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Environmental, social, and governance business standards and principles, often referred to as ESG, are becoming both more commonplace and controversial.

But what does “ESG” really mean?

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Digihost takeover of NY gas plant for crypto mining invites lawsuit

The environmental group Earthjustice has filed suit against New York state regulators, arguing that their decision to let a Canadian cryptocurrency mine take over a natural gas power plant violates the state’s climate protection law.

Big money, new laws, old divisions

New Mexico heads into its 56th legislative session today, and while much of the early talk from legislators and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham centers on money for childhood development programs, other social programs and tax rebates, the big background story of this year’s session is oil and gas money and how the state is going to spend it.

Heavy storms have been taxing California's levees. Are they up to the task?

NPR's A Martinez talks to Jay Lund, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis, about the aging system, and how climate change could lead to more breaches.

The right words are crucial to solving climate change

Speaking to people’s priorities can build the will needed to implement climate solutions.

Will California’s shift to electric vehicles work?

California enacted a historic mandate to replace gasoline cars with electric vehicles within 12 years. But can the state meet its deadline?

New Bay Area maps show hidden flood risk from sea level rise and groundwater

Amid dramatic ocean swells and drenching atmospheric rivers, a new report lays bare a hidden aspect of sea level rise that has been exacerbating flooding in the Bay Area.

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