Latest Sustainable development News

Maine broadband authority's new head is coastal specialist

Sep. 30, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The new chair of an authority that seeks to expand broadband in Maine is a policy specialist from an organization that works on sustainability for Maine's island and coastal communities. Nick Battista, senior policy officer at Island Institute, is the chair of ConnectMaine Authority,...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Masks required at Maine day cares; island cases cause worry

Aug. 4, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

UNITY, Maine (AP) — Staff and children at Maine's day care facilities must now wear masks per new guidelines from the state. The guidelines require mask use for children ages 5 and older and recommend it for those 2 through 4, WCSH-TV reported. The new rules went into effect on Monday. The Maine Office of...