A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science and Democracy government shutdownThere are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists.

Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

Union of Concerned Scientists

First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news.


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Why Local Governments Underproduce Housing

Legal Planet

As governments in California and across the United States wrestle with how to address soaring housing costs, a significant flashpoint has been the issue of local control. Most land-use regulation in the United States is done by local governments: cities, counties, towns, villages.

To Transform the Electricity System, We Must Transform Electricity Governance

Union of Concerned Scientists

Most people know very little about the institutions that run the electricity grid.

HotSpots H2O: ‘Global Indigenous Agenda’ Calls for Water, Land, and Resource Governance at 2021 IUCN World Congress

Circle of Blue

Guiding the summit’s discussions was the newly released “Global Indigenous Agenda for the Governance of Indigenous Lands, Territories, Waters, Coastal Seas and Natural Resources,” authored by the IUCN Indigenous partner organizations. Photo © Ak’ Tenamit / IUCN.

Zero-emission submarine project wins Government funding?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Belfast Telegraph. The fully automated vessels are designed to be ‘net positive’ by running on green hydrogen and collecting microplastics. Read more → Hydrogen Transportation

How Can Governments Stop the Deadliest Form of Ocean Plastic?

Ocean Conservancy

From implementing extended producer responsibility schemes to banning harmful single-use plastic items, governments at all levels have the ability to make a big difference on all forms of ocean plastic pollution. The post How Can Governments Stop the Deadliest Form of Ocean Plastic?

Mining in Minnesota halts as government considers 20-year ban


The Biden administration is considering a U.S. Forest Service application requesting a 20-year mining ban on national forest land in Minnesota. The agency wants over 200,000 acres of land south of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota to be exempt from all proposed mining activities

UK government sets out plan to ‘unleash’ nation’s space sector

Physics World

The UK government has released a long-term vision for the country’s burgeoning space sector. Alongside the space strategy, meanwhile, the UK government has released a feasibility study into Space Based Solar Power (SBSP).

How to Prevent a Government Shutdown, Create Jobs and Protect Our Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

Congress must pass a full year of funding bills or a continuing resolution to keep our government working for us. © The end of the federal government’s fiscal year falls on Thursday, September 30, 2021. We know that a government shutdown has disastrous consequences.

They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis

Yale E360

James Gustave Speth has been calling for action on climate since serving in the White House in the 1970s. In an e360 interview, he talks about his new book, which chronicles how successive U.S. administrations repeatedly failed to act in response to scientists’ increasingly dire warnings.

Sustainable nutrition science could help solve climate and health crises. Why isn’t the federal government funding more of it?

Union of Concerned Scientists

New analysis underscores need for $50 million annual investment in sustainable nutrition science research. Food and Agriculture agroecology climate change food systems nutrition research public health sustainability sustainable agriculture sustainable diets

American College of Governance Counsel Elects Greenberg to 2021 Class of Fellows

Arnold Porter

Arnold & Porter senior counsel Joel Greenberg was elected as a 2021 Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, the organization for leading corporate governance lawyers from the US and Canada.

Analysis: As Germany’s government changes over, real climate solutions appear far off

A Greener Life

After 16 years as Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel is stepping down which will also see an end to the Christian Democrats (CDU) as the governing party. This is despite the fact he himself sat in the government as a finance minister. A climate government?

Pegasus spyware scandal: Can Silicon Valley stop government snooping?

New Scientist

Spyware sold for use in anti-terror investigations is reportedly being misused by governments to watch journalists and politicians – Silicon Valley firms are battling to end it

How government decisions left Tennessee exposed to deadly flooding

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New York Times. Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts. Read more → Floods Sustainable communities

Why industry and government want to change the rules around a universal recycling symbol

Environmental News Bits

In this last week prior to the final decision, local governments, nonprofits, and one of the country’s largest waste and recycling corporations shared more with Waste360 on what they think the legislation, dubbed by some as the “Truth in Recycling” bill, will mean. Read the full story at Waste360.

Government brings forward Environment Bill

Green Alliance

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On September 20, Canada must elect a government committed to a green and just pandemic recovery

Enviromental Defense

The State of Science Index 2021 reported that 63% of Canadians – and 81% of youth – say the pandemic has made them more environmentally conscious.) The post On September 20, Canada must elect a government committed to a green and just pandemic recovery appeared first on Environmental Defence.

Robeco publishes framework guiding investor sustainability engagements with governments

Environmental News Bits

International asset manager Robeco announced today the release of a new Sovereign SDG Engagement Framework for investors, aiming to guide them in engagements with governments on tackling sustainability challenges. Read the full story in ESG Today. According to Robeco, the framework was developed in order to address a lack of clear, methods to navigate the… Read more → Impact investing Publications

4 Antitrust Risk Areas To Watch For Government Contractors

Arnold Porter

2, 2021); Mark Epley et al., 6, 2021).]]. This anticipated spending provides significant opportunities for government contractors. But companies seeking government contracts should be aware that there is a new cop walking this beat. 28, 2021).]]. 4, 2021).]].

Germany’s new coalition government may boost climate change action

New Scientist

Against a backdrop of climate change protests across German cities, the centre-left Social Democratic party narrowly won the election and now plans to create a coalition to tackle climate change

The Microeconomics of Enhancing the Effectiveness of Government Spending $2 Trillion Dollars on Infrastructure

Environmental and Urban Economics

Will the Federal Government create an open data base of which firms are obtaining which infrastructure contracts, to do what work, at what price tag? What is the tangible improvement in our capital stock (both physical and human capital) when government spends more money?

I went to the government’s meeting on Highway 413 – so you don’t have to 

Enviromental Defense

If we are dependent on cars, we’ll have the government to blame. The estimate that the new highway would only save commuters 30 seconds is drawn from a report produced by an expert panel convened by the previous government.

New Government Information Shows Alberta’s Tailings Ponds Increased in 2020 Despite Decrease in Oil Sands Production

Enviromental Defense

This is despite numerous assurances from industry, and repeated promises from the government of Alberta, that these ponds full of toxic waste from industry operations will be cleaned up. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and KEEPERS OF THE WATER. Toxic waste holding ponds now contain 1.36

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What’s Up With Water – October 18, 2021

Circle of Blue

In South Africa, garbage and high levels of bacteria are contaminating the country’s rivers, and environmental activists are struggling to hold government officials accountable. However, even the South African government’s own data points to a disaster. Transcript.

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Canadian governments have spent $23 billion on fossil fuel pipelines since 2018

Enviromental Defense

In a climate emergency, how do you think the federal government should be using public dollars? Instead, it turns out that the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta have spent a minimum of $23 billion on fossil fuel pipelines since 2018.

Federal Election 2021: What the parties are promising (so far)

Eco Justice

The 2021 federal election is an opportunity for Canadians to elect the federal government they believe can chart a path toward a sustainable future for this country. The post Federal Election 2021: What the parties are promising (so far) appeared first on Ecojustice.

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Adieu `Mutti´: Germany`s next government? - An Energy and Climate Analysis

Energy and Climate Law

On 26 September 2021 general elections in Germany concluded with a tricky result. Negotations to form a coalition government are complicated. Moreover, a new to build Ministry of Climate shall have a veto-right for all government measures.

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Urban Heat Island and Equity: What Can Local Governments Do?

Green Law

Urban Heat Island and Equity: What Can Local Governments Do? Elisabeth Haub Law School of Law. Pace University. Land Use Law Center. Supervisor: John R. Nolon, Distinguished Professor. Blog No. 10 of the Land Use, Human Health, and Equity Project. Editors: Jessica Roberts, Jillian Aicher, Colt Watkiss. Contributing Researcher: Rhea Mallett [*].

ESA Governing Board Approves Major Initiatives


The ESA Governing Board members met for its spring meeting over Zoom May 11-12. Agenda topics focused on advancing ESA’s strategic priorities, the health of ESA’s finances, discussions of future ESA Annual Meetings, and important, forward-looking changes to ESA governance. For the first time, the Governing Board was able to enthusiastically consider new opportunities to be funded from earnings on these assets. by Kathleen Weathers, ESA President.

The Government Cut Off Water to Farmers in the Klamath Basin. It Reignited a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish

Inside Climate News

Drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred. By Anne Marshall-Chalmers TULELAKE, Calif.—Joey

Government adopts the headline Circular Economy Package target

Green Alliance

July 2020

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Citations for environmental and energy law scholars 2021

Legal Planet

I also differ from Leiter in including scholars who are currently in government service in my totals. The post Citations for environmental and energy law scholars 2021 appeared first on Legal Planet.

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Six things the next federal government must do to help Canadians tackle plastic pollution and avoid false solutions

Enviromental Defense

It wants government handouts to pay for experimental projects to burn plastic or turn it into fuel. Federal government research forecasted an increase in polyethylene production of nearly 15 per cent (to 4.25 million tonnes) between 2017 and 2021.

Big Plastic’s revenge: Dow, Nova and Imperial Oil sue the federal government for protecting the environment

Enviromental Defense

Perhaps not surprisingly, these are the very same companies leading a coalition that filed a shocking lawsuit against the federal government last week suing them for taking action to tackle plastic pollution. million tonnes of polyethylene in Canada in 2021.

What’s Up With Water – September 20, 2021

Circle of Blue

When diplomats and government ministers converge on Glasgow this fall, they hope to rekindle pivotal negotiations on global climate that were dampened during the pandemic. The UK government is strongly recommending that all convention participants be fully vaccinated. Transcript.

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COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protocols for Government Prime Contractors and Subcontractors: What It Means for Your Business

Arnold Porter

As we previously reported , President Biden issued an executive order on September 9, 2021 charting a path for implementing COVID-19 safeguards for government contractors (EO). 25, 2021).]] © Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 2021 All Rights Reserved.

Getting the Mandate Straight: COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protocols for Government Prime Contractors & Subcontractors

Arnold Porter

Following President Biden's executive order charting a path for implementing COVID-19 safeguards for government contractors, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued OMB-approved guidance on September 24. The extensive guidance includes vaccine mandates for government contractors and subcontractors.

What Does My State Treasurer Have to Do with Climate Change?

Union of Concerned Scientists

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