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An Evening with Jane Goodall

Small but mighty.
When the slight figure of Dr. Jane Goodall appeared on the stage at College Park Center, University of Texas Arlington, she received a standing ovation. It seemed as though the entire audience, which was huge, sprang to their feet simultaneously. The crowd hushed when she began to speak in a conversational tone, with no notes and no teleprompter. She was completely engaged, and each member of the audience was hanging on her every word.
College Park Center at UT Arlington on March 31!
You can see her cow and chimp on the table next to her

In 1960, when she was 26 years old, Jane Goodall went to Africa to study chimpanzees. She did not have a university degree, but she had plenty of determination. Dr Goodall was armed with a notebook, a pair of binoculars, and her mother as a chaperone as she set up her tent near a group of chimps in Gombe Forest, Tanzania. The rest is history, and if you are not aware that Jane Goodall went fo[……]

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World Bank Allows Tanzania To Sidestep Rule Protecting Indigenous Groups

Salumu Kundaya Kidomwita, 60, with the youngest of his 22 children.


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Salumu Kundaya Kidomwita, 60, with the youngest of his 22 children.

Last year, after fierce protests from human rights groups, the World Bank retreated from a proposal that would have allowed its borrowers to sidestep its rules for protecting indigenous communities.   
Now the World Bank’s board has granted a massive agribusiness project in East Africa a waiver that exempts it from following the bank’s Indigenous Peoples Policysparking fears that the development lender is making an end run to resurrect a policy that it abandoned in public.
“It seems like a back door opt-out clause,” said Nadia Daar, a policy advisor for Oxfam International who specializes in the World Bank. “We’re concerned that this is setting a precedent.”
The United States, the World Bank’s largest donor, also warned in a recent Treasury Department statement that the waiver could set an “unfortunate precedent” and called t[……]

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Here's How Congress Plans To Save Food From The Trash


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In Congress these days, it’s all about that waste. 
Legislation introduced Wednesday in the Senate aims to dramatically reduce the amount of food being wasted in the U.S. While it’s not the first bill to tackle the issue, it’s one of the broadest and beefiest.
The Food Recovery Act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), includes measures to educate consumers about food waste, nudge school cafeterias to buy banged-up fruits and vegetables and simplify expiration dates.
The bill represents a “broad and effective way to prevent waste,” Blumenthal told The Huffington Post. If passed, the law would help “save money, save food for people who are food insecure” and avoid a host of environmental damages, he added. 
The Senate bill is a companion to legislation Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced in the House of Representatives in December. And it comes just about a month after Blumenthal and Pingree[……]

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State Electric Vehicle Rebates Need Long-Term Stability: Programs In California And Other States May Be At Risk

With many environmental safeguards on the books and several major cities on their way to 100% clean energy, California is helping guide the United States to a clean energy future. One of the ways the state has been doing that is through electric vehicle (EV) promotion.
Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature have been staunch advocates for EVs, which are much lower in greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cars, even when factoring in electricity emissions. With support from many advocacy groups, they put in place the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which explicitly outlines a goal of placing 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2023.
One of the best ways to achieve that ambitious goal has been the state-funded Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, or CVRP, which seeks to promote electric vehicle purchases by reducing the upfront costs of EVs. The project gives consumers $2,500 for the purchase of battery powered electric vehicles and $[……]

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Why Electing A President Who Believes In Climate Change And Wildlife Conservation Is More Important Than Ever

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The signs of climate change are there, we just need to pay attention. Weather patterns are shifting, 100-year floods are now a common occurrence, while drought and loss of water-sheds are as well.
Climate change is happening.
More Americans than ever believe that anthropogenic climate change is here.
Yet somehow, Congress, hasn’t gotten that message.
Today’s Congress is filled with professional politicians, who don’t act on this critical, important, and extremely dangerous issue. Unfortunately though, it is time to act and stem the tide of climate change. Congress should have acted a decade ago, last year, last week, or even yesterday. But, they haven’t. Not in any meaningful way. Yes, we sign climate accords and agreements, but, that only addresses one small facet of the problem. Energy.
That is why it is time to “start over” and elect leaders who believe in climate change. Now. While we need a presid[……]

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Why Elon Musk’s Plan To Merge Tesla With SolarCity Will Probably Work


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Elon Musk’s plan to consolidate his clean-energy empire has few fans on Wall Street. 
Tesla, Musk’s electric car and battery maker, and SolarCity, his energy firm, are notorious for burning through cash. Their boards of directors, stacked with Musk’s family and allies, threaten a “corporate governance nightmare” with few checks on power, The Financial Times has warned. There are real concerns that Musk accelerated his plans to fuse the two companies ― he serves as Tesla’s chief executive and SolarCity’s chairman ― because SolarCity is struggling and needs to be bailed out before things get worse.
But the deal is likely to happen. And it should. The companies need each other’s manufacturing muscle and sales savvy. Combined, they could speed efforts to wean the world off carbon and push competitors to provide more clean energy options. And, as investors have learned time and time again, it’s rarely smart to bet aga[……]

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This Shelter Is Reuniting Pets And People After Devastating Wildfires

Mousey, a cat who has been reunited with her human family after devastating fire sstruck eastern Tennessee.


Sevier County Humane Society

Mousey, a cat who has been reunited with her human family after devastating fire sstruck eastern Tennessee.

In the aftermath of the devastating wildfires in Eastern Tennessee earlier this week, some people are finally being reunited with beloved pets they were unable to rescue in the blaze.

The fires that engulfed the resort towns of Sevier County killed at least 13 people and injured 85, destroying more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the process.
Many people were unable to rescue their pets in the chaos of the rapidly spreading fires. In some cases, animals bolted and disappeared as the flames bore down on fleeing families. Some people were not home when the fires reached their properties, and either the flames or law enforcement prevented them from getting back to save their pets.
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Swamp-Draining 101: Don't Appoint Swamp Rats


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Attention Trump voters. Please, pay attention Trump voters. You have spoken once, and your anger has come through loud and clear. But it doesn’t end there. Now it’s time to hold the people you elected accountable, to insist that all of your candidate’s talk about ending the Wall Street stranglehold on the economy and political system is put into action. If they don’t, we are headed straight for another great recession. That’s why we made this video highlighting the Wall Street pedigrees of Trump’s hand-picked economic team.

It may surprise those of you who read this column regularly that I have made a video that I hope will inspire Trump voters. But the truth is, progressives actually agree with Donald Trump’s assertion that it is long past time to drain the swamp, to get the moneymen out of the temple, to return democracy to the masses.
Progressives know all too well that, in Trump’s own爱上海同城对对碰 千花坊官网 words “Wall Stre[……]

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Painting Through the Irish Countryside

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Barbara Prey painting at Glendalough
I have a major museum commission for MASS MoCA , but before I came back to my New York Studio to begin the project, I went on a painting trip to Ireland. I began in Doolin, a small town well known for its music. Doolin is a good starting point to explore the surrounding area of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. I stayed at the Ballanacky Hotel just outside of town. The hotel is now run by the third generation in the family and sits atop a hill with commanding views of the Cliffs of Moher and the ocean. As guests of the hotel we were able to get a private tour of the castle keep from the owners that dates from the 1300’s and sits next to the hotel. The castle was partly in ruin, but for me it was a unique opportunity to climb through and up a keep and see how it was built. We were able to visit the various rooms and floors which one would never been able to do on a public visit. There are hundreds of such castl[……]

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Pebble Mine 2016 Year In Review: Salmon First, Pebble Never

2016 closed for the Pebble Mine like so many years before it — with no progress: no permit, no application, and no new financial partner. As it did in 2015, the last remaining company in the once-formidable Pebble Partnership – the small Canadian mining exploration company Northern Dynasty Minerals – continued frantically to tread water for dear life, suing EPA, lobbying Congress, threatening the U.S. State Department, and searching each quarter for more money to cover its legal fees. Prospects for actual mining activity remained non-existent as opposition deepened in Alaska and broadened to the international stage.
Despite short-term profit-taking on the ups and downs of the financial markets (including a surge in the wake of Donald Trump’s election), the Pebble prospect’s owner remains a bad long-term investment. Summed up last week by the Motley Fool’s stock analysts, “regardless of the reason for this latest move higher in Northern Dynasty Mi[……]

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