Farmer working with marijuana plants

In the cannabis patch, a patchwork of safety standards

Although 35 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use, there still are no uniform standards for regulating potentially harmful contaminants in cannabis products.

OSHA blamed for going AWOL during COVID-19

Since the pandemic began, OSHA reports that it has received over 10,000 complaints from workers concerned about a lack of protections against the coronavirus. But six months into the crisis the agency had issued citations to just two employers.

Power plant cooling towers

The slow-walking switch to clean energy

In January, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that most new electric power generation in 2020 would come from wind and solar. A few months and a national crisis later, renewable prospects are perhaps shining even brighter, as government projections show that for the first time renewable power is likely to produce more electricity than coal in 2020.