In 2018, state and city policies should focus on climate change prevention, with programs that reduce emissions, while also preparing for worst-case scenarios with action plans to cope with the (inevitable) aftermath of disasters. It is critical that adaptation is planned for in parallel with regulatory efforts.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Recycling has become a huge global business. According to the Bureau of International Recycling, nearly 600 million tons of recyclables worth an estimated $200 billion are traded globally.
Among a slew of spending and tax credits tucked into the budget bill signed by U.S. President Trump, one of them, known as 45Q, expands tax incentives for carbon capture, including from the air. With no cap on the available tax credits and 12 years to claim them, 45Q is poised to do for carbon capture what similar incentives did for wind and solar power: unleash private sector investments that catapult the technology into its maturity.
Richmond California has joined the fight against Big Oil. It’s now the 10 location to sue oil, gas and coal companies, alleging that their products are causing global warming and affecting the environment. And there’s an odd distinction about this particular suit: It’s being launched against Richmond’s largest and wealthiest employer, Chevron, which owns the city’s hometown oil refinery.
February 5, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It allows certain employees to take unpaid, job-protected time off work to care for themselves, a seriously ill family member, or a new child.
Business titans, including Blackrock’s Larry Fink, have already begun to turn up the heat on CEOs around the world pushing them to think differently.
Michigan 2-1-1 is more than an information database. It provides an essential web of services that help state residents stay connected when need arises. We talk with the agency’s Executive Director Tom Page to find out how the a coalition of more than 7,000 organizations and programs ensures the power stays on for Michiganders, even during difficult financial times.
President Trump’s decision Monday to impose a massive 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels will cause far more harm than good – for jobs, for our environment and for America’s ability to lead on clean energy.
How can nonprofit organizations, private enterprise, and public government work together to transform education? Will it take a massive upswing in the number of school-managed community gardens and partnerships with local farms and school cafeterias? How can we change our “second-tier nation” status for the good of our children’s future, rather than our national ego?
Almost all of the members of the National Park Service’s advisory council they have quit after being ignored by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the past year.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recently donated $33 million to TheDream.US, an organization that says it provides up to 4,000 “dreamers” tuition for higher education programs.
The climate is changing in Canada’s Arctic, and for one community that’s heralded bittersweet news. After decades of petitioning the government, they finally have a year-round road to drive on. The seasonal ice road was being eaten away by global warming.
New York City has embarked on a two-part plan to divest its municipal pension plans from fossil fuels. But in a massive equities market, can such tactics actually work?