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Today’s Solutions: June 25, 2024

From pilot to policy: a closer

From pilot to policy: a closer look at guaranteed income initiatives in the US

Michael D. Tubbs, mayor of Stockton, California, initiated a daring experiment in February 2019. He randomly selected 125 residents at or below the city's median household income to receive $500 a month for 24 months. Two years later, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, as the pilot Read More...

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As Iceland’s whaling industry decreases, its whale-watching increases

It’s nice when the economically responsible thing to do is also the right thing to do. Iceland announced in February its intentions to end whaling by 2024 because demand for whale meat has decreased significantly.  “There is little proof that there is any economic advantage to this Read More...

In a world-first, England will

In a world-first, England will require all new homes to have EV chargers

With people’s garages increasingly housing electric cars rather than gas-powered ones, there is also a growing need for adequate charging infrastructure for these vehicles. Well aware of that, the British government has decided to introduce legislation that will require all new homes and offices Read More...

New Mexico added to growing li

New Mexico added to growing list of states to legalize recreational cannabis

Another state has decided to legalize the recreational use of cannabis this week, bringing the total of states to have done so since last November to seven. New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that will make the legalization of recreational marijuana official. The Read More...

Getting a law passed is compli

Getting a law passed is complicated. This accelerator is helping activists do it

The idea of creating a law to address a specific issue, let alone trying to get it passed in Congress, seems awfully overwhelming—especially if you don’t know where to begin. Yet if you want to make real change as an activist, the best thing you can do is get a law passed in order to change Read More...

Toilet-to-tap-water policy inc

Toilet-to-tap-water policy inching closer to a realistic plan in parched California

California’s aquifers and reservoirs are being drained as the state suffers through its fourth year of drought. Regulators recently started working on the permitting framework for seawater desalination projects. Simultaneously, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption Read More...

California lays the groundwork

California lays the groundwork for seawater desalination rules

In its fourth year of drought, with depleted aquifers and compromised farming communities, California is moving forward to securing the Pacific Ocean as a new source of water supplies. Assuming that the future will not look like the past, regulators started working on the regulatory framework for Read More...

The buck starts here

The buck starts here

Want a quicker exit from the financial crisis? Create new consumers by putting money into the hands of the lowest earners. David Servan-Schreiber | July/August 2010 issue We need more than multinationals to achieve economic Read More...