Environment

Protecting Oceans a Focus for U.S. Diplomacy

Secretary of State Kerry speaks to reporters and students aboard the HMB Endeavour in Sydney, Australia.

Secretary Kerry reminded us why we all need to care about the ocean: life itself depends on our relationship with the ocean. The ocean covers almost three quarters of the planet.

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Delaying Action on Climate Change Will Increase Costs, Risks

Jason Furman is the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change.

The report is based on evidence that climate change already is affecting the United States with increased storm severity, harsh drought conditions and rising sea levels encroaching upon coastal areas.

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U.S. Statement at the Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction First Preparatory Committee

DCM Peter Mulrean Speaking  at the WCDRR prepcom meeting

Since the Global Platform meeting last May, the world has been struck with a number of extraordinary disasters underscoring that the unrelenting global challenges we face have never been greater to reducing disaster risks worldwide.

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Facts on U.S.-China Dialogue Strategic Track Select Outcomes

On the occasion of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) July 9-10, 2014, the United States and China agreed to, among other things:

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Obama Expands Marine Reserves; DiCaprio Applauds Sea Stewardship

Leonardo DiCaprio walking in front of large “Our Ocean” graphic (AP Images)

President Obama ordered an expansion of existing marine protected areas surrounding Pacific Remote Islands, and he set in motion stronger government action against illegal fishing.

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Kerry Calls for United Action Plan to Protect Oceans

Broad, flat green underwater structures (AP Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hosting government officials, scientists, business people and others at a two-day meeting focused on the sustainability of the global ocean.

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Ocean Conference Will Deliver Results, U.S. Officials Say

Rocky island cliff descends to sea, boat foreground

U.S. Department of State officials anticipate specific actions and results to emerge from Our Ocean 2014, a conference State is hosting in Washington June 16–17.

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EPA’s McCarthy on Announcement of Clean Power Plan

EPA is proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut carbon pollution from our power sector, by using cleaner energy sources, and cutting energy waste.

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U.S. Plans Carbon Cuts from Power Plants

EPA Administrator Gina Mc Carthy  at lectern

The Obama administration is taking action to reduce the amount of carbon sent into the atmosphere by electric power production, the source of about one-third of all domestic greenhouse gases and the single largest source of carbon pollution.

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State’s Frantz: 10 Takeaways from Obama’s Speech at West Point

Doug Frantz: “In his commencement address to the graduating class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, President Obama laid out his vision of America’s leadership on the global stage. Here are 10 highlights that drew my attention.”

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