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Stephen Hawking + 374 Top Scientists: Trump's Climate Denial Would Have 'Severe and Long-Lasting' Consequences
During his final UN General Assembly address, President Obama pressed for a "sense of urgency" in bringing the Paris agreement into force and for scaling up ambition on climate action. He also called for more clean energy investment in developing countries.
A group of 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, warned that a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement would hurt the nation's international credibility and undermine the climate pact.
In an open letter, the scientists voiced concern about Donald Trump, saying, "It is of great concern that the Republican nominee for president has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord." The U.S. should continue to be a global leader on climate no matter the result of the election, the scientists advocated.
"Climate change is a known fact, and today's letter speaks to the disastrous threat that those who deny science pose to our country and the world," Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce said. "In signing the Paris climate agreement, more than 190 countries recognized the need to act, yet America now faces the possibility of electing a candidate who would tear up this accord and steer us straight into further climate disruption."
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By Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the U.S. as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good.
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The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors can stroll along the water's edge, gazing up at the stately monument.
But at high tide, people are forced off parts of the path. Twice a day, the Tidal Basin floods and water spills onto the walkway.