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Congress: TSA Needs Transgender Sensitivity

The Transportation Security Agency serves as the front-line buffer against terrorism at U.S. airports. Last week it faced yet another stiff rebuke from Congressional members for inadequate and offensive screening procedures. It’s only one of many such criticisms that the agency has received recently. Is that because the screeners aren’t doing their jobs, or because they are? And is it always the TSA’s fault?

IMF Managing Director Calls for Carbon Tax

The IMF has become the latest advocate for a new twist on financial reform as its managing director, Christine Lagarde, has added her voice to the global chorus calling for a carbon tax.

Climate Change Could Turn the Horn of Africa into a Drier, More Unstable Region

According to a report issued by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Ethiopia, along with its neighbors on the Horn of Africa, Djibouti and Somalia, could be in for a long-term struggle with climate change. Evidence suggests the region has actually become drier over the past 100 years — and will continue to become drier and warmer in the coming years.

Ambitious California Renewables Legislation Signed Into Law

Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown during a ceremony this week at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, Senate Bill 350 mandates that California produce half of its electricity from renewables such as solar and wind power by 2030.

Sweden on Target to Become First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation on Earth

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven recently declared at the U.N. General Assembly that his country would become “one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world.” How can this nation of 10 million people make this a reality?

Volkswagen Is Not Alone in Emissions, Performance Problems

Critics are asking why it took the EPA and California Air Resources Board 18 months to tell consumers that they were aware of serious emissions problems with some VW diesel vehicles. And while fed and state regulators say they will be looking more closely at other brands, a European advocacy group has already determined that VW is not alone in its problems, and that there needs to be greater oversight in testing by government regulators.

On Climate Change, Republicans Are Not a Monolithic Voting Group

According to a new poll conducted late last month, a majority of Republicans, even those described as conservative, are open to new forms of energy in order to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. Has the GOP turned a corner?