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The Clean Power Plan: To Be or Not to Be?

Last week, the Supreme Court put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan. Will this decision deal a fatal blow to our national climate action plan?

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly halted the implementation of the Clean Power Plan rule, which requires states to lower carbon emissions from power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. Because the rule is so stringent, many states will be forced to rely on a variety of methods to comply with targets, including adopting renewables, enhancing energy efficiency in buildings, and implementing carbon pricing or cap and trade systems.

Alex Camacho: Supreme Court Climate

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Remember the Paris Climate Agreement, when it looked for a moment like world leaders were actually going to address our shared global concern? Well, last week the US Supreme Court, in an unprecedented move, granted a stay to the utility companies and 27 states who had filed suit to halt the Obama Administration’s lynchpin environmental legislation – the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The stay posed a threat to the recent Paris Climate Agreement. But then, over the weekend, things took a dramatic turn with the death of the Supreme Court’s arch-conservative, Antonin Scalia.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded


“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

Carnival Corporation to Host The Nature Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth Annual Meeting

Being held at the Miami headquarters of world's largest travel and leisure company, meeting will feature representatives from leading global conservation organizations
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Agenda includes discussing research and initiatives to improve and sustain world's oceans and seas

Reflections on Laudato Si - Continued


All of this block quoting of the Pope is pretty convenient. I mean, it shortens up what I have to write considerably. I promise you I’m not being lazy though. Pope Francis has some important things to say, so here’s your next quote (emphasis again my own).

CEMEX Receives Special Award for Protecting Wildlife

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January 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ - CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced that The Wild Sheep Foundation granted the company its Special Conservation Award in recognition of the initiatives undertaken by CEMEX to protect the desert bighorn sheep in North America.

Food Donation Can Significantly Reduce Hunger in Local Communities

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The holiday season can be a great time to reflect upon the many blessings for which we are thankful: nutritious food, the gift of friends and family and good health. But it can be a difficult time for those in need, especially for the 48 million people dealing with hunger. Using food responsibly and donating excess food can help make the holiday season more plentiful and hunger-free for all.

2015 in Review: A Breakout Year for Climate Action

2015 was a pivotal year for the environment, with a broad spectrum of sustainability successes and climate action pledges. The movement (and the planet) received boosts on all fronts from corporate executives, religious leaders, and elected officials.

For those of us working to enhance awareness of and commitments to sustainability, this year offered much desired gratification and hard fought vindication. Our work is far from complete, but the events of 2015 have certainly strengthened the foundation for an abundant, sustainable future.

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Let’s Play a Game


Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved games. I’m pretty sure my parents could have manipulated me into doing whatever they wanted by calling it a game. “John, I bet you can’t be silent longer than me during this five-hour car ride. Ready? Go!” Or, “John, do you think you can eat all of your vegetables in the next 60 seconds?”

...I’m encouraged by the recent trend of gamification, in particular its applications in the environmental space.

Congratulating a Friend on a Job Well Done


My Mother has always loved this week. Certainly, she is partial to Christmas. A gathering of family for a religious celebration is a wonderful occasion, and my parents do an admirable job of keeping this season sacred. Their home never feels more like home than this week.


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