government policy

California’s New Climate Program Steams Ahead Despite Likely Legal Challenges

With the inauguration of President Trump underway, the California Air Resources Board launched its new proposal for fighting climate change. It calls for…

New FDA Rules on Antibiotics Attempt to Squash ‘Superbugs’

The change — decades in the making — was lauded by many as an important step forward, while others decried it as too…

USDA Tightens Animal Welfare Rules for Organic Farms

While most consumers assume the USDA Organic standard includes animal welfare protections, that's largely untrue -- though a rule enacted this week might…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Forced Labor Is More Common In the U.S. Than You Might Think

American workers are exploited in industries from agriculture to manufacturing to sex trafficking -- and the H2 visa program contributes to the problem.

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…

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 Sleeping Giant Stirs: Russia Revs Up Renewable Tech

If the story of cooperation in space is a guide, Russia's decision to compete in the global market for renewable energy technology could…

Fiat-Chrysler Accused of Emissions Cheating Days After VW Exec Arrested

The EPA accused Fiat-Chrysler of cheating on emissions testing days after the FBI arrested a former Volkswagen executive for the same crime.

Obama: The Climate Fight Has ‘Irreversible Momentum’

This week Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to pen an article for the peer-reviewed Science magazine. In it, he argues that…

Making the Switch: Smart Technology and Grid Reform for the 21st Century

The Department of Energy estimates that $100 billion in public- and private-sector investment could fully modernize the American energy grid and save consumers…

On Food Waste, The US Could Learn a Lot from Europe

The U.S. tosses a staggering $161 billion worth of food every year. And while more Americans are talking about the problem, efforts to…