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Update on Zika in Continental United States

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Honein , Chief of the Birth Defects Branch of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives an update on the prevalence and effects of the Zika virus in the Continental United States in an interview on National Public Radio. Listen here to this four-minute interview...

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Scientists Have Just Detected a Major Change in Earth's Oceans Linked to a Warming Climate

February 15, 2017, the Washington Post writes: A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine...

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Beijing Air Pollution Linked to Coal-Powered Steel Production

February 16, 2017, the New York Times writes: Despite promises to cut steel overcapacity, China actually brought more steel production online last year, resulting in a surge in air pollution in northern China, especially around Beijing, according to a report released this week by Greenpeace East Asia. The growth in...

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Sustainability: It's More Than Just Climate Change

A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five memb ers of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models that are used to inform environmental, climate, and economic policies. The most important inadequately-modeled variables are...

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Energy Companies Face Crude Reality: Better to Leave It in the Ground

Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2017 writes: A new era of low crude prices and stricter regulations on climate change is pushing energy companies and resource-rich governments to confront the possibility that some fossil-fuel resources will remain in the ground indefinitely. In a signal that the prospect is growing more...

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Conservatives Make the Case for Action on Climate Change

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker Prominent Republicans — from former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson to the former chair of the board of Walmart — are urging the White House and Congress to adopt a new market-based plan to address climate change. It establishes a carbon tax...

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

The Climate Leadership Council is releasing a paper today, Wednesday, February 8th. The plan outlines an economically savvy strategy that will support the U.S. fossil fuel industry's transition to the globally competitive renewable energy market. Co-authors of the report include James A. Baker III, Treasury secretary for President Ronald Reagan...

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2016 is the Hottest Year on Record

NOAA and NASA analyses both indicate that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally . NOAA’s calculation shows the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 1.69°F (0.94°C) above the 20th century average. NASA indicated a temperature 1.82°F (1.01°C) above that average. The calculations between the two...

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A Pure Initiative in Bangladesh

Kazi Amdadul Hoque, one of ESRAG's directors, writes: Dear Friends: You know Bangladesh is in a big trap for climatic and climate change affects. The south - west coastal regions of Bangladesh have been experiencing acute shortage of safe drinking water and increase in salinity intrusion in surface and ground...

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Incoming RI President challenges Rotary clubs to make a difference

Incoming Rotarian International President Ian Riseley announced his theme for 2017-2018 at the International Assembly in San Diego, California. Rotary: Making a Difference! As reported on Rotary International's website , he said, "“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and...

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