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Obama Administration to Curb Coal Mining on Federal Land

Remember the federal land being leased to coal mining companies for next to nothing? Interior Secretary Sally Jewell finally spoke out against the…
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Renewables Mandate in Colorado Survives Rollback Attempt

Renewables in Colorado have grown tremendously since the state implemented its Renewable Energy Standard in 2004 -- creating 22,000 jobs. But the standard…
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Policy Points: Bringing America’s Workforce into the 21st Century

What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They’re the only two countries that don’t guarantee paid time off…
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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Pushes For Distributed Wind

A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. What's…
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California Governor Calls for 50 Percent Renewables By 2030

During Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural address, he called for California to generate 50 percent of its power from renewables by 2030.
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Policy Points: Three Signs of Hope from 2014

For a year that didn't exactly inspire confidence in policy-making generally, 2014 was actually a better year for sustainable policy than one might…
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Policy Points: After 2014 Elections, More Uncertainty Ahead

The 2014 elections marked a lot of change. One thing that is debatable: What’s going to happen as a result.
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On Climate Change, Who’s Hoaxing Who?

Inhofe says, “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the…
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Climate Change: Ready for a New Era of Extreme Weather?

“Our preparedness deficit is the result of years of inaction and under-investment at the federal, state and local levels,” says Collin O’Mara, NWF…
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The 2014 Elections and the Road for Sustainable Business

While many campaign ads tout a candidate’s economic bona fides, often the reality and the rhetoric don’t match up. That’s why the ASBC…
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Designed Right, Carbon Taxes Do Not Kill Jobs

Overall, IEEP’s review of nine countries found none where a carbon tax had led to job losses.
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Federal Agencies Launch Great Lakes Restoration Plan Part II

“The new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan lays out the steps we need to take to get us closer to the day…
According to a 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the reef has lost over half of its coral in the past quarter-century.

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved?

The world’s largest coral reef system is in danger of disappearing: Can it be saved?
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Policy Points: On Carbon and Water, Policymakers Should Listen to Small Business

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues proposals for new regulations, lobby groups that say they represent business interests screech and holler. They…
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The 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan: Human Rights Violations Already

As oil-rich Azerbaijan prepares to host next year's inaugural 'European Games,' the Azerbaijani government has stepped up its crackdown on activists speaking out…