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Following record youth turnout in 2020, MTV announces ‘voting early is easier’ with plan to make voting easier for millions of students without on-campus voting options to return to the polls for midterms

First-of-its-kind research from MTV finds 74% of colleges had no polling places in 2020; 90% did not have in-person early voting options on campus Innovative program will protect and place new polls at community colleges and universities for young voters who cite transportation and inconvenient location as top reasons for not voting NEW YORK, March 10, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MTV, the global ...

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Ohio Clean Energy Hub Alliance Seeking Federal Funding for Hydrogen Hub

CANTON — The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority is part of a new alliance seeking a $2 billion federal grant to help build a center for the hydrogen industry in the region. The public agency — which uses hydrogen to power part of its bus fleet — joined with about 62 other organizations and government leaders last month to form ...

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In a rare union, the borough presidents ask for a million trees

The position of borough president is often described as a ceremonial position, without much political power. But the city’s five borough presidents hope that by joining forces, they can bring about change — in this case, creating a greener, more resilient city by planting one million new trees across the five boroughs. On Monday, the group launched the “Million More ...

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Dutch universities order staff to reveal ties to Jewish and Israeli groups

JTA — At the request of a pro-Palestinian organization that critics say is anti-Semitic, administrators at more than a dozen Dutch universities are asking their staff to list their interactions with Israeli and Jewish organizations. The order follows a request sent last month by The Rights Forum, a pro-Palestinian advocacy group, to the offices of several universities. The universities collect ...

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Difficult challenges await new US ambassador to South Korea

A new US ambassador is waiting in the wings to travel to South Korea and deal with the winner of its hotly contested presidential election in March. Philip Goldberg, the ambassador to Colombia, is reported as the administration’s choice for the post, which has not been filled for more than a year. Goldberg still has to go through the approval ...

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OPB looks back on the big questions we sought to answer in 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we look back on a year full of new things. There have been stories like the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic and the effort to draw the boundaries of a new congressional district for Oregon. And there have been surveys that we’ve dug deep into. Here are seven big questions from 2021 that OPB journalists have ...

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State Department to pilot new program for refugees to attend college / public information service

By next fall, refugee students may be able to apply to attend U.S. colleges and universities. The State Department said it plans to pilot a new category for refugee admissions, known as P4. P4 status would allow a group or institution to sponsor a refugee. A university sponsorship program would allow them to study in the United States and then ...

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Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance honors volunteer – Eagle News Online

The Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA) will honor Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association volunteer Maura Toole with its 2021 Citizens’ Award. This award is presented to an individual who makes a significant contribution to the alliance’s cause to protect the water quality of the Finger Lakes. Maura’s leadership efforts to create the first Lake Life Awareness Week, May 2-7, ...

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Agriculture Fairness Alliance Announces Award to Benefit UW-Madison Fruit and Nut Compass

United States, Dec. 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Agriculture Fairness Alliance (AFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting farmers diversifying into high-fiber food crops, is pleased to announce the Funding a grant for the Center for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Compass Program for Integrated Agriculture Systems for Fruits and Nuts. Under the leadership of John Hendrickson, this grant will help ...

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Net zero goal: a challenge for talent

Roopa Dave is a Vancouver-based partner in KPMG Canada’s Sustainability Services practice.handout The growing commitment of the global financial community to supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy is now pushing organizations to seek out people with the talent to deliver on these commitments: finance professionals with a green streak. “Sustainable finance may seem like a new concept to some, ...

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COP26: New online tool to reveal a true picture of coal, oil and gas extraction in the world

Created by the nonprofit Carbon Tracker Initiative think tank and research and analysis organization Global Energy Monitor, the Global Fossil Fuel Register is the first independent and publicly accessible database of its kind. In addition to quantifying what is unearthed and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, it will show how this fits the goal of limiting the global temperature increase ...

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Are higher education institutions reducing their greenhouse gas emissions?

Times Higher Education launches a new report that examines the performance of higher education institutions in transitioning to net zero. The report investigates the 566 universities that submitted data against SDG 13, which is a call for climate action. Of university leaders polled by Times Higher Education, 80% said the SDGs are a benchmark against which they operate. But only ...

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57 organizations publish open letter urging EU to act on ESG

57 organizations have published an open letter calling for the European Union to act on ESG disclosure standards. They encourage the European Commission to promote a set of global benchmarks by supporting the IFRS Foundation on the launch of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Find the full text of the letter below. This declaration is signed by 57 organizations ...

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San Diego Food System Alliance Aims to Develop County Culinary Culture

Encinitas – Farmers, restaurateurs and other food producers brainstormed ideas for increasing sustainability and equity in the region’s food industry at the annual meeting of the San Diego Food System Alliance, held on Friday. at Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas. “We are here today to talk about Food Vision 2030,” said speaker Rio Holaday, referring to the organizations 10-year plan ...

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How Universities Can ‘Speak the Talk’ on Climate Action

Universities play a transformative role in climate change research and education. Generally, we see our role as research, teaching and thought leadership. But we are also large organizations with large emissions footprints. For example, the University of Melbourne has over 9,000 employees, 50,000 students, operating expenses of AU $ 2.4 billion – and around 200,000 tCO2-e (that’s the amount of ...

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UN Carney calls on multilateral development banks to increase climate ambition

By Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) – Global multilateral development banks must “increase their ambition” in terms of financing climate-related projects, UN climate envoy Mark Carney said on Tuesday. Speaking in a podcast with Rob Cox, editor-in-chief of Reuters BreakingViews, Carney said groups such as the World Bank and other development finance institutions should focus on supporting investments of up to ...

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Belgian scientists claim breakthrough in coconut cloning

Coconut palms grow slowly and are difficult to clone, but scientists at a leading Belgian university have claimed a breakthrough in cloning the world’s sixth most cultivated fruit. The discovery of scientists from KU Leuven and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (The Alliance), multiplying seedlings faster and conserving coconut genetic resources in the long term, should help coconut ...

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Annual global climate strike takes place on September 24, with low attendance in Houston

Illustrated by Chloé Xu By Viola Hsia 09/28/21 10:13 PM September 24 marked climate marches across the country, including one in Houston. Rice Climate Alliance, a club dedicated to defending and educating students about the current climate crisis, did not participate due to poor organization of the Houston march, according to Clara Ursic, the treasurer of the Rice Climate Alliance ...

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Biden’s Indo-Pacific change under scrutiny as AUKUS alliance is formed

As the 20-year war in Afghanistan approaches, US President Joe Biden is looking at intensifying competition with China, bringing into play new mechanisms such as Australia’s “Quad” group, India, Japan and the United States as well. as a security partnership between Australia, Britain and the United States. But the Biden administration may need more clarity in its Indo-Pacific strategy, which ...

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Quad is not a military alliance, but will challenge China’s reach in the Indo-Pacific

The first face-to-face summit meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue sparked much discussion around the world. At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yoshihide Suga of Japan and Australian Scott Morrison all met at the White House on Friday to take stock of this recently revived group, primarily intended to curb China’s unhindered growth ...

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Three American Indians Named Inaugural AAPI Ambassadors by AAPI Victory Alliance, Victory Fund | Indian of the world

On September 24, the AAPI Victory Alliance and AAPI Victory Fund officially launched their AAPI Ambassador Program, an inaugural cohort of a passionate and influential AAPI group eager to mobilize the rapidly growing AAPI electorate and advocate for issues at the forefront of the AAPI community like voting rights, gun violence prevention, misinformation / disinformation and climate change, three of ...

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DOE welcomes new Biden-Harris appointees

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that new people appointed by the Biden-Harris administration have joined the team to help fight climate change and build a more prosperous clean energy future and more equitable. With these new hires, DOE appointees form a historically diverse team with 58% women, 58% BIPOC, and 21% employees identifying as ...

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Biden welcomes Indo-Pacific leaders as China’s concerns grow

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is scheduled to host the first in-person gathering of the leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as the “the Quad” as he wraps up a difficult week in diplomacy after facing much criticism from allies and adversaries. The White House meeting with the leaders of India, Japan and Australia gives Biden a chance to ...

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Highlights of the German election campaign

BERLIN (AP) – Germans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament and produce a new German leader after 16 years at the helm of Angela Merkel. Merkel has decided not to run for a fifth term and the election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed her. Here’s a look at the ...

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“Critical”: Mark Carney Launches Alliance of Net Zero Financial Services Providers

Global credit rating agencies, exchanges, index providers, credit rating agencies and auditors have come together to form the Net Zero Financial Services Providers Alliance, committing to align their products and services with global climate goals. The London Stock Exchange Group, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC, S&P Global and Moody’s Corporation are among the 18 founding members of the Alliance, which will ...

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Do we need an IPCC for food?

The first United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), scheduled for September, could be as historic for the transformation of the food system as the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 was for climate change. Rio triggered the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the IPCC, which brought together scientists and governments from around the world and dramatically increased ...

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Nevada groups focus on climate impact on diverse communities

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Several Nevada organizations led by women of color have come together to shed light on how low-income and diverse communities in the state are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution . Advocacy groups create website, Breathefreenv.com, which aims to raise awareness about climate change and the actions that can be taken to reduce pollution and ...

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Former British Prime Minister Blair denounces West’s “dangerous abandonment” of Afghanistan

LONDON (AFP) – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who in 2001 dragged Britain into war in Afghanistan alongside the United States, on Saturday condemned their “abandonment” of the country as “dangerous” and ” useless “. In his first public comments on the crisis since the collapse of the Afghan government last weekend, Blair criticized the US motives for the ...

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Melanie Santiago-Mosier appointed Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance

Respected leader to bring solar and energy justice expertise to two national non-profit organizations Vermont Business Magazinee Clean energy group (CEG), a national non-profit advocacy organization focused on building a just and clean energy transition, announced that Melanie Santiago-Mosier will join CEG and its sister organization, the Clean Energy Alliance of States (CESA), as Deputy Director in mid-September 2021. Santiago-Mosier ...

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Exxon kicked out of carbon tax alliance after lobbying scandal

Exxon Mobil Corp. was suspended from the Climate Leadership Council, a pro-carbon tax group backed by conservation groups and some of the world’s biggest companies. The move comes just weeks after an Exxon lobbyist was secretly recorded by Greenpeace saying the oil giant expressed support for a carbon tax only because it knew such a policy would be nearly impossible ...

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Representative Dingell: “We don’t have to choose the environment or the jobs”

representative Debbie dingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Democrats seek to tackle climate change with import tax | Advocates say bigger deal needed to tackle climate crisis | Western forest fires worsen with 80 different fires White House supports House bill to fight ‘chemicals forever’ balance / sustainability (D-Mich.) On Tuesday rebuffed the idea that the transition to electric vehicles would ...

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H2 Green Steel joins European CEO Alliance bringing its expertise in hydrogen and carbonless steel

H2 Green Steel joins European CEO Alliance bringing its expertise in hydrogen and carbonless steel H2 Green Steel has joined a cross-sectoral European CEO alliance bringing its expertise in hydrogen and carbonless steel to further support the EU’s Green Deal and reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. The alliance issued policy recommendations ahead of the European Commission’s Fit for ...

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Silver Fern Farms to phase out charcoal by 2030 and embrace regenerative agriculture

Mary-Jo Tohill / Stuff Silver Fern Farms will stop using coal in its factories by 2030. Silver Fern Farms, the country’s largest meat processor, has pledged to end the use of coal in its factories by 2030, ahead of government targets. Co-chair Rob Hewett told the company’s supplier shareholders at its annual Farmers’ Conference in Wellington on Thursday that the ...

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