According to energy data released by the Chinese government last week, the country’s consumption of coal fell by 2.9 percent in 2014 – the first dip in 14 years, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Last week, three U.S. Senators sent 100 letters to businesses and organizations requesting information to glean whether they were funding climate deniers.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These seven words are author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan’s sage advice on how to eat a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet. And now it appears the U.S. government is poised to adopt similar nutritional recommendations. Last week, the nation’s top nutrition panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released its latest report — which argued for a “sustainable diet” high in plant-based foods and lower in calories and animal-based foods.
California’s forthcoming mobile kill-switch law will impact businesses positively, and, moreover, the planet as a whole is better off with this technological implementation.
Earlier this year, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights, while lowering rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity.
The bill is, in essence, a cap and dividend plan that would collect gradually increasing fees on the “first sellers” of fossil fuels, with all of the proceeds being distributed equally to all American citizens.
Duke Energy has submitted a plea bargain in response to federal charges that it illegally discharged coal ash and wastewater into North Carolina river systems. Environmental groups are hailing the announcement.
BoA, Chevrolet, Clorox, the city of San Francisco and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch were among the recipients of the EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards.
Harvard University is feeling the pressure these days. More than 1,200 students and faculty have backed a suit by a coalition of students to force Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels. The judge’s response to the case, which was heard last Friday suggested this isn’t an open-and-shut issue, either. Climate change and fossil fuel investments are now a real topic for discussion in university boardrooms, just as much as they are in the classrooms they represent.
The Marines at Camp Pendleton are the first crop of an expected 200 transitioning service members taking advantage of the pilot phase of a DOE-SunShot Initiative solar jobs training program. The programs grows out of a a similar initiative via which students at U.S. community colleges are obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to land jobs and build careers in the fast growing U.S. solar energy industry.
Six months after billions of gallons of tailings waste barreled into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada, local Aboriginal communities are taking the law into their own hands. They are enforcing the first-ever comprehensive mining policies for Native Peoples. The British Columbia government hasn’t commented on the regulations yet, but one thing is for sure: the voices are being heard loud and clear.
The derailments of two cargo trains earlier this week are spurring debate about whether crude oil shipments have a place on the rails that pass through America’s small towns.
Feb. 5 marked the two-year anniversary of paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper’s commitment to halt further felling of the natural rainforest in all of its 38 supplier concessions in Indonesia. This month, Rainforest Alliance published its evaluation of the first 18 months of its conservation efforts — revealing some success but still much work to be done.
With progressives solidly in charge of Richmond, California’s mayoral office, environmentalists are calling for changes at Chevron Corp., the owner of the city’s massive refinery. They want political contributions stopped, the CEO fired and better environmental practices. To this end, they’ve joined forces with Chevron shareholders to propose sweeping changes at the next annual shareholders meeting. Will the company cave? Who knows, but their demands are certainly being heard, and couldn’t come at a more sensitive time for the oil industry.
While the Indian government is very progressive in its policies regarding energy, there is a hard stop when there is a perceived threat to economic growth.