Florida’s Treasure Coast has become inundated with algae blooms. After resisting federal regulations that could have prevented the problem, Florida politicians are asking the White House for help. And the Obama administration was clear in its response: It is your mess, so you fix it.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Both Volkswagen and GM received disappointing news last week. The German automaker faces more fines and further negotiations with California over its emissions scandal. And GM must now restructure how it rates its franchises.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s first labeling legislation for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Many say the legislation doesn’t go far enough. And one food giant is out to raise the bar for the whole industry.
China is on pace to open one new coal-fired plant a week until 2020, says Greenpeace, despite its promises to boost renewables and wean itself off dirty fossil fuels.
While it cannot be denied that money talks, it doesn’t always tell the truth. The Natural Resources Defense Council fact-checked a key fossil fuel trade group and uncovered the common “doomsday myths” it uses to scare politicians and the public.
Over 100 technology executives, CEOs and founders slammed Donald Trump in an open letter — citing divisiveness, an open contempt for the tech sector, and threats to “shut down” portions of the Internet.
It’s official: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is on the Donald Trump ticket. Although he’s a GOP mainstay, Pence isn’t exactly a household name — leaving many to wonder where he stands on the issues they care about and how he would perform as veep. To answer all those burning questions, we took a look at Pence’s voting record and his stance on environmental and social sustainability issues. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.
New Yorkers can now score a two-week unlimited UberPool commuting fare card for just $49. That makes Uber rides around much of Manhattan cheaper than taking the city’s venerable subway.
The initiative aims to “break the cycle of incarceration” by moving low-level offenders with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system to doctor’s offices. It will also allow low-level offenders who cannot afford bail to await their court date at home, rather than a local jail cell, at a judge’s discretion.
If you’ve followed elections long enough, you know basically what to expect in the general — sharply divergent views on everything from trade to taxes to foreign policy. But what if there were issues where both parties could actually agree on solutions? We don’t think this is too outlandish — in fact, when it comes to the environment, both parties have more in common than they think.
Bill Gates and Heifer International hatched a plan to hand out free chickens to impoverished communities. When the South American country of Bolivia found itself on the list, it flatly refused the offer, calling it “rude.” The tiff may say more about the challenges that hinder international aid and diplomacy than the commercial value of a flock of free chickens.
U.S. immigration policy is focused on an outdated model — one that categorizes people into two groups: those from Mexico and “other than Mexico.” It is hardly a way to cope with the country’s economic needs and does little to embolden its leadership in the world.