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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.

Finding Common Ground Through Climate Change Conflict

Adding vigorous communication to the conflict between cap-and-trade supporters and environmental justice groups — groups with, let’s admit it, much commonality in their goals — may be the first step to achieving real collaboration.

U.K. Announces Plan To Cut Childhood Obesity

Like the United States, the U.K. faces a childhood obesity epidemic. A third of U.K. children are either overweight or obese. But unlike the U.S., the U.K. government is putting policies into place to address the problem head-on.

Business Wants More Renewable Energy: Let’s Help Them Get It

Understanding the forces that determine the pace of the clean-energy revolution in different parts of the world is the somewhat daunting task undertaken by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. TriplePundit spoke with IRENA’s director general to get the inside scoop.

2017: The Year of the Chicken

The vast majority of chickens raised for meat live in windowless warehouses and suffer from a number of welfare concerns. But thanks to animal protection organizations and conscientious consumers, that’s likely to change in 2017, says Kenny Torrella of the Humane Society of the United States.

Could a Rick Perry DOE Threaten Jobs, Increase Energy Bills?

The clean-energy and energy-efficiency sectors employ 2.5 million Americans and counting. How would they fare under a Rick Perry-led Department of Energy? Elizabeth Noll of the Natural Resources Defense Council takes a closer look.

The EPA Under Scott Pruitt: What Will it be Like?

The irony of the “fox guarding the henhouse” isn’t lost on Johnson Bridgewater of the Sierra Club’s Oklahoma chapter. He weighs in on the future of the EPA under former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Looking to the Future of Sustainable Cities

Joel Oerter, an MBA candidate at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, was one of hundreds of students to attend the 2016 Net Impact conference in Philadelphia. As we look to the role sustainability will play in 2017 and beyond, Oerter reflects on urban development conversations from the conference and how they may shape our future.

Rex Tillerson: Confirmation Overshadowed by Exxon Torture and Business Scandals

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, had a rough senate confirmation hearing last week. His appointment is still under review, and he’ll likely face more questions about Exxon’s alleged skirting of U.S. sanctions and connection to torture abroad.

2017 IRENA Assembly Showcases Global Push for Renewables

If you’re looking for some good news to chase away the clouds looming over the U.S. renewables picture, you can find it at the 2017 International Renewable Energy Agency Assembly in Abu Dhabi this weekend. TriplePundit is there to bring it to you straight!