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With the United Nations Climate Summit underway in New York, Brazil's environment minister suggested world leaders take a page from the famously blunt locals.
"This is New York, so cut the crap," Izabella Teixeira said in an interview with Bloomberg News yesterday.
Bloomberg BNA -- Climate denial “will cost us billions and billions of dollars,” the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget said Sept. 19.
“Climate denial doesn't just fly in the face of the overwhelming judgment of science—it is fiscally foolish,” OMB Director Shaun Donovan said at a Center for American Progress event.
Wall Street has been flooded. Again.
Thousands of protesters demanding action against climate change staged a sit-in around the iconic Charging Bull statue near Wall Street today. Dubbed #FloodWallStreet, protesters clad in blue descended on the financial district in a human reproduction of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Today's event attracted 3,000 people, according to organizers. Click through the photos above for images of the protest.
“Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy literally flooded New York’s Financial District — but it didn’t phase Wall Street and their drive for the short term profits that flow from the cooking of the planet,” author and activist Naomi Klein said in a statement. “Which is why we’re going to flood them again.”
Read more: Climate Change Protest Clogs New York's Financial District
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To hear Secretary of State John Kerry tell it, climate change is the primary threat facing the Earth for the decades to come.
“It doesn’t cost more to deal with climate change; it costs more to ignore it,” Kerry told a forum in New York, the day before a United Nations Climate Summit. “But despite the scientific consensus we are collectively still allowing this problem to grow, not diminish. It is absolutely imperative that we decide to move and act now.”
The biggest climate protest in history kicked off a week of debate, disruption and aspiration in New York. Here are the latest updates:
9.23.14 | Tom Randall
Obama Addresses the UN Climate Summit:
"The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do not hear them.
The Ebola crisis, the Alibaba IPO and the failed Scottish independence vote all fit in to what former President Bill Clinton said he sees as the defining trend of our time -- the need for effective, organic collaboration among nations, businesses and civil society to tackle challenges too complicated for anyone to deal with in isolation.
Clinton said the Scottish vote results should be "extremely reassuring all over Europe," where people have struggled to reconcile national identity and regional governance. The lesson to Clinton, if not to the 45 percent of Scots who voted for independence, is clear: "You can have your identity and be part of a larger whole."
The people are coming.
Tens (or hundreds?) of thousands of protesters are descending on Manhattan by bus, train and plane to rally against climate change this Sunday in an event dubbed “The People’s Climate March.”
The iPhone 6 is the measure of all things, so we should measure all things by it.
This would solve a huge, centuries-long problem: Too many ways to measure everything. There’s length, area, volume, weight, temperature, speed, economic value -- and multiple ways to render each.
The Obama administration has already changed American cars, increased the cost of smoking and helped make processed foods less unhealthy. There are wars, real or imagined, on coal, faith and guns, as previously reported. Regulators might as well cut out the middleman and go straight after testosterone.
Cue the Food and Drug Administration's nascent war on testosterone. Members of an FDA advisory committee agreed almost unanimously this week that drug developers should further study the potential cardiovascular risks of testosterone replacement therapies and who should take them.
Bloomberg BNA -- Ohio's congressional delegation has introduced bills in the House and Senate that would require the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to tackle harmful algal blooms contaminating water supplies in the Great Lakes, its tributaries and beyond.
The Great Lakes and Freshwater Algal Bloom Information Act (H.R. 5456, S. 2798), introduced Sept. 11 in both houses, would require NOAA to set up a central electronic database to help determine the causes of harmful algal blooms as well as the best ways to combat them. Rep. Bob Latta (R) introduced H.R. 5456, and its companion measure was introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R).