Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could change the way pregnant women are treated by their employers. The case will force conservative justices to choose between two core right-wing constituencies: anti-choice activists and pro-business groups.
By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The re-urbanization movement puts stress on the infrastructure that supports cities and citizens. Advances with smart technologies will transform society, just as advances during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries did.
FOE and WORC are seeking the first comprehensive review of the federal coal-leasing program since 1979. “Since that time, scientific evidence has established that greenhouse gases produced by coal mining and combustion endanger the public health and welfare,” they said. “The BLM, however, has never analyzed the coal leasing program’s impact on climate change.”
The odds are high this week that India will make a big announcement this week regarding its climate change agenda at the Lima climate change conference.
In addition to offending all notions of civil liberties, the Uzbek forced labor system is just plain bizarre. For example, one’s work boss is also one’s boss in the cotton fields and, incredibly, cotton-picking skills may “become a component of annual job evaluations, skewing decisions on promotions.”
A recent survey by communication technology provider Ericsson evaluates 40 leading cities around the world for their level of information and communication technology (ICT) maturity.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced new, more stringent ozone emissions standards in a bid to reduce smog and improve human and environmental health. EPA is proposing to tighten the national ozone emissions standard to between 65-70 parts per billion from 75 ppb, which was set in 2008 in the wake of EPA’s previous five-year review.
Cannabis carbon emissions? That’s what one county in Colorado says is the new carbon epidemic. Growing pot has become popular enough that experts predict carbon footprints the size of small cities from this burgeoning commercial enterprise. Boulder County, however, is out to change that.
The first-of-its-kind grasslands conservation project brought the USDA together with ranchers, Ducks Unlimited and others in a public-private partnership that will avoid carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.
This week, ProPublica and Frontline released an exhaustively researched look at the vital role played by Firestone in supporting Liberia’s former president.
Want to know how your state is doing when it comes to clean energy mandates? Many states have set laudable goals for renewable energy. A surprising number haven’t. It begs the question why some states step up to the plate and others aren’t even concerned. And no, it doesn’t seem to be simply a matter of partisan politics.
Inhofe says, “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left.”