June 24, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here Sunday for a two-day visit designed to solidify his commitment to what President Obama has called one of the "defining partnerships" of the 21st century, and to keep the growth of trade and foreign policy cooperation on an upward trajectory. The trip to India is Kerry's first as secretary, and he is heading a high-level delegation that includes the new energy secretary, Ernest Moniz; Adm. Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command; and senior homeland security, science, and international-development officials.
June 20, 2013 |
BERLIN - President Obama on Wednesday called for reducing the number of deployed U.S. strategic nuclear warheads by one-third if the Russian government agrees to a similar cut, reviving a goal outlined early in his presidency to work toward a world without nuclear weapons. Obama's proposal, which met with a cool reception in Moscow, came during a much-anticipated speech here that sought to shake Western nations from complacency that he said has taken hold since the end of the Cold War. Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, a historic backdrop for U.S. presidents, Obama said the dissolution of the Soviet Union has brought "a sense that the great challenges have somehow passed.
June 16, 2013 |
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
June 6, 2013 |
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - The polls on a sleepy gubernatorial primary quietly closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and with that the bell rang on what promises to be a far more compelling gubernatorial general election. Republican Gov. Christie, who has become a national political phenomenon in his 3½ years in office, will face Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono, a longtime legislator with a decidedly liberal streak. In the primaries Tuesday, Christie easily swatted away a tea party challenger, Atlantic County lawyer Seth Grossman, and Buono cruised past a Democrat who didn't campaign, Troy Webster.
June 4, 2013
THE MEDIA was delighting last week in the antics of what a headline writer labeled "Jersey Boys II" - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Obama strolling the boardwalk, reassuring the public on the eve of summer that the Jersey Shore was open for business. Superstorm Sandy certainly has made Christie a rock star, with skyrocketing approval ratings and a public fascination that landed him on the cover of People magazine this week. It's safe to say, however, that environmentalists in his state aren't nearly as smitten with Christie as others seem to be. He may have handled the aftermath of Sandy magnificently, but his leadership on reducing the environmental problems that helped create Sandy in the first place has been unimpressive.
May 29, 2013
Chilly weather aside, most of the Jersey Shore's towns were back in business for the Memorial Day weekend, which was capped by another joint appearance of President Obama and Gov. Christie on Tuesday. Those who would criticize the "bromance" between the Democratic president and the Republican governor should consider that this is what it looks like when politicians do their jobs. Their cooperation after Hurricane Sandy has shown how working together can bring about results. Boardwalks can be rebuilt; homes and businesses restored.
May 26, 2013
With a new study showing 97 percent of scientific papers on climate change since 1991 agree that fossil fuels are largely responsible, the doubters need to stand aside so public-policy initiatives to protect the Earth can proceed. There is as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now as there was in the Pliocene Age, three million years ago, when oceans were 70 feet higher and temperatures warmer. Carbon dioxide levels are 41 percent higher now than during the Industrial Revolution - and climbing.
May 24, 2013 |
The impact of climate change goes far beyond the obvious issues of public safety and disaster planning, participants stressed during a conference this week at Rutgers University. New Jersey should be considering future costs, long-term health risks, and even social-justice issues when considering how to deal with a warming climate, they said. The good news is that there are some creative ideas on how to deal with the varied effects of climate change, regardless of its cause. For instance, New Jersey could protect itself against the vast cost of future disasters such as Hurricane Sandy by taking out insurance that would pay in the event of hurricanes or other natural calamities.
May 22, 2013 |
One in an occasional series about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. On May 2, 1908, as he strolled along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County, Bayard Long collected a flowering sprig of redbud. He mounted it, labeled it, and added it to the herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where he was the curator. A century later, but just miles away in Chester County, botany graduate student Zoe Panchen also found a redbud in flower. But this time, the short-lived blooms had appeared much earlier.
April 30, 2013 |
Climate change will lead poor women to opt for "sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage" warns a resolution proposed last week in Congress. Introduced by a group of Democrats, the resolution calls on both the House and Senate to recognize how women will be disproportionately affected by global warming. Women are "the first to feel the immediate and adverse effects of social environmental and economic stress on their families and communities," the document states, adding that 60 to 80 percent of farmers in developing countries are women.