigger than any taxi company (many of which are independently-operated small businesses), Uber painted itself as a victim and told users to fight back against “special interests,” despite all the evidence that the biggest special interest in this fight is … none other than Uber itself.
The pope was right to call for a more ethical sustainable development that can meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment. He was wrong, however, to fault reliance on economic incentives as a way to deal with climate change.
The U.S.-Iran deal may offer a surprising boost to the international divestment campaign, a growing social movement that seeks to persuade investors to sell their stocks in fossil fuel companies.