Politics & Policy

Not just talk: policy leads to law which leads to action, but the politics behind going green are complicated.

The Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Medill News Service)

Northwestern University
The recent government shutdown’s effect on climate research could have unfortunate consequences in the near future, according to climate scientists.

House members listen to testimony from climate change experts at a committee hearing on February 13, 2019. (Brock Hall/Medill)

Northwestern University
Democrats on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee invited experts on Wednesday to lay out climate change concerns before their sometimes skeptical Republican colleagues in the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sunrise co-founder and Executive Director Varshini Prakash on Feb. 5, 2019. (Medill)

Northwestern University
At the State of the Union on Feb. 5, President Donald Trump never mentioned environmental issues and climate change, Medill's Kietryn Zychal reports.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is one of the most-visited national parks. (Photos by Colton Stevens/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
As our national parks suffer in the wake of the government shutdown, I reflect on why national parks matter to me, and why they should matter to you, too.

GW School of Medicine student Harleen Marwah at the UN-FAO in Rome. (Planet Forward)

George Washington University
Next in our four-part series, A Zero Hunger Future, GW School of Medicine student Harleen Marwah looks at the health sector’s role in the United Nations’ talks on achieving global food security.

(Photos by Colton Stevens/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
In a fight that extends from a small, native Alaskan village all the way to Washington, short-term economic benefits clash with long-term environmental responsibility.
EPA Washington DC

The Environmental Protection Agency has been running under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, formerly the deputy administrator, since Scott Pruitt resigned in July 2018. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Middlebury College
Meet Andrew Wheeler, the quieter, more potent follow-up to Scott Pruitt's tumultuous EPA reign. But at more than 100 days out, the agency has not confirmed the acting administrator.
Nebraska's PBS & NPR stations
As the nation finds itself recovering from yet another record-setting and devastating hurricane, NET’s “On the Table” looks at how farmers and ranchers receive federal disaster relief.
San Francisco sunset

San Francisco at sunset. (Vicki Deng/Reed College)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
What will the world look like if science gets lost in the reds and blues when it is most needed? As politics and science stray from each other, scientists must inject themselves into the political conversation to save our planet.
Nebraska's PBS & NPR stations
In Episode 5 of NET's “On the Table,” we grapple with the shift toward polarization in American politics. Today’s political landscape is marked by partisan ideology and the farm bill is no exception.

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