Air pollution is now the world’s single greatest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new findings that show poor air quality is responsible for 7 million deaths a year – one in eight total deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that indoor air pollution caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012 in households that burn wood, coal or biomass as cooking fuel, while outdoor air pollution contributed to 3.7 million deaths the same year.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
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Technology is definitely key in CfA’s work helping government become more engaging, user-friendly and effective, but I believe that there’s also a secret sauce that makes it work – empathy.
Having invested $255,000 to implement an energy management system at its ammunition plant in Scranton, Pa., General Dynamics is realizing savings of $955,000 per year, as well as making it the first U.S. defense contractor to earn DOE Superior Energy Performance Gold Certification/ISO50001 status.
Last month, a report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), further makes the case that violence, in all its forms, is economically devastating and downright bad for business.
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule this week to clarify which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.
A new analysis from Charlotte, N.C. once again shows what we’ve learned from many other case studies: It costs taxpayers less money to house the homeless than it does to leave them to the elements.
Industry groups are claiming that the EPA is fighting a “war on coal” that will have dire economic consequences: It’s déjà vu all over again.
The House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill that would require public participation before a president designates a national park.
Ohio is merely the latest place to make this connection: Other sightings on the fracking-earthquake circuit have occurred in the UK, the Netherlands, British Columbia, East Texas, Oklahoma and even California.
In 2012, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.3 percent from the previous year, but overall, the nation’s emissions have risen by 4.4 percent from 1990 to 2012 – an annual average rate of 0.2 percent, according to a draft report released by the Environmental Protection Agency last month. The “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2012” is a part of an annual reporting program that monitors the country’s anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions by source, economic sector and greenhouse gas dating back to 1990.
Don’t tell the public transit naysayers who maintain that Americans will never get out of their beloved automobiles: Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year – the highest annual ridership number in 57 years, according to the 2013 ridership report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In fact, public transit rides rose by 1.1 percent in 2013, while miles driven only increased 0.3 percent.
The myth of the “free market”… So often business and its sidekick the business association use the free market as their defense against any threat of government regulations or anyone talking about the need for companies to focus a wee bit on sustainability or CSR or, the hot new favorite, shared value. Please, the concept of the “free market” is as big a lie as the urban myth that Mr. Rogers was a Navy Seal.
If you’re a New Jersey resident thinking about buying a Tesla Model S, you’d better act fast: You have until the end of the month to purchase the all-electric sedan from the company’s stores in the Garden State. Starting April 1, the luxury electric car maker will not be able to sell cars from its New Jersey stores, according to a ruling made last week by the state’s motor vehicle commission.
“Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target,” reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude Costa Rica will be dropping its goal of achieving carbon neutrality completely. That isn’t the case.