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How to Address Economic & Environmental Problems in One Shot

Public and private sector policies and actions centered firmly on climate change mitigation and adaptation offer us the ways and means to address twin economic and ecological crises facing U.S. society, and in a way that can reconcile the inherent short- and long-term trade-offs by addressing job creation, growing disparities in economic and social inequality, and the growing threats to ecological sustainability in American society, three foundation stones for the environmental justice movement.

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U.S. Lags Behind UK on Mining, Oil and Gas Transparency

There is a global push to enforce disclosure when it comes to mining, oil and gas corporations that pay large sums to foreign governments for the right to mine in their countries. But getting laws enforced that will ensure transparency (and hopefully help regulate human rights and environmental abuses) is harder than it should be – even here in the U.S.

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Policy Points: 3 Progressive Initiatives That Are Good For Businesses

By Richard Eidlin Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential, but are not game changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws and regulations that guide our economy toward sound, long-term decision-making, with full recognition of social and environmental externalities. As business leaders, we can and must support policy change to help make … Continued

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Coalition Tries to Block Huge Tar Sands Development in Utah

A protracted legal battle is in the offing after a coalition of conservation groups filed a 253-page “request for agency action” urging the Utah Department of Air Quality to revoke its June 21 approval of a new oil refinery in Green River, Utah.

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Local Governments Must Take Charge of Building Resilient Communities

Climate change presents a whole new set of challenges when it comes to emergency planning and preparedness for municipalities. Community-wide resiliency preparedness takes into consideration emergency preparedness, energy planning, health, and safety issues.

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Delaware Legalizes Benefit Corporations

On July 17, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation into law that enables public benefit corporations (PBCs) to be formed in the state.

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Australian Carbon Tax to Go – What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The disparity in price between Australia and Europe – with Australia paying almost six times as much per tonne of carbon as Europeans – makes it easy to see why even if a sensible carbon tax rate were originally set, it can start to look unfair when carbon markets elsewhere in the world set the price much lower.