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Unfinished Business: President Obama's Climate Legacy 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's not fair. You could argue that we shouldn't even be having this conversation. It really isn't close. But with less than two months left in his presidency, there is an understandable interest in assessing President Obama's legacy, including on climate change. During his recent trip to China and the Pacific islands, the President continued to pile up climate-related achievements and was in full legacy mode in an extended segment with the New York Times . Can we get this, quite important, point out of the way: No US president has done more to advance the fight against climate change. By a long shot. Whether driving domestic policy through the Environmental Protection Agency as Congress dithered, or using his diplomatic powers to make climate change a legitimate top foreign policy issue, President Obama has elevated climate and clean energy as no president has before. Not the least of these accomplishments is moving quickly after December's Paris climate deal to mobilize countries to bring the agreement ...
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Green Groups to President Obama: Protect our Oceans and Climate 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Citing his recognition that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release dangerous pollution into the sky,” leading national environmental organizations released a video and letter today urging President Obama to withdraw the U.S. Arctic and Atlantic oceans permanently from all future oil and gas ...
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Wildlife enforcers mobilize to try to save elephants 19.9.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
African elephants could go extinct within 12 years, the latest survey shows — an accelerating decline reflected in a grim trend here at the U.S. government's warehouse for confiscated animal parts: the size of tusks is shrinking.
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More Than 40 Frontline, Indigenous and Climate Leaders Occupy the Department of the Interior Headquarters to Demand President Obama End Fossil Fuel Lease Sales 16.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Several protesters were arrested this afternoon after more than 40 frontline, indigenous and climate leaders occupied the headquarters of the Department of the Interior to demand that President Obama end fossil fuel lease sales. The group just entered the lobby chanting “Keep it in the Ground.” The action highlights President Obama’s authority to stop leases sales of public lands and waters and to lock in half of the potential climate pollution from all remaining fossil fuels in the United ...
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'Keep it in the Ground' Movement Delivers 1 Million Signatures to the White House Calling for an End to New Federal Fossil Fuel Leasing 15.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Frontline, indigenous and climate leaders from across the country gathered at the White House today to deliver more than 1 million signatures calling on President Obama to stop fossil fuel lease sales on public lands and oceans. The event also marked the one-year growth of this campaign, part of the “Keep it in the Ground” movement, when more than 450 climate groups and leaders first called upon President Obama to take real climate action and end new fossil fuel ...
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A Historic Moment for New England: A Marine National Monument in the Atlantic! 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With Marine National Monument designation in the Atlantic, President Obama seals environmental legacy President Obama is making history today, announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will become the only fully protected large marine area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Until today, zero miles of the U.S. Atlantic were fully protected from the imminent threats of climate change and increasing industrial activity. The announcement comes just as the third annual Our Ocean Conference is held in Washington, DC, hosted by the U.S. State Department. Thanks to the president's use of the century-old Antiquities Act, ancient coral formations will no longer face potential ruin from commercial fishing activity, and diverse and pristine habitats will allow an abundance of marine life to thrive. It is a good day to be a New Englander. So much of our region's history is rooted in the ocean; so much of our economic success depends on a healthy ocean off our coast. ...
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President Obama: Pull the DAPL Permit, Do the Climate Test 9.9.2016 Truthout.com
Unless the courts stop DAPL, the fight needs to be taken right to President Obama's doorstep if he doesn't intervene quickly. He can stop this, or at least put it on hold while a climate evaluation is done. We should see DAPL as no different than Keystone XL, and treat it as such. #NoDapl protesters display a lighted sign at Sacred Rock camp in North Dakota on September 2, 2016. (Photo: Joe Brusky ) Bill McKibben, cofounder of 350.org, has suggested that we start naming major storms after companies that help create them. Instead of a headline like "Hurricane Sandy Slams Ashore," we would see "Hurricane Exxon Devastates Thousands, Kills 285." Perhaps we should also consider naming large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure projects after the politicians who allow them to be built. On July 25, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final major permits needed to build the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). Exactly one week later, on August 1 , the White House issued new guidelines saying that any future projects ...
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The Daily 202: Did Obama squander an opportunity by nominating Merrick Garland? 9.9.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Another nominee might have motivated Democrats more
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China, U.S. join sweeping climate deal 7.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor:  The agreement to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that President Obama signed with Chinese President Xi Jinping is an important step in motivating other nations to make similar commitments in order to reduce global warming and destructive climate change.

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The Latest: Obama says working with Russia on Syria deal 4.9.2016 AP Top News
HANGZHOU, China (AP) -- The Latest on the G-20 summit in China (all times local):...
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The Latest: UN chief praises US, China for climate deal 4.9.2016 Washington Post: World
The Latest on the G-20 summit in China (all times local):
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President Obama says Harry Reid is one of Senate's greatest leaders 4.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Reno, Nev. • Sentimental? No. Tough? Yes. A credit to Nevada and his country? Absolutely. That’s how President Obama describes Sen. Harry Reid as the Nevada Democrat’s 30-year career in Congress winds down. “I’ll miss Harry, even though he’s not a sentimental guy,” Obama told a crowd of about 9,000 earlier this week at the Lake Tahoe Summit at Stateline. The president shared a story about Reid’s telephone habits familiar to most who’ve known the son of a hard-rock miner over the years. “Anybody ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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U.S., China Formally Join Paris Climate Pact 3.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping fortified commitments to reduce carbon emissions Saturday by formally joining the Paris agreement and pledging a “continued bilateral climate cooperation.”  The leaders of the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases met Saturday at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China . By officially ratifying the climate agreement reached in April, the two countries move the Paris deal a major step toward taking effect this year, the White House said. More than 170 nations signed the Paris agreement, committing to fight climate change by cutting carbon emissions. The deal requires  at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions  to take the additional step of ratification before it takes effect.  Before Saturday’s action by the U.S. and China, 24 nations had formally joined , accounting for just 1.08 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations. The addition of the U.S. and China boosts that to ...
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U.S. and China ratify sweeping climate deal and urge other nations to follow their lead 3.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping formally joined a sweeping global agreement to cut greenhouse gases Saturday, moving the world toward a dramatic reduction in climate-warming emissions on a quicker time frame than previously imagined.

The ratification of the accord by the world's...

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Obama Visits Faraway Speck Of Sand Furthering His Legacy Of Conservation 2.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a gesture that speaks to his legacy of conservation,  President Barack Obama  traveled Thursday to a remote spit of sand and coral in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, to see for himself the very monument that six days earlier he quadrupled to create the largest protected marine area on the planet . Air Force One touched down on picturesque Midway Atoll ― the site of a deadly and decisive battle six months after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor ― at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time, according to a White House press pool report. After Obama “emerged from the plane smiling and wearing sunglasses,” the press pool noted, he was greeted by the atoll’s 40 inhabitants. The president then paid a visit to the Battle of Midway memorial before delivering a short statement at Turtle Beach. The  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument , where Midway is located, is a “spectacular” ecosystem, home to thousands of species, Obama told the press pool gathered on the atoll’s white, sandy shoreline. Protecting it, he ...
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Why Obama's visiting tiny island in Pacific 1.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It's not every day that there are more people on board Air Force One than in the place it touches down, but Thursday is one of those occasions.
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In West Coast visit, President Obama goes after climate change skeptics, praises efforts to restore Lake Tahoe 1.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

At a conservation summit on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, President Obama on Wednesday pointed to the environmental degradation of the lake’s once-crystal-clear waters as proof of the damage caused by climate change and warned of the threat posed by Republican leaders who continue to deny its...

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Obama at Lake Tahoe Praises Conservation Efforts 1.9.2016 NPR Health Science
The president warns that climate change can undermine decades-long conservation efforts. He spoke at an annual summit that brings people together to discuss how to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
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Obama's Hawaiian Marine Preserve: Massive Potential, Monumental Challenges 31.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Char Miller , Pomona College The endangered Hawaiian monk seal is one of the 7,000 species that gained a measure of protection. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , CC BY President Obama's environmental record just went big. On August 26, he quadrupled the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the center of the Pacific Ocean, northwest of Hawaii. Whatever other conservation actions he takes in his final months in office, Papahānaumokuākea will be hard to top. The new monument is also outsized in the interrelated issues that it will address - and generate. In Papahānaumokuākea, biology, politics and policy converge and collide in revelatory ways. For those of us who study the intersection of environmental history, policy and politics on sea and land as I do , it's clear the creation of this gigantic marine monument is a huge step forward for conservation and for helping ecosystems adapt to a changing climate. But it also poses such significant management, budgetary and political ...
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President Obama Continues to Build His Environmental Legacy 29.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama nears the end of his second term, he continues to use his executive authority to ensure that his sustainability priorities are translated into public policy. His use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions has been far from easy, but it is clear that a national policy to reduce global warming is slowly grinding into place. The president's action last week to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii is the latest example of his effort to build a lasting environmental legacy. Last week, he created the world's largest marine reserve, and as New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis reported last week, this is not an isolated policy initiative: Using the 100-year-old Antiquities Act, which was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Obama has protected hundreds of millions of acres in places of ecological, historical or cultural significance -- more than any other American president. In 2014, he also greatly expanded the Pacific Remote ...
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