The pope was right to call for a more ethical sustainable development that can meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment. He was wrong, however, to fault reliance on economic incentives as a way to deal with climate change.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
The U.S.-Iran deal may offer a surprising boost to the international divestment campaign, a growing social movement that seeks to persuade investors to sell their stocks in fossil fuel companies.
The solar giant just completed the 1.2 million-square-foot shell for a manufacturing plant that near the Buffalo River. The $900 million factory is the centerpiece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development plan, that he calls the Buffalo Billion.
A U.S. District Court recently struck down Idaho’s ag-gag law, ruling it is unconstitutional. The court held that the law violates first and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The decision marks the first time a court has ruled that an ag-gag law is unconstitutional.
It’s hardly a secret that India has been expanding in just about every way over the last 20 years or so. Its population, its infrastructure and its degree of technological advancement have all been approaching a line that more and more resembles a cliff than a steep hill.
The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, often goes unmentioned when discussions arise about nation-leading exemplars of sustainable development. The city coasts humbly along, moving confidently under the radar into the 21st Century. Read how organizations like the Centralina Council of Governments and Envision Charlotte are making the Southern city more sustainable while adhering to grassroots philosophies.
The Pope’s recent invitation to social activist Naomi Klein to join his forthcoming high level environment conference is an indicator of the shifting sands which define the historical role of civil society, government and business. In turn, these shifting sands are why the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are capturing the imagination of business in a way that no aspect of the sustainable development agenda to date has managed to do.
Whether you approve of or criticize the FDA’s approach to food regulation, there’s no way of going around meeting their guidelines if you are a food producer. The FDA is in charge of regulating about 80 percent of food products and food packaging labels on the US market, so if you are a food producer, you better familiarize yourself with the agency’s requirements for proper food labeling.
On Monday, August 3, President Barack Obama and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy released the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations designed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from electricity generation. The New York Times called it “the strongest action ever taken in the U.S. to combat climate change.”
It’s been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There’s a lot riding on the oil and gas giant’s rep, and it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.
The recent shut-down of the once “disruptive” app HomeJoy, which had $40 million in funding, may be the sign of things to come as the gig economy evolves alongside the growing freelance movement.
The local garment industry’s minimum wage is $128 per month, but the industry leaders are eyeing $177 to compensate for the cost of living in Cambodia.
Energy is a highly regulated industry, at both the state and national level. But which is more important for growth: policy actions or market dynamics? For the advanced energy industry, the two are intertwined, and the economic impact is powerful.
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