There’s a lot we don’t know about what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is up to these days, as he recently spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to have a “cone of silence” placed around his desk. We don’t know exactly what he’s saying, but it’s not hard to guess. Especially since a freedom of information request revealed who he is whispering to--fossil fuel executives, on a regular basis.
FROM THE EDITOR
Canadian Climate Change Program Promises Big Impact
In the Quietly Making Progressive News department . . . our eminently sensible neighbors to the north are engaging in innovative research into sustainable agriculture. The federal Canadian government is sponsoring 20 new projects with the CD$27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across the country, reports Markets Insider. The goal? “The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.” The AGGP investments support the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, a group of 49 countries working to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. (Agriculture, along with forestry, account for 30% of global GHG emissions.) Innovative, collective, government-backed action to deal with climate change: anybody in the US polity interested?
John Howell, Editorial Director
ReportAlert: NAB releases 2017 Sustainability Report
ReportAlert: Marsh & McLennan Companies issues 2015-2016 Corporate Citizenship Report
ReportAlert: Westpac Group publishes 2017 Sustainability Performance Report
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Wireless social tech wizards have a new chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes from the Vodafone Americas Foundation. The organization recently announced the 10th edition of its annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP) in the context of SOCAP17 in San Francisco.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) In the US right now, less than 25 percent of schools teach computer science-related courses. Yet in less than five years, there will be one million more jobs requiring computer science skills.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing trend among large companies to include corporate responsibility information in their financial reports. The vast majority (78 percent) of the world’s top companies (G250) now do this, indicating that they believe CR data is relevant for their investors.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) –Remanufacturing is an important subset of the circular economy – enabling products, components and valuable resources to be kept at their highest use for agreater period of time. The current value of global e-waste alone represents $52 billion worth of potentially reusable resources, apart from the significant savings possible in terms of energy, emissions, water and waste.