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June 29, 2015 Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

Source: Mother Jones

Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural...

June 29, 2015 The euro is an experiment in making a currency without a government. That’s why it’s in trouble.

Source: Washington Post

The European Union appears to be on the brink of an unprecedented rupture. After months of meetings between the 19 E.U. states that use the euro, Greece broke off talks ahead of a June 30 deadline for continued financing of their...

June 25, 2015 California Is Running On Empty

Source: NewsWeek

A 40 million person California is an iffy place. It is entirely dependent on a sophisticated, man-created infrastructure of dams, reservoirs, canals, pumps, freeways, rail lines, airports and schools and universities.

June 22, 2015 Five horsemen of the euro’s future

Source: Politico

A so-called “five presidents’ report” obtained by POLITICO includes calls for a eurozone finance minister and stricter controls over the budgets of the 19 countries, including Greece, that use the single currency.

June 22, 2015 EDITORIAL: Consumers have right to know where their food comes from

Big News Network - Itâs often right on the label.Foreign growers and packers, not so much. Sometimes they donât want the shopper to know where it comes from. This week the îWorld Trade Organizationî is >...

June 19, 2015 Demote Hamilton on the $10 Bill? Not So Fast, Treasury

Source: NY Times

The Treasury Department has announced that it intends to redesign the $10 bill and substitute a portrait of a famous American woman for Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers. Many people think it’s about time a woman...

June 17, 2015 On climate change, ideological and partisan polarization hardens

Source: Washington Post

Later this week, Pope Francis will reportedly make a moral case for combating climate change, arguing that it is mostly a problem created by humans and that we must make fundamental lifestyle and energy consumption changes to...

June 12, 2015 Congress, Pay Attention to This Carbon Tax Bill

Source: Bloomberg

The challenge to prevent climate change is daunting for its scale. How can society change human behavior widely enough to stop the accumulation of atmosphere-warming gases -- without swelling the government or ruining the economy?

June 11, 2015 How California Could Have Avoided Its Epic Water Crisis - text/video


California's water crisis is the disaster everybody saw coming but nobody had the political will to stop. It's the byproduct of a broken system that's dominated by self-serving elites and misguided ideologues. Or so says Joel...

June 10, 2015 Hawaii Is Aiming for 100 Percent Energy Renewables. Can the Nation Follow?

Source: NewsWeek

With Hawaii Governor David Ige’s signature, a 30-year countdown begins. By 2045, Hawaii’s utilities must generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. This makes the 50th state the first to set its sights on a...

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