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Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze: Leaner Doesn’t Always Mean Better

A hiring freeze is in effect for all federal departments — that includes positions related to agriculture and commerce, as well as many that impact veterans’ services. And the outcome of that 90-day freeze may hint at what’s next for federal workers and public services.

Activists Call for Divestment As Trump Moves Pipelines Forward

President Donald Trump essentially green-lighted the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines last week. Environmental and human rights advocates vowed to keep fighting, and they’re calling on big banks to pull their funding of the projects.

Does Elon Musk Have Trump’s Ear? And If So, Will It Matter?

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk accepted a position on the president’s manufacturing counsel, drawing headlines such as, “Opposites Attract? Why Musk and Trump Are Having a Bromance.” Could the budding friendship equate to more friendly environmental policy from the administration, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

California To Vote On Leaving The U.S.

Last week California’s Secretary of State qualified a ballot initiative that will allow Californians to vote on leaving the Union. Some in the Heartland may think they’re better off without the Golden State. But are they really?

What We Lose if We Silence Science

Earlier this week, the Trump administration instructed employees at certain federal agencies to stop communicating with the public. It’s not unusual for a new administration to change how government agencies communicate with the public and journalists. But the precision with which these gag orders target climate science has some experts worried.

Pushing Urban Density: The Answer to Global Warming?

A new report suggests urban density does more than cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing transportation needs. All aspects of residents’ lifestyles become more sustainable in denser neighborhoods.

Rebuilding Rural Communities As Traditional Industries Decline

Last year, quarterly coal production in the U.S. was at its lowest since 1981. The loss of this industry — which has been a way of life for many in places like Appalachia, Wyoming and Montana — has left residents in coal-producing regions without jobs or a clear sense of their future. How can we move forward?

Student Loan Company Navient Sued for Illegal Practices

State and federal regulators filed suit against Navient last week, accusing the student loan servicer of misleading borrowers to inflate profits. The results of a four-year investigation come as economists debate what to do about the country’s looming student debt crisis.