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Understanding reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

16 Aug 15:23 | World

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate more »

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led To Recent Streak Of Record-Breaking Temperatures

14 Aug 12:00 | World

It is "extremely unlikely" 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new more »

Greenify your commute in September

12 Aug 11:04 | U.S. News

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It's our biggest challenge yet, are you in?

12 Aug 11:03 | SciTech

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Are you up for Team Sierra's biggest challenge yet?

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Exploring strategies to decarbonize electricity

10 Aug 17:00 | SciTech

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and the way we generate and use electricity now is a major contributor to that issue. To solve it, we need to find a way to eliminate the carbon emissions associated with our electricity as quickly and as cheaply as possible.Many analysts have come up with a number of possible solutions: renewable energy plus increased energy storage capacity, nuclear power, carbon capture and sequestration from fossil fuels, or a mixture of these. But we realized that the different answers came from different assumptions that people were making about what combination of those technologies and policies would lead to a positive change.To help our team understand these dynamics, we created a tool that allows us to quickly see how different assumptions—wind, solar, coal, nuclear, for example—affect the future cost to generate electricity and the amount of carbon dioxide emitteread more »

Appalachian Trail Threatened by Pipelines

9 Aug 05:48 | SciTech

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Florida, here's a way to support wind energy

8 Aug 09:09 | U.S. News

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Editorial: “Someone Just Noticed That Trump Is Getting Stuff Done”

7 Aug 11:40 | World

“After weeks and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January. Lo and behold, they discovered that it’s getting a lot done.” Someone Just Noticed That Trump Is Getting Stuff Done Editorial Investor’s Business Daily August 5, 2017 Achievements: After weeks and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January. Lo and behold, they discovered that it’s getting a lot done. …  Border crossings, for example, have plummeted, even though all Trump has done so far is promise to enforce existing laws. The Supreme Court approved parts of Trump’s travel ban, a success made possible by Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the bench. Trump is bread more »

Press Releases: Communication Regarding Intent To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

4 Aug 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 4, 2017 Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms thread more »

Two Degrees Of Warming Already Baked In

3 Aug 2017 | World

Even if humans could instantly turn off all our emissions of greenhouse gases, the Earth would continue to heat up about two more degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to a sophisticated new analysis published in Nature Climate Change. read more »

Deanne, keep up the pressure with MATCHING GIFT

30 Jul 2017 | SciTech

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Arctic Refuge Under Attack

26 Jul 2017 | SciTech

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Ancient Italian Fossils Reveal Risk of Parasitic Infections Due to Climate Change

20 Jul 2017 | SciTech

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HELP: Stop the Polluter-Driven Cap & Trade Bill Now!

17 Jul 2017 | SciTech

Dear Eric,

Every so often, a bill evolves that is so larded up with special "gifts" to polluters that just reading it is painful.

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Why A Single Nuke's Impact Shouldn't Only Be Measured In Megatons

14 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

As the notion of nuclear hostilities leaps from its old, Cold War perch into modern debate, new calculations by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers show that even a limited nuclear strike could have disastrous global more »

The High Five: The Seven Kingdoms at war and Floridians band together

14 Jul 2017 | SciTech

This week, we’re eagerly awaiting the return of “Game of Thrones,” where some alliances come together like Floridians at the beach and others break off like the Larsen C ice shelf. Here are five of this week’s top searches, with data from Google News Lab. My search has just begunThe Great War is here, and ahead of the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere, fans are getting ready for the episodes to come (some context: for the weeks leading up to their final seasons, “Game of Thrones” was searched 300% more than “Brearead more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia

14 Jul 2017 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump spoke today from Air Force One with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.  King Salman congratulated President Trump on the victory over ISIS in Mosul. The two leaders discussed recent diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute with Qatar and underscored the importance of following through on commitments from the Riyadh Summit.  In particular, the President emphasized the need to cut all funding for terrorism and discredit extremist ideology. read more »

Press Gaggle by Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert en route Newark, NJ | July 14, 2017

14 Jul 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Aboard Air Force One En Route Newark, New Jersey 3:01 P.M. CET  MR. BOSSERT:  So let me just start the conversation by saying that President Trump and President Macron had private conversations yesterday, but also an extended bilateral conversation.  And I wanted to talk you about that and give you a readout, and answer your questions if I might. Q    Did they discuss the role that Syrian Kurds might have in a future Syria after ISIS? MR. BOSSERT:  So, among other things in the bilateral conversation yesterday, the Presidents discussed Syria -- defeating ISIS in general, but Syria specifically; our desire to have a political solution outside and after our military solutions prevail.  They discussed counterterrorism in general, as it will be an enduring and ongoing problem after our defeat-ISIS campaign takes the physical caliphate from ISIS.  They discussed lread more »

Climate Change To Deplete Some US Water Basins Used For Irrigation

14 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change's impact on more »

Hit the road with these trending summer destinations

14 Jul 2017 | SciTech

We’re officially into summer vacation here in the U.S., which means it’s time to hit the road. We’ve collected the top destinations people are searching on Google Maps this summer, so you can find travel inspiration whether you want a hike, a city view or a ballgame. Take a peek at the top trending spots, and find the full lists of the top 15 destinations in three categories at the end of this post.America the BeautifulFourth of July may be over, but you can take a trip through our country’s history with these top searched landmarks. Start with the Liberty Bell (#10 on our list) or the Statue of Liberty (#4), both symbols of American independence, then swing into the nation’s capital to see the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Your next stop (covered wagon optional) might be the Gateway Arch, a monument to the country’s western expansion in the 19th century and a jumping off point into the Great Plains—Mount Ruread more »

Chasing Coral on Google Earth

14 Jul 2017 | SciTech

Editor’s Note: Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO at the Ocean Agency, talks about his quest to protect our oceans and the underwater journey with Street View that led to “Chasing Coral,” a new Netflix documentary.I am floating above a graveyard, millions of tiny skeletons below me. I am stunned, I am silent. I am witnessing a tragedy in progress. My camera clicks and whirrs, capturing a 360-degree picture of the devastation.The graveyard was once a thriving coral reef, one of our planet’s most gorgeous and awe-inspiring marvels and home to thousands of species. Colorful corals growing in all shapes and sizes, clownfish peeking out of every anemone. Up above, manta rays and turtles swam in lazy circles, scattering the great glittering schools of tiny blue fish.What happened? That’s the question “Chasing Coral” seeks to answer. The film, a read more »

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Passage of H.R. 2664, H.R. 2480, and H.R. 2200

12 Jul 2017 | US Politics and Govt

My Administration is focused on ending the horrific practice of human trafficking, and the three bills the House of Representatives passed today are important steps forward. Since taking office, I have met with courageous survivors, non-profit groups, and faith leaders who are devoting tremendous energy to raising awareness about human trafficking. I am hopeful that the Senate will take up and pass these three bills as soon as possible and I look forward to my continued work with the Congress on this important issue. read more »

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 7/12/2017

12 Jul 2017 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:24 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Earlier this afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded the confirmation hearing for Chris Wray, the President's nominee for FBI director.   During his hearing, Chris Wray continually displayed the strong character, deep knowledge, and moral integrity that make him, as former Democrat Senator Sam Nunn testified, "…the leader the [FBI] needs at this critical moment."  And the President looks forward to seeing this incredibly qualified nominee move through the Judiciary Committee and be swiftly confirmed by the full Senate.   Also, on the Hill today, three bills that represent important tools in combatting human trafficking are on the floor of the House for a vote.  H.R. 2200, which reauthorizes $130 million in funding for the prevention of human trafficking, protection of victims, and prosecutiread more »

U.S. EPA honors five Bay Area federal facilities for going green

12 Jul 2017 | SciTech

SAN FRANCISCO - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized five federal agencies—Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Labor and the Presidio Trust—for improving efficiency, saving resources and reducing costs at their Bay Area federal facilities as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC).

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Background Briefing on the President's Trip to France, 7/11/2017

11 Jul 2017 | SciTech

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  3:32 P.M. EDT AIDE:  Good afternoon.  For your recording purposes, this background briefing on the President’s upcoming foreign travel is off-camera and not for broadcast.  Attribution for your briefing is senior administration official.  This information will be embargoed until the conclusion of the briefing and we’ll release a transcript afterwards. Okay, so open remarks and when my colleague calls on you, please identify who you are, and your outlet, so he knows who he's speaking with.  Thanks.   SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So, good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks for being here.  For the next few minutes I’d like to brief you on the President’s upcoming trip to Paris later this week.   The President will arrive in Paris midmorning on Thursday, July 13th to conduct meetings with Presideread more »

Survey: United States uninsured population up by 2 million this year

10 Jul 2017 | SciTech

“The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. … That may be a reflection of rising premiums and dwindling choices in the insurance markets created under Obama.” Survey: US Uninsured Up By 2M This Year As Gains Erode By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press July 10, 2017 The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. … The Gallup-Sharecare survey serves as a kind of early indicator, publishing several months before the nimblest government surveys. The most recent government report found that progress reducing the number of uninsured stalled in 2016, after five consecutive years of coverage gains uread more »

Capitol Voice July 2017

9 Jul 2017 | SciTech

Sierra Club Summit Shapes Up

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[New post] Conference Pleads for Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Becoming Law by IDN

7 Jul 2017 | SciTech

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Rice News Release: Dragonflies reveal how biodiversity changes in time and space

30 Jun 2017 | SciTech

SUMMARY: In one of the first studies of its kind, Rice University ecologists monitored East Texas dragonfly communities for years to show that simple mechanisms could be used to predict how biodiversity varies across time and space.

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Oceans Are Warming Rapidly, Study Says

30 Jun 2017 | World

Scientists say more than 90% of the earth's energy imbalance (EEI) in the climate system is sequestered in the ocean and consequently the ocean heat content (OHC) is increasing. Therefore, OHC is one of the most important indicators of global warming. read more »

More Summer Sunshine Leading To Increased Greenland Ice Melt

29 Jun 2017 | World

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has discovered that a marked decrease in summer cloud cover during the last 20 years has significantly accelerated melt from the Greenland ice sheet. read more »

Press Releases: 16 Global Entrepreneurs Convene in Washington, DC To End Poverty, Reduce Inequality and Injustice, and Tackle Other Global Goals by 2030

29 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 29, 2017 Through a public-private partnership, the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State and Unreasonable Group welcome the participation of 16 entrepreneurs in the inaugural Unreasonable Goals accelerator program. The program will launch on July 2 at the Aspen Institute’s Wye River Estate in Queenstown, MD and will run annually until 2030. This year’sread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 1083 into Law

27 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 1083, which allows the Merit Systems Protection Board to act upon a request from the Office of Special Counsel to extend a stay of a personnel action during a period when the Board lacks a quorum. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland

27 Jun 2017 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to congratulate him on his new role as the prime minister of Ireland. President Trump underscored the importance of the United States-Ireland relationship and invited Taoiseach Varadkar to participate in the traditional White House St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March 2018. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

27 Jun 2017 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France to congratulate the French people on France’s successful parliamentary elections. President Trump complimented President Macron for his leadership of the new political party that secured a majority in the French National Assembly and wished him luck in launching his legislative agenda. The two leaders also discussed the current situation in the Middle East and reviewed the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit. read more »

Press Briefing by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

27 Jun 2017 | SciTech

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:31 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Nice crowd.  I know everybody is excited about Energy Week; we certainly are here at the White House.  And that's why we've got Secretary of Energy Rick Perry here to talk to you about what the President and others in the administration are doing all this week to emphasize our commitment to American energy dominance, and he'll take some of your questions after that.  And, of course, I will be happy to step back up after that and answer questions on other non-energy-related topics.   SECRETARY PERRY:  We'll be ecstatic -- ecstatic. MS. SANDERS:  And be nice to him -- he's from Texas.  Not quite Arkansas, but still a good neighbor.  SECRETARY PERRY:  A good neighbor. Sarah, thank you.  And my privilege to be here today to share with yoread more »

Farm practices must change to protect endangered species and habitats: Standards Biodiversity report

27 Jun 2017 | SciTech

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Don’t let Trump chop the Giant Sequoia -- and six other CA national monuments

26 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

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Letter from Sacramento: Threats Lurking in the Forests—And Sacramento

25 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Dear Eric,

About a year ago I wrote a "Letter from Sacramento" about the bark beetle infestation in California's pine forests, its link to climate change and some legislators' inability to move in the right direction on climate policy.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Serbia to Attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić

22 Jun 2017 | World

President Donald Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia on June 23, 2017. Mr. Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Mark Tervakoski, Director for Balkans, Black Sea, and Caucasus Affairs, National Security Council read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Wilson Center

22 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C.  1:00 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for that warm welcome, and thank you to Jane Harman for that very kind introduction and those stirring words.  And thank you for your leadership at the Wilson Center.  I served in the Congress of the United States with Jane Harman and it was always better to be with her than against her.  (Laughter.)  Do join me in thanking Jane Harman for her great leadership here at the Wilson Center.   Let me also mention someone, who, as Jane noted, is not here today but may well be looking on.  When I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, there was a fixture in that town -- someone who was actually elected to the Congress from Columbus, Indiana, but he was no stranger to anyone in the town.  On any given week it would be easy to find Congressmaread more »

The Financial Times Reports on President Trump’s LNG Export Push

22 Jun 2017 | World

FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTS ON PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S EFFORTS TO EXPAND LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORTS “Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, championing sales to China and other parts of Asia in an effort to create jobs and reduce US trade deficits. In an attempt to unleash US energy resources, Mr. Trump is trying to promote more liquefied natural gas exports and not just use LNG as a geopolitical weapon aimed at nations such as Russia, as was the stance of his predecessor Barack Obama.” Trump looks to lift LNG exports in US trade shift By Barney Jopson, Demetri Sevastopulo and Ed Crooks Financial Times June 22, 2017 Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, cread more »

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

22 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:26 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  This morning, the President continued his week of events highlighting technology and how it will continue to contribute to the economy of the future by bringing leaders in the industry to the White House to discuss emerging technologies.  The President met with them after they participated in working groups separated by topic -- unmanned aircraft systems, 5G wireless connectivity, and financing -- where he saw firsthand how these important technologies are reshaping modern life. Throughout this week, the administration has been putting the spotlight on the technologies that will improve the lives of every American, from cell towers as small as pizza boxes, to data analysis that helps our farmers and ranchers get their biggest yields, and having productive discussions with the industry on how government can both help them get there read more »

House of Cards, Dangers of Cyberweapons to Nuclear Facilities, and more.

22 Jun 2017 | SciTech

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Remarks by President Trump on Agricultural Innovation | Cedar Rapids, IA

21 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, Iowa 6:16 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I just learned more about farming than I ever thought I'd learn.  What a good place.  I love it.  I want to thank also Dean Scott Ermer along with the students and faculty at Kirkwood Community College for hosting us.  What a beautiful place.  We're here today to talk about how we're going to empower America’s farmers and protect our nation’s proud farming legacy, including ethanol, which I've done.  (Applause.)  Family farmers are the backbone of America, and my administration will always support the farmer. I want to begin by congratulating Iowa’s new governor, Kim Reynolds.  Where's Kim?  (Applause.)  I'm so proud of Kim.  I've known Kim for a long time, and her husband.  And I said, you know, one of the other thingread more »

Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue en route Cedar Rapids, IA | June 21, 2017

21 Jun 2017 | World

Aboard Air Force One En Route Cedar Rapids, Iowa 5:12 P.M. CDT MS. WALTERS:  Good evening, everybody.  As you all know, we're on our way to Cedar Rapids, where the President will highlight precision agriculture and discuss trade.  Lots of people associate technology with only Silicon Valley, but, actually, there are many other sectors of our economy that are taking advantage of technological advances, including agriculture. We're going to be visiting Kirkwood Community College, which is one of the first programs to have an associate's degree is precision agriculture.  The President, along with Secretary Perdue, Secretary Ross, and Ambassador Branstad will be engaging with some of the people who are bringing cutting-edge technology to the ag sector.  With me today I have Secretary Perdue.  I'm going to walk you through the rest of the evening, take a fread more »

Record High Temperatures Grip Much Of The Globe, More Hot Weather To Come

21 Jun 2017 | World

Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning of more heatwaves to more »