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What Does Scalia’s Passing Mean for the ‘Paused’ Clean Power Plan?

America’s first regulation aimed at reigning in carbon pollution from our nation’s power sector may avoid some of the increasing politicization of our legal system in part due to the sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.America’s first regulation aimed at reigning in carbon pollution from our nation’s power sector may avoid some of the increasing politicization of our legal system in part due to the sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A staunch conservative who sided more often with industry plaintiffs than with environmental advocates, Justice Scalia left a lasting legacy in environmental cases by offering strict interpretations for what constitutes “legal standing” and “harm.”

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What the Paris climate agreement means for Georgia

Regardless of the technical details and absence of sanctioned enforcement controls, the recently concluded Paris talks on global climate mark a noteworthy achievement — an historic milestone that deserves being understood, avidly supported, and celebrated.

First, according to all attending, the session gained unprecedented legitimacy among national representatives who agreed that the climate is a major problem and humanity must give high priority to getting it under control. The agreement for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) was signed by nations producing over 99 percent of those heat-trapping emissions.

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Misguided Dietary Guidelines?

The new Dietary Guidelines disappoint nutrition experts who had hoped for sustainability recommendations.

The new Dietary Guidelines disappoint nutrition experts who had hoped for sustainability recommendations.

The recently released dietary guidelines—which were put together by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—are creating a lot of controversy.

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Pollution Prevention: Where Sustainability Begins

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s true—stopping something bad from happening is easier than fixing it later. This is the core concept behind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution prevention efforts. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of.

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Solar can bring together political left, right

Solar can bring together political left, rightI’ve heard Duke Energy being referred to as the devil in the past – this was mostly among environmentalists who believe that the corporation’s bullying tactics and undying love for fossil fuels is not in the best interests of ordinary North Carolinians.

But their recent actions against a small church in Greensboro leaves one to wonder if the moniker isn’t true. Duke is pulling out the stops as it goes after this church and the nonprofit organization that helped them install solar on their roof because it infringes on their monopoly, asking for a $1,000 per day penalty. One could say that the company has finally gone over the line as this time they’re going after God.

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Sustainable Economics for Savvy Business Leaders

Whether you’re running a business or a household, balancing capital costs with operating expenses is one of the most integral elements of your spending strategy. Yet too often, the product and service choices that we make overlook lifetime analysis for the seductive appeal of low upfront cost. Remember the time you purchased the discount coffeemaker for the office kitchen that didn’t last 6 months? We’ve all done it. The lowest cost choice can equate to lower quality – resulting in failures, insufficient performance, shorter lifetime, limited functionality and an array of other compromises to your overall experience. The fluorescent light shown in this video is a prime example of this.

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