Many have wondered how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality could fail Flint citizens so utterly and completely, and not only that, act annoyed and dismissive in the face of their concerns and the muddy-colored tap water that backed them up.
Policy & Government
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Last year’s horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of unsustainable palm oil, the primary cause of deforestation in Indonesia. Yet, Greenpeace finds that, out of 14 major U.S. brands, only one can trace its palm oil, and few have made any discernible action in light of last year’s tragedy.
The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.
Cronyism isn’t new in politics, and given that there are no rules against it in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is crisscrossed with close ties.
Along with the emergency manager law, Michigan government’s lack of accountability and transparency contributed to the conditions that facilitated the Flint water crisis.
Oklahoma regulators are trying to catch up with swarms of earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal. But the quakes are popping up in new areas.
A group of activists and artists will travel across Flint this morning to call attention to the ongoing water crisis. Participants include billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer and actor Mark Ruffalo.
Trump’s recent comments that he has “done so much for equality” come from what he insists are non-discriminatory policies at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago.
The always-witty Phillipe Dunsky, president of Dunsky Energy Consulting, thinks that while Canada’s past on that front might have been humdrum, it’s a whole new era now.
More than 400 class-action suits have been filed against Volkswagen. They allege the automaker not only included “emissions cheating” software into its vehicles, but also that it cheated customers by charging a premium based on its asserted emissions technology. Last week, after the bulk of those cases had been transferred to a California district court, the first combined class-action arrived at VW’s doorstep. Attorneys are calling for more than a fix or a replacement. They’re asking for punitive damages.
Malé, the capital of the Maldives, has become an environmental and logistical nightmare. But creative planning and thinking could make this capital an ideal laboratory for innovation related to smart cities.