Pope Presides Over Prayer Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

When the motorcade stopped at the cathedral where throngs cheered and yelled greetings at the pontiff, who shook hands with people, and met with assembled New York brass as he made his way into the vast and grand cathedral that
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China, America, and Our Warming Planet

The following commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry first appeared on the New York Times website on November 12. There are no republication restrictions. China, America, and Our Warming Planet by John Kerry The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, (more...)

Kerry on Appointment of Michael Bloomberg as U.N. Special Envoy

Appointment of Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy to the U.N. for Climate Change and Cities I congratulate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his appointment to serve as the United Nations’ first Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He has long (more...)

Congress Still Isn’t Being Responsible

By Lee H. Hamilton Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It’s a welcome change, but so long overdue that it can’t possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol Hill this year. The problem is that for too (more...)

Banking on Wind

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue “Climate Action Goes Local.” By Karin Rives Karin Rives is a staff writer covering environmental issues for the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. In late 2010, curious residents of the Dunoon township near Cape Town watched a (more...)

G20 Summit in Russia Will Focus on Global Economic Growth

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) advanced and emerging economies, who are meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5 and 6, are expected to focus on the importance of global economic growth and job creation, a senior Obama administration official says. “The (more...)

Get to Know Our Oceans: The Southern

An Adélie penguin springs from the Ross Sea, a deep bay in the Southern Ocean. Surrounding the highest, coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth — Antarctica — the Southern Ocean is the world's most remote. Benefiting from the Antarctic convergence — an irregular and changing boundary (more...)

Electric Cars Advance in U.S. as Tesla Motors Repays Loan Early

Cleaner vehicles are part of the federal government’s comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build “clean” industries and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil, the Department of Energy says. White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in April that U.S. energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (more...)

U.S. Must Engage Globally Despite Fiscal Constraints

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry says that at a time of fiscal constraint the United States must not shrink from global engagement. “The price of abandoning our global efforts would be exorbitant,” Kerry said in Charlottesville, Virginia, in his first major speech since becoming secretary of (more...)

USAID Engages Universities in Development Solutions

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has created a network of seven leading U.S. and international universities to develop innovative solutions to global development challenges. The university partnerships will tap research faculty and students to catalyze the development and application of new science, technology
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Scientists Theorize Global Sunblock Could Lessen Warming

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
Blocking the sunlight that reaches Earth might be another means to lessen the effects of climate change, some U.S. scientists theorize. Scientists backed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are testing the idea with computer projections on future climate change. “It’s (more...)

Coastal Tribes Explore Effects of Climate Change

How climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures is the focus of a symposium called First Stewards, taking place on July at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. The coastal treaty tribes of Washington state — the Hoh, Makah, Quileute tribes and the Quinault (more...)

Obama Urges G8 to Next Step in World Food Security

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer President Obama announced a plan to accelerate investments in developing world agriculture to meet rising food demands and improve nutrition, calling the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition a moral, economic and security imperative. “We’ve seen how spikes in food prices can plunge millions (more...)

Global Demonstration to “Connect the Dots” In Philadelphia

Philadelphia joins global demonstration to “Connect the Dots” between environmental issues, extreme weather, and climate change. Hundreds of events around the world show the evidence that climate change is a clear and present danger. After an incredibly warm and snow-less winter, Philadelphia residents will join at the Rittenhouse Square (more...)

U.S. Harnesses Innovation for Global Development

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer Private sector and government leaders gathered at the White House February 8 to highlight progress in using science, technology and innovation to address global challenges. They heard about several new public-private partnerships to accelerate progress toward development goals in health, agriculture, education, climate change, (more...)

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