The diplomatic isolation of Qatar has raised all kinds of questions about the World Cup and oil prices. But no one has asked about the impact the country’s isolation will have on the hundreds of thousands of expat workers building new World Cup venues.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Outrage still festers a week after President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the seminal Paris Agreement. But there are plenty of local leaders and businesses who are willing to step up on climate action.
President Trump’s massive border wall project has yet to start, but according to the Center for Biological Diversity, he’s already in violation of federal law (again). The administration has OK’ed the construction of “up to 20” 30-foot-tall prototypes in the critical habitat of the Otay Mesa, Calif., where one-of-a-kind species live. “Trump’s wall threatens to cut through the heart of the borderlands, among the most biologically and culturally diverse areas in North America. It will be a blight of epic proportions,” a representative explained.
The Trump Administration has instructed the FDA to rescind a rule that would have streamlined calorie disclosure requirements on chain restaurants’ menu items. But businesses are saying the decision adds to labeling confusion that is a burden on the industry in the first place.
The Washington Post has been revived thanks to Jeff Bezos, and has been key in the resistance against the Trump Administration. So we were surprised to see that the newspaper’s excellent energy newsletter was sponsored by the Koch Brothers.
The Trump administration is reportedly ready to back away from the Paris Agreement. Is this a big step backwards for global climate change cooperation, or can the private sector and local government plug in those climate action gaps?
Despite being chairman of a committee that funds non-defense science education, Congressman Lamar Smith has maintained hostile views of climate science. But some new challengers might just make him vulnerable to defeat.
Donald Trump’s new budget proposal predicts a confident 3 percent boost for the economy. We take a look at some of the milestones he promised and what it means for the nation.
The sparsity of key agency personnel cannot be blamed on Senate Democrats. But this may be good for the environment. The goings-on at the USDA may offer some insights into the future.
Investment in climate change mitigation could add as much as 5 percent to G20 nations’ GDP by mid-century, says the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Almost half of American workers make less than $15 per hour — and women and people of color are the worst off. But minor adjustments to public policy already on the books could improve wages for workers and boost local economies, say the Surdna Foundation and Pacific Community Ventures.
Despite the Donald Trump administration’s determination to roll back as many environmental protections as possible, a substantial number of companies are interested in supporting regulations that help protect the environment. Concerned citizens also have the opportunity to join forces by choosing to support companies and organizations working against climate change and systemic oppression.
Critics say a mysterious new Energy Department study aims to curb wind and solar growth — and warn the outcome could crimp green branding opportunities for U.S. businesses.
As Flint slowly recovers from its three-year water crisis, reconstruction will partly will be led locally. A contracting firm that is both black- and woman-owned will be tasked with replacing many water pipes across the city of 99,000 people.