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Precipitation in Rhode Island Has Risen by Just Over a Foot in 100 Years

Precipitation in Rhode Island Has Risen by Just Over a Foot in 100 Years

May 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

POLITIFACT 05/14/15 By C. Eugene Emery Jr. People who warn that humanity is dramatically changing Earth’s climate invoke several indicators to prove their point. They note the rise in sea levels, the increase in global temperature and the growing acidification of the oceans. In a May 1, 2015, commentary in […]

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Decent Jobs, Social Justice for All Hold Key to Sustainable Development

Decent Jobs, Social Justice for All Hold Key to Sustainable Development

April 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

UNITED NATIONS 03/30/15 The day’s third panel discussion was entitled, “Voices from the real economy”.  Moderated by Michael Shank, Director of Media Strategy, Climate Nexus, and Senior Fellow, JustJobs Network, it featured Nomvuzo Shabalala, Deputy Mayor of Durban, South Africa; Sanjay Kumar, Director, Self-Employed Women’s Association, Bharat, India; Vicenta Trotman, […]

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United States Faces Uncertain Water Future as Drought Expands

United States Faces Uncertain Water Future as Drought Expands

March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

ABC NEWS 03/30/15 By Nikolai Beilharz Drought in California in the United States is now in its fourth year, and some environmental groups say there is not enough political momentum and interest to address the problem. The water shortage has organisations like Climate Nexus, a not-for-profit group focusing on climate […]

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Congressional Briefing Looks at Water on Tap

Congressional Briefing Looks at Water on Tap

March 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

UUSC 02/27/15 On Thursday, February 26, UUSC joined with a group of concerned lawmakers to sponsor a congressional briefing about water affordability and accessibility in the United States, where average water prices have risen some 33% since 2010. Panelists offered a pointed, concerned, and still hopeful look at the trouble […]

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Partnerships Vital for New Development Scheme

Partnerships Vital for New Development Scheme

March 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

UNITED NATIONS 02/27/15 Expanding the United Nations’ partnerships — with Governments, business, the philanthropic community, civil society and academia — would be central to effectively implement the new development agenda, Martin Sajdik, President of the Economic and Social Council, told the 54-member body today, as delegates evaluated how to harness […]

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Drinking Water: A Human Right at Risk in America

Drinking Water: A Human Right at Risk in America

February 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 02/25/15 By Rep John Conyers On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., I will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a national human rights organization, for an important hearing on how federal, state and local agencies can come […]

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Climate Change: America’s Stance Before the Paris Summit

Climate Change: America’s Stance Before the Paris Summit

February 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

FRENCH CONSULATE 02/18/15 The United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris next December will be a decisive step in our global fight against climate change because it aims at striking a global climate agreement enabling us to limit global warming to below 2°C. Building on the work […]

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9/11 Forever (and Ever)

9/11 Forever (and Ever)

January 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

NATIONAL INTEREST 01/21/15 By Daniel L. Davis The Stanford and NYU Law Schools jointly conducted a probe of the effectiveness of American drone strikes.  In the 2012 executive summary of Living Under Drones, the authors state that after “nine months of intensive research—including two investigations in Pakistan, more than 130 […]

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The End of the Partisan Divide Over Climate Change

The End of the Partisan Divide Over Climate Change

January 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm

FORBES 01/18/15 By Tom Zeller Among the GOP’s liberal and moderate wings, roughly two-thirds were convinced that global warming is real — a fact that has even Republican pollsters arguing that the GOP risks its future by continuing to deny basic climate science on Capitol Hill. Indeed, as Michael Shank […]

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Is the Time Right for a Gas-Tax Hike?

Is the Time Right for a Gas-Tax Hike?

January 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 01/07/15 By Clare Foran (@ckmarie), Jason Plautz (@jason_plautz) and Ben Geman (@ben_geman) WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING IS THE TIME RIGHT FOR A GAS-TAX HIKE? As gas prices continue to fall, policy wonks are eyeing a potential increase in the federal gas tax. But will there be a political […]

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