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FDA Takes Bolder Action on Fresh Produce Inspection

The FDA, the federal government agency tasked with food inspection but in recent years has avoided much of it thanks to politics, is taking more aggressive action in order to prevent foodborne illnesses in fresh produce that have turned many a benign meal into a public health threat.

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Madoff Ponzi Scheme Judgments Slam ‘Gatekeepers’ Ernst &Young

The auditing firm Ernst & Young is the latest to feel the heat from the Madoff scandal. Last week the firm lost its case in a suit alleging that it had been negligent in its auditing of a feeder fund that helped contribute to Madoff’s scheme to defraud investors. Their liability is a stinging $200 m and tops Citco’s settlement earlier this year of $125m. Meanwhile, more money will be allocated to victims of the fraud, as prosecutions and suits gradually wind up and officials continue to search for more missing funds.

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Just in Time for COP21:Climate Change Is Now Real, Thanks to Exxon

An old but powerful New York state law may have profound implications for Exxon, which is being investigated for misrepresenting its knowledge that its business decisions could cause climate change. And this time, prosecutors don’t have to prove intent. They only have to demonstrate that “common honesty” was not upheld in its business decisions. An email and a fairly exhaustive investigation by journalists and environmentalists have set the stage for a new kind of legal wrangling.

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Google, LinkedIn Campus Layouts at Odds with Urban Living

The city of Mountain View, California — home to Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office — boasts gorgeous campuses for work and play. But it also has serious traffic and housing issues, and a lack of density in zoning regs is partially to blame.

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How Electricity Storage Will Help Drive South Australia’s Transition

South Australia stands at the forefront of the renewable energy transition. Residential rooftop solar will soon reach 28 percent penetration, which is to say that more than a quarter of all households will have it. And South Australia already has the most installed wind generation in the country. But wider deployment of energy storage will help bring the state’s transition to the next level.

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Policy Points: Analyzing Paul Ryan’s Tax Agenda

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) taking the position as Speaker of the House is significant news, especially if you’ve been wondering when – if ever – the federal government will take on reforming the tax code. Speaker Ryan is probably as well-positioned for tax reform as any speaker ever. On some major points, however, he is off-target – and not taking a business-friendly approach to tax reform.

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Did Airbnb Win or Lose On Prop F?

Airbnb successfully lobbied to defeat a ballot initiative that sought to limit house-sharing in San Francisco. But did the company really win?

Indianapolis is one of several cities adopting 'default to green' policies. Its new bike-sharing program is just one of many sustainable development initiatives underway.

Cities Adopting ‘Default To Green’

3p economic correspondent Bill Roth sits down with Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the city of Palo Alto, California, about an intriguing trend: ‘default-to-green’ policies in cities.

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India: 9 Steps to Becoming a Solar Super Power

India has already taken positive steps by announcing very aggressive goals to meet 40 percent of its energy needs through renewables by 2030. But to do so, India needs a national energy policy, regulatory programs and innovative financing mechanisms that encourage the development of distributed energy, particularly applications that combine solar generation with energy storage.

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Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

After seven years of heated debate and indecision, the White House announces it will put an end TransCanada’s bid to build the Keystone XL pipeline.