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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Governments Must Choose to Support or Restructure Heavily Indebted Firms

IMFBlog

Corporate vulnerabilities will be exposed as governments scale back the fiscal support that they extended to stricken firms at the height of the crisis. Governments face difficult decisions as they manage these risks to the economic recovery.

Emerging-Market Banks’ Government Debt Holdings Pose Financial Stability Risks

IMFBlog

Banks’ holdings of sovereign debt rise to a record as governments spend to cushion pandemic impact. The pandemic has left emerging-market banks holding record levels of government debt, increasing the odds that pressures on public-sector finances could threaten financial stability.

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.

‘Governance’ Impacts Corporate Credit Most among ESG Issues, Report Finds

Environment + Energy Leader

A report from Fitch Ratings shows that governance is the most impactful of ESG topics in terms of corporate credit ratings. The post ‘Governance’ Impacts Corporate Credit Most among ESG Issues, Report Finds appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Protecting the Integrity of Government Science

Environmental News Bits

As called for in the 2021 Presidential Memorandum, it assesses scientific integrity policies of Federal departments and agencies and instances in which they have not been followed or enforced, and it identifies effective practices for strengthening scientific… Read more → Communicating science Federal government PublicationsDownload the document and read Nature’s take on it. This report is the first product of the SI-FTAC.

Governing Emissions Trading in California and China

Legal Planet

The post Governing Emissions Trading in California and China appeared first on Legal Planet. Carbon markets are at a crossroads. As of 2021, 30 emissions trading systems were in force globally, covering 16 – 17 % of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Falsified Government Water Quality Tests Highlight Need for More Federal Scientists

Union of Concerned Scientists

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and further reporting on the issue by E&E news, thousands of water quality sample tests were falsified at the agency’s National Water Quality Laboratory.

Scientist climate protests call out government inaction

Inhabitant

Last week, scientists worldwide held protests to pressure government agencies to address rapid climate change. The scientists say leaders must make drastic cuts to significantly reduce emissions before it's too late. Climate protests came following a United Nations report saying the world has just three years to act. According to the report, failure to make “rapid and deep” emissions reductions will cause severe climate disasters

Environmental Groups Say Ontario Government Violated Environmental Rights – Again

Enviromental Defense

This is not the first time that the Government of Ontario has violated the EBR’s public consultation requirements. The Government of Ontario is a repeat offender. The government has chosen once again to ignore the rule of law and expedite development at any cost.

Governance for Distressed Companies

Arnold Porter

Bernstein discusses the special importance of corporate governance for stressed or distressed companies, and in insolvency situations. Arnold & Porter’s Michael L.

As Deforestation Grows in the Brazilian Savanna, Government Ends Monitoring

Yale E360

Following that announcement, an INPE researcher said the government would stop monitoring deforestation in the Cerrado, owing to a lack of funds.

Federal Government Breaks Promise To Label Products Containing Toxics

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – The federal government announced today that they will delay action on requiring disclosure of toxic ingredients on labels of consumer products.

Analysis: What challenges face Chile’s new ‘environmentalist’ government?

A Greener Life

President-elect Gabriel Boric’s new government must address issues of decarbonisation, water crisis and lithium nationalisation, all while rewriting the country’s constitution. Other names of ministers also give a glimpse of the government’s intended environmental character.

Offshore wind dominates the agenda as the UK government announces £265 million renewables subsidy scheme 

A Greener Life

Ahead of COP26, the UK government has signalled its support for climate action by announcing a £265 million renewables support scheme. . The government has announced that £265 million per year will be set aside for low-carbon projects in the scheme’s fourth year.

Short-Changing Michigan Local Governments Has Resulted in Deteriorating Water Systems and Other Services

Circle of Blue

Short-Changing Michigan Local Governments Has Resulted in Deteriorating Water Systems and Other Services. Getting enough money from the state and federal governments to help maintain city services has become a struggle for many Michigan municipalities.

Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time

Scientific American

A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Mind & Brain Mental Health Neurology

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?

UK environment watchdog rebukes government for slow action on nature

New Scientist

Cross-government support for the 25-year environment plan lacks the gravitas or urgency of the UK’s net zero goal, says the Office for Environmental Protection

UK government backs plan to harvest solar power from space

New Scientist

Science minister George Freeman says he will not write a cheque for pioneering plans to beam energy down from a solar array in orbit but the UK government will offer its support

Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support

Environmental Leader

The post Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. As support grows to reduce waste, the plastic recycling industry is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the next few years.

The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation

Environmental News Bits

… Continue reading The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation. by Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, University of Florida; Cynthia S. Simmons, University of Florida, and Robert T.

Federal government efforts to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants

Environmental News Bits

Read the full post from the Government Accountability Office. Today’s WatchBlog post looks at two of … Continue reading Federal government efforts to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Governments Need Agile Fiscal Policies as Food and Fuel Prices Spike

IMFBlog

Our latest Fiscal Monitor discusses how governments, faced with record debt and rising borrowing costs, can best respond to the urgent needs. Governments are under pressure to deal with the rising energy and food prices.

Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral

Environmental Leader

A new executive order calls for the US government to be carbon neutral by 2050. The post Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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

Ontario government relying on climate change deniers in court case against youth

Enviromental Defense

The youth are arguing that the Government of Ontario violated their charter rights when it rolled back targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This Ontario government has been playing pretend on climate for years, and now we know why.

Can we govern large-scale green infrastructure for multiple water benefits?

Legal Planet

In a recently published paper , we explore the emerging possibilities of green infrastructure through a governance lens, focusing on large scale implementation. The road to innovation invariably runs straight through institutions and governance.

We need a government in Ontario that cares about climate change – and will do something about it

Enviromental Defense

After having phased out coal and successfully decreased pollution between 2005 and 2017, emissions started to rise again in 2018 – when the current government came into power. The current Ontario Government’s record.

A year in review of industry and government action on PFAS

Environmental News Bits

Here’s a review of what’s been happening this 12 months or so around … Continue reading A year in review of industry and government action on PFAS. Read the full story at Waste360. The past year has been busy in the space of action around polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—from the proposal or adoption of federal and state policies, down to individual companies’ moves away from reliance on these toxic chemicals.

Government supports efforts to reduce food waste and enhance sustainability

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced up to $1,545,000 in funding for Outcast Foods Inc. to expand their operations in food waste reduction that upcycles surplus and unsaleable fruits and vegetables from growers, processors and retailers into dried, plant-based powders and… Read more → Canada Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Start-ups

Local Government Associations File Brief to the Supreme Court in Support of EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority

Law Columbia

As of now, there is no rule governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants in effect under Section 111(d). By Jacob Elkin. Today, the Sabin Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in West Virginia v.

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

Ebook – Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): Tools to Support an Interactive, Metrics Driven, Real-Time Roadmap

Capaccio Environmental

This eBook, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): Tools to Support an Interactive, Metrics Driven, Real-Time Roadmap will guide you. .

Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral

Environmental Leader

A new executive order calls for the US government to be carbon neutral by 2050. The post Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Government brings forward Environment Bill

Green Alliance

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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.

Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support

Environmental Leader

The post Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. As support grows to reduce waste, the plastic recycling industry is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the next few years.

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.

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

Can the government just take my land?

Stack Environment

Nevertheless, under certain conditions, the government can take some or all of your property, even if you do not agree to it. It is true that local, state or even federal government agencies can acquire land from private citizens if it is for the use of the public good. The Constitution even addresses this right, called eminent domain, by insisting that governments provide fair compensation for any land they take.

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Embedding sustainability in risk management: The impact of environmental, social, and governance ratings on corporate financial risk

Environmental News Bits

“Embedding sustainability in risk management: The impact of environmental, social, and governance ratings on corporate financial risk.” Landi, G. Iandolo, F., Renzi, A., & Rey, A. 2022).