government policy


Make That Two Black Eyes For Natural Gas Fracking

A new study of hospitalizations and fracking activity in Pennsylvania shoots holes in the "clean fuel" image of compressed natural gas.

Comedian Mocks Congress Inaction on Healthy School Lunch

Nick Offerman and Funny or Die joined forces to create a parody on unhealthy cafeteria lunches to raise awareness for the American Heart…

Prison Phone Calls Prove Costly for Family Members

The private phone business going on in American prisons leaves family members and friends of the incarcerated emptying their pockets for just minutes…

Cuba Lifted from Terrorist List, Readies for Wave of U.S. Tourists

When Cuban President Raul Castro toasted his 84th birthday in June, he also celebrated two major diplomatic milestones: Cuba's first attendance at the…
A San Francisco resident performs an annual cleaning on rooftop solar panels.

California Achieves Economic Growth Without Growing Emissions

California is proving to the rest of America that economic success does not require increased pollution. The state recently reached an economic development…

Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…