LEAD FEATURE ❧ The notion of businesses tackling climate change on their own, for financial reasons or for the public good, is fraught with assumptions that prove false on examination. But companies could still play a much more active role in transitioning to a low-carbon future.
With SIDEBARs by a progressive businessman and a leading scholar.
CENTERPIECE ❧ Federal environmental enforcement is threatened under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, echoing the Anne Gorsuch years. But enforcement provides the force that is needed both in achieving compliance and in encouraging responsible companies to innovate and reduce costs.
COVER STORY ❧ The companies best prepared to reap the benefits of a waste-free society will be those that understand that the traditional linear model of resource extraction to disposal is ultimately unsustainable. Leadership businesses are powering the transition.
With SIDEBARs by a leading expert, a businesswoman, and an NGO official
TESTIMONY ❧ As humanity confronts the greatest challenges in its history, society must realize that legal principles are fundamental to realizing our aspirations while avoiding planetary catastrophe.
HEADNOTE ❧ Over the decades, states have developed the expertise and capacity for ensuring environmental protection. With the Trump administration’s proposed downsizing of EPA’s budget and staffing and renewed focus on states, decisionmakers and stakeholders have a timely opportunity to rethink the paradigm of cooperative federalism and environmental protection.
Pruitt’s “Sue and Settle” directive unsettles activists, gratifies states.
By his acts, Administrator Pruitt endorses the Club of Rome report.
Reports: cities need to plan now for flooding from sea-level rise.
A shift in the air, as transportation moves to a lower-carbon future.
Justice Gorsuch faces a case where neither choice is entirely satisfactory.
Grappling with the “power to delay” as regulations undergo changes.
Benefits and difficulties of policy linkage under the Paris Agreement.
Of econs and humans — theory, moral licensing, and crowding out.
Oliver Houck on water and grass in the American West.
News on deaths from pollution, warming gets even worse.
Colleagues' new jobs, promotions, and achievements.
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner wins 2017 ELI Award.