On Earth Day, Time Running Out for Climate Change

In recognition of Earth Day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry penned an Op-Ed for USA Today. Here is the Secretary’s op-ed: On Earth Day, Time Running Out for Climate Change

 

Plants grow among the cracked mud at the bottom of Camanche Reservoir in California, USA, 09 April 2015. The reservoir is down to 27 percent of its normal capacity. California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state's first-ever mandatory water cuts on 01 April, in the fourth year of a devastating drought that has dried up wells, forced mandatory rationing and jeopardized crops in one of the largest agricultural producing regions in the world. (Photo: MICHAEL NELSON, EPA)
Plants grow among the cracked mud at the bottom of Camanche Reservoir in California, USA, 09 April 2015. The reservoir is down to 27 percent of its normal capacity. California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first-ever mandatory water cuts on 01 April, in the fourth year of a devastating drought that has dried up wells, forced mandatory rationing and jeopardized crops in one of the largest agricultural producing regions in the world.
(Photo: MICHAEL NELSON, EPA)

People must once again stir up political will to protect our environment.

In the 1950s and 60s, America’s natural resources were in bad shape. Communities were so polluted that clouds of smog lingered over cities like Los Angeles. Rivers and lakes were filled with chemicals. In my hometown of Boston, the harbor was among the nation’s most polluted waterways.

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Climate Partners for a Clean and Prosperous Future

Climate Partners for a Clean and Prosperous Future

How is climate change affecting the environment and our livelihoods? Experts discuss the impact of climate change and what the U.S. is doing to cut carbon pollution by 26–28% by 2025. Featured speakers: Kathryn Sullivan, administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Gina McCarthy, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Charles Bolden, administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy; Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey;  Mike Eckhart, managing director and global head of environmental finance and sustainability, Citigroup.

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Greening of the Bottom Line: High-Technology

Climate Change Art (Art by State Dept./Doug Thompson)
(Art by State Dept./Doug Thompson)
Greening of the Bottom Line: High-Technology

Business executives are connecting environmental practices to profits, driven in part by consumer desires. A 2014 study by Nielsen, a survey information firm, reports that a majority of consumers across 60 countries will pay more for products or services from companies committed to social and environmental good.

Companies say recent changes to manufacturing processes and products help the environment and boost their bottom lines.

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Greening of the Bottom Line: Heavy Manufacturing

Climate Change Art (Art by State Dept./Doug Thompson)
(Art by State Dept./Doug Thompson)
Greening of the Bottom Line: Heavy Manufacturing

Business executives are connecting environmental practices to profits, driven in part by consumer desires/ A 2014 study by Nielsen, a survey information firm, reports that a majority of consumers across 60 countries will pay more for products or services from companies committed to social and environmental good.

Companies say recent changes to manufacturing processes and products help the environment and boost their bottom lines.

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