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Historic Climate Court Decision in the Netherlands

Big news from the Netherlands, where a court just decided that the government was not doing enough to combat climate change. Yep. You…
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The Great Fall of China (Or So They Keep Telling Us)

The world keeps citing the rising number of environmental protests as a sign of China’s impending doom. It is true that the occurrence…
California's Santa Margarita Lake holds a fraction of its usual water supply due to the state's ongoing drought.

California’s Unexpected Water Conservation Leaders: Commercial Property Owners

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that's not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and…
Along with lush forests and pristine beaches, Puerto Rico is flush with something America is all too familiar with -- debt.

What Can We Learn From the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis?

Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant…
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Hawaii Promises 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii, the nation's biggest fossil fuel user, will now be a pioneer for renewable energy. A bill that assures 100 percent use by…
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Policy Points: How Family-Friendly Work Laws Will Strengthen the Economy

Any employee benefit, whether it's paid time off to deal with an illness or following childbirth, equal pay, or childcare, ultimately results in…
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Norway’s Huge Coal Divestment: From Climate Hero to Greenwash and Back Again

Norway's huge coal divestment announcement attracted accolades, but a look behind the statistics shows a careful balance between progress and greenwash.
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Ethics on Wall Street? Let’s Get Real

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business surveyed workers in the U.S. and U.K. finance industry about ethics and legal issues,…
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Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of…
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Arctic Drilling Decision: Shell’s Chutzpah, Protesters’ Angst

The decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic “shows why we may never win the fight against climate…
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Following the Money in the Amtrak Tragedy

An Amtrak train derailed last week in Pennsylvania, which triggered a set of questions that are not often associated with tragedy. Questions like,…
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NASA Climate Budget Sees Cuts As CO2 Levels Surpass 400 PPM

In a shocking development, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, headed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Texas), submitted a new budget for…
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Now is Not the Time to Drill in the Arctic

The Obama administration's conditional approval of Shell's Arctic drilling plans are shortsighted and could have devastating environmental consequences.
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Follow the Leader: Hawaii Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Hawaii state legislature has just passed a bill freeing the state from fossil fuel dependency, putting it on course for 100 percent…
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The Politics of Online Petitioning As We Head Toward 2016

Political parties, candidates and related advocacy groups are using petitions to build awareness for their platforms and reach prospective voters.