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Florida Takes Aim At Mere Mention of Climate Change

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) found that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has an unwritten policy that the words “climate change” and “global warming” are not to be used in any official documents, including emails.

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How Social Enterprises Can Protect Mission and Deliver Profit

A growing body of sector research is shining light on the principles of how social enterprises can use outcome monitoring to strengthen mission and deliver a blended bottom line. It’s good governance that provides the key to successful monitoring — and to delivering profit with benefit.

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Has China Reached Peak Coal?

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.

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Dietary Guidelines Consider Planet’s Health

“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.

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Introducing the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act

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.

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Duke Energy Pleads Guilty to Charges Under Clean Water Act

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.

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Judge Declines Final Rule in Harvard Divestment Suit

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.

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Marines Seek Second Career in Solar

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.