All articles from: August, 2011

Seattle’s Climate Strategy Pays Off

The Port of Seattle asks cruise ships to plug into the city electric grid while docking to decrease air pollution from the ships’ diesel engines

“Cities are the location of a lot of emissions because they’re centers of industry and population,” Mann said. “But they’re also laboratories for solutions. They’re going to generate the ideas the federal government will come back to, at some point, out of necessity.”

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Stopping Dengue with a Disease-Free Mosquito

Health workers sprayed the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka, in June to kill dengue-spreading mosquitoes. New research offers a more environmentally friendly way to beat dengue

Introducing a particular bacterium into the reproductive cycle of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito may stop transmission of the virus that causes dengue fever in humans.

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Ambassador King Meets with Dr. Seth Berkley, new GAVI Alliance Head

Ambassador King Meets with Dr. Seth Berkley

The US government has been closely engaged with the GAVI Alliance since its creation in 2000. In addition to its financial contributions to GAVI over the past 11 years totaling almost $825 million, the US has been an active member of the GAVI Alliance Board and also serves on a number of program and technical advisory committees.

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Secretary Clinton congratulates HRC for Mandating Human Rights Investigation in Syria

The Commission of Inquiry will investigate all violations of international human rights law by Syrian Authorities and help the international community address the serious human rights abuses in Syria and ensure that those responsible are held to account.

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Ambassador Donahoe Says HRC Vote Shows Growing Consensus that Assad has Lost Legitimacy to Govern

Vote Count at the HRC

There is a very strong and growing consensus in the international community that Assad has lost legitimacy to govern and must step down. The outcome manifests the extent to which he is now isolated.

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U.S. Believes CCW Protocol that Provides Substantial Humanitarian Impact on the Ground is an Achievable Goal

“The United States continues to believe that a CCW Protocol on Cluster Munitions that provides a substantial humanitarian impact on the ground is an essential and achievable goal. A CCW Protocol along the lines of the Chair’s text that imposes meaningful requirements on the countries that are the major users and producers of cluster munitions and who hold approximately 90% of the world’s stockpiles would be an important and undeniable step forward from a humanitarian viewpoint —with the effect of immediately prohibiting more than 2 million U.S. cluster munitions alone.”

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President Obama: The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people

Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.

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Ambassador Donahoe: The Syrian People Cannot Wait

Ambassador Donahoe at the HRC Special Session on Syria

Our message to the Syrian Government is clear: We will not turn a blind eye as you deliberately and ruthlessly imprison, torture, and kill your own citizens.

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Ambassador Donahoe Speaks out on Syria Ahead of Special Session of HRC

Ambassador Donahoe speaks to the media outside the HRC on the situation in Syria (U.S. Mission photo, Eric Bridiers)

Everyone knows that the human rights crisis has deteriorated significantly in the last few weeks. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has come out and indicated that there are credible allegations of systematic and widespread human rights violations that may amount to crimes against humanity.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Situation in Syria

The United States has been engaged in a relentless and systematic effort with the international community, pursuing a set of actions and statements that make crystal clear where we all stand, and generating broader and deeper pressure on the Asad regime. The people of Syria deserve a government that respects their dignity, protects their rights, and lives up to their aspirations. Asad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for him to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves, and that is what we will continue to work to achieve.

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