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.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
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.
“Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers,” Sommer said this week in Washington, D.C. “In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see federal financing support for establishing fast-charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors.”
What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They’re the only two countries that don’t guarantee paid time off for new mothers. The good news is that this could be changing.
Off the back of its partnership with BMW and Chargepoint, Volkswagen announced it will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. by 2016.
According to the U.K.-based human rights group Global Witness, 147 people were murdered in 2012 for their environmental activism (the latest year data is available), compared to 51 in 2002.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s third-annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a compendium of accomplishments that points to the fact that the renewable energy sector is finally making strides. At 144 pages in length, it’s more than quadrupled the size and scope of last year’s Factbook.
In light of the World Bank’s recent decision not to investigate connections between the Bank’s development projects and the forced labor in Uzbekistan, positive steps by apparel and home goods companies are vital.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced $280 million in new Renewable Energy for America Program grants and loans. Two recipients — Arkansas’ Supersave Foods and Maine’s Cozy Acres Greenhouses — gave accounts of how REAP funding enabled them to rebuild and expand their businesses while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.
Attention on the Keystone XL Pipeline detracts from a number of other significant developments in our quest towards a more vibrant economy.