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Creating a Common Narrative for Financing a Sustainable Urban Future

Mark Watts | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Mark Watts

This article was coauthored by Mark Watts, Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and Brandee McHale, President of t...

Putting Clean Water to Work

Marc Yaggi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Marc Yaggi

As we celebrate World Water Day, it is important to recognize not only the vital role clean water plays in the functioning of the Earth's ecosystems, ...

Will The U.S. Ever Get Rid Of Its Lead Pipes?

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, reminded Americans that millions of homes across the country receive drinking water from...

Top 25 Illinois Counties With the Most Bridges in Poor Condition

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.11.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are nearly 27,000 bridges across Illinois. And according to the Federal Highway Administration's 2015 data, 8 percent of them are considered "st...

Building Resilient Cities in a Changing Climate

Katharine Hayhoe | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Katharine Hayhoe

In a rapidly changing climate, using the rearview mirror to inform future planning doesn't work. And today, climate is changing at a pace we humans have never experienced before.

Why Are Governments Struggling to Prop the World's Economy?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

"Out of ammo", "helicopter money", "monetary impotence", "infrastructure push", "savings glut". These are the kind of strange handles economists are u...

What Does India's 2016 Budget Mean for Jobs?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 03.03.2016 | World
Sabina Dewan

Budget Day in India is met with intense scrutiny and heightened chatter among the pundits and political class in New Delhi. JustJobs Network's staff based in India shared their reactions to the new budget.

Presidential Candidates, the Economy and Entrepreneurship

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Jack Nadel

It's still a long way to the November elections. In the meantime, I would ask my fellow Americans to pose the right questions that can put us on the road to a growing middle class, a more rational defense budget, and improved and sustainable living conditions for all.

What Austerity Is Doing to Our Infrastructure

Donald Cohen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

One of the lessons from Flint is that austerity -- i.e., reducing government deficits by any means except raising taxes -- has real consequences, especially for low-income families. Government didn't cause the crisis -- government run like a business did.

Republican Sabotage Works

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We need to awaken ourselves to the danger our nation faces: A shrinking group of privileged bullies seeks to extend and secure its power by keeping the rest of us at one another's throats.

Putting the "Real" Into Sustainable Real-Estate: How One Tech Company is Positioned to Tackle a Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Mark Coleman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

Half of the world's 7.4 billion people live in cities. According to research by the United Nations, in 2050 more than 70% of the world's population (p...

Repairing America's Broken Compact to Keep Us Healthy, Safe

Kim Glas | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Kim Glas

If we can find that common humanity and create the will to deliver justice (and clean water) to the people of Flint, we can certainly build an unstoppable movement focused on repairing America's infrastructure.

The Presidential Candidates Should Make Public Health a Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The presidential candidates should be talking about their commitments to public health. On March 6th, the Democrats will hold a debate in Flint, a perfect location for this discussion. But both parties should be making public health a top priority.

The Sanders "Economic Plan" Controversy

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our economy is currently resisting treacherous global economic conditions. It is in the interest of the rest of the world for the U.S. to play this role. And that is exactly what Sanders' proposals do.

Reinvesting in Infrastructure Would Boost State Economies

Elizabeth McNichol | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth McNichol

State and local investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure has fallen to a 30-year low. Reversing this decline is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery -- and it's an especially good time for states to do it, as we explain in a new paper.

No More Fleecing in Flint

Peter C. Frank | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Peter C. Frank

Democratic Presidential Candidate and US Senator Bernie Sanders's (I-VT) voice was raw in conviction as he detoured from his standard stump speech and began an hour-long, impassioned oration with a radical suggestion for bringing accountability to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

AT&T & Verizon, With the FCC, Blocked My Access to Critical Broadband Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and Verizon, with the help of the FCC, have 'run out the clock', blocking me from examining the newly collected data from companies that purchase 'special access' services from AT&T and Verizon.

Is Bernie Sanders Promising 'Free Stuff' to Buy Votes?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Corporate conservatives have taken notice of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and have started accusing him of "buying votes" by "promising" "free stuff." Is it true? Here are some examples of what the corporate/billionaire-funded right is saying.

No More Flints

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The dangerous water consumed by residents of Flint, MI is the canary in the coal mine of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Poisoned water endangers the health or millions of Americans, especially children, and jeopardizes state and national economic vibrancy.

If Low Taxes Means Poisoning Children, You Can Count Me Out

Spencer Critchley | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

If trying to keep every dollar I can requires that infrastructure crumble and children suffer, I not only don't need the extra money, I don't want it.

How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Cheap gasoline raises the perennial question over how the U.S. funds its transportation infrastructure -- a key rationale behind Obama's proposed oil tax. And it makes electric vehicles (EVs) and biofuels less competitive on price, hindering U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. Can the U.S. continue to fund upkeep of its infrastructure and reduce emissions from transportation?

Falling Interest Rates and Government Investment

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

To see what's happening to the trend of public funding costs, we try to remove cyclical fluctuations (which also removes the impact of most monetary policy actions) by looking at forward interest rates.

It's Time to Re-Build, Re-Train, and Rejuvenate America

Sean McGarvey | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Sean McGarvey

With business elites and political leaders from both parties decisively believing that the issue of income inequality and the erosion of the American middle class pose considerable threats, then the time is surely right to engage in the pursuit of workable solutions to those problems.

Pivoting and Disruption @ VerdeXChange 2016

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With two kids in college and one on her way soon enough, I can't afford to go back to school. Besides, I never liked taking exams and sharing my room ...

"It's Obama's Fault," In Rhyme

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

If one believes nay-saying conservatives: It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD, For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee. It's Obama's ...