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China Adopts New Urbanization Guidelines

China’s new urbanization guidelines are a major environmental and planning step forward in the country and could become one of the world’s biggest urban development policy breakthroughs.

Grocery Manufacturers of America Found Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Campaign

A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors to anti-GMO political campaign in 2013, it broke the state’s strict campaign finance laws. The question that is about to come before the court is whether the GMA intentionally broke the law in an effort to deceive voters. If so, in accordance with Washington’s campaign finance laws, the organization and its 300 member companies will pay some steep fines.

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Forced Labor Continues in Uzbek, Turkmen Cotton Fields

Once again this year, the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilized its citizens to the cotton fields to prepare carry out the 2015 harvest of the country’s “white gold.” Worse still, according to the Cotton Campaign and other observers, the forced labor practices of Uzbekistan are now being employed by the government in neighboring Turkmenistan as well.

DARK Act Threatens Consumers’ Right to Know Food Content

TriplePundit asked the chairman of the Just Label It initiative and founder of organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm to explain why the DARK Act looms so large in the food debate these days. Here’s what Gary Hirshberg had to say.

Policy Points: How Business Can Influence Paid Leave, Taxes and Climate Issues

By Zach Bernstein Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential but are not game-changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws and regulations that guide our economy toward sound, long-term decision-making, with full recognition of social and environmental externalities. As business leaders, we must support policy changes to help make the economy more … Continued

SCOTUS Does a 180, Refuses to Block Environmental Regulations

Four weeks ago, in a highly unusual 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Clean Power Plan, temporarily blocking progress on the Obama administration’s landmark climate legislation. Now, the tide appears to be turning in the highest court in the land.

Oregon Sets a New Standard: Coal-Free by 2035

In a bi-partisan vote that brought together utilities, consumers and environmentalists, Oregon’s legislature has passed the most ambitious, anti-coal, pro-renewables legislation in the country.