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German Marshall Fund President Heather Conley testifies on global security before Senate Committee on Armed Services

Editor’s Note: GMF President Heather Conley testified on global security challenges and strategy before the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. Video from the testimony is available here.  Chairman Reed, Ranking Member Inhofe, thank you for this opportunity to speak to what US national security strategy should be at a moment when a permanent member of the United […]

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Happy Twosday! Why numbers like 2/22/22 have been too fascinating for over 2,000 years

Is “Twosday” as special as some corners of the internet seem to think? articular/iStock via Getty Images Plus Barry Markovsky, University of South Carolina This Feb. 22, the world hits an unprecedented milestone. It’s the date itself: 2/22/22. And this so-called “Twosday” falls on a Tuesday, no less. It’s true the number pattern stands out, […]

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First installment of Nevada County Property Taxes due on Dec. 10, 2021

December 2, 2021 – Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, would like to remind property owners that the due date for the 1ˢᵗ installment of the 2021-2022 secured tax bill is December 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Payments must be received in this office or show a postmark of December 10, 2021. […]

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NIH/National Cancer Center: Patient out of pocket economic burden of cancer care more than $21 billion in the U.S. in 2019

October 26, 2021 – Part 2 of the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that cancer patients in the United States shoulder a large amount of cancer care costs. In 2019, the national patient economic burden associated with cancer care was $21.09 billion, made up of patient out-of-pocket costs […]

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Scripps’ CW3E and Yuba Water Agency launched weather balloons during atmospheric river

October 26, 2021 – On Sunday morning, during the atmospheric river (AR) event in Northern California, scientists from the Center for Western Water Extremes (CW3E) at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography at UC San Diego and their partners at Yuba Water Agency launched weather balloons to gather data on the AR and its impacts on […]

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Northern California Otters Art Project Raises $300,000 and Awareness

North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, which featured 108 life-sized sculptures of otters painted by local artists, raised more than $300,000 in grants, sponsorships, and generous donations. Final proceeds will support otter research and student internships at Humboldt State University. The initiative included a community “treasure hunt” to find sculptures that were displayed in Humboldt, […]

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Nobel Prize in economics explodes minimum wage and jobs myth

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics has further exploded a decades-old myth that increasing minimum wages costs jobs. The prize was awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for real-world research in the 1990s that demonstrated, empirically, that the idea touted by conservative economists that higher minimum wages mean fewer […]

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Amnesty International USA Joins Welcome.US Initiative to Mobilize Support for Afghan Refugees in the U.S.

Following the ongoing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Amnesty International USA is joining Welcome.US – a newly launched national initiative built across sectors, political parties, and all walks of life – to empower Americans to welcome and support our new Afghan neighbors. In partnership with resettlement agencies, community leaders, refugees, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, veterans, universities, […]

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The warming climate is causing animals to “shapeshift”

Climate change is not only a human problem; animals have to adapt to it as well. Some “warm-blooded” animals are shapeshifting and getting larger beaks, legs, and ears to better regulate their body temperatures as the planet gets hotter. Bird researcher Sara Ryding of Deakin University in Australia describes these changes in a review published […]

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Air Quality advisory for Placer County continued

Placer County Public Health and Placer County Air Pollution Control District have extended the joint air quality advisory to notify the public of continued poor air quality conditions due to smoke from wildfires including the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County and others in northern California. This advisory will remain in effect until fires are […]

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Wildfire smoke exposure during pregnancy increases preterm birth risk, Stanford study finds

Exposure to wildfire smoke during pregnancy increases the risk that a baby will be born too early, a new Stanford University study suggests. The study, published Aug. 14 in Environmental Research, finds there may have been as many as 7,000 extra preterm births in California attributable to wildfire smoke exposure between 2007 and 2012. These births […]

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73% of people believe Earth approaching tipping points, according to international survey

Today, the Global Commons Alliance released some fascinating new research highlighting how the public feel about protecting nature and its importance in safeguarding our future. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT:https://globalcommonsalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Global-Commons-G20-Survey-full-report.pdf Earlier this year, in partnership with IPSOS Mori we polled the general public across all G20 countries to find out what they think about the state of the global commons and […]

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IRAP Denounces Biden Admin Decisions to Extend Title 42 Expulsions, Implement Expedited Removal

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indefinitely extended Title 42, a policy that effectively prevents all asylum seekers from  requesting protection at the U.S. border, in violation of domestic and international law. The decision marks a calamitous reversal of the Biden Administration’s previous openness to phasing out the inhumane policy for families. The extension also […]

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Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as […]

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Neel Agarwal: Biden’s Unfulfilled Promise to End 287(g) Agreements with Local Law Enforcement

During the 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to end all 287(g) agreements made by the Trump administration. More than 150 days into his presidency, the promise remains unfulfilled. The 287(g) program allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state or local law enforcement agencies to enter into formal agreements to permit state and local law enforcement […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Georgia to Stop Racially Discriminatory Provisions of New Voting Law

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over recent voting procedures adopted by Georgia Senate Bill 202, which was signed into law in March 2021. The United States’ complaint challenges provisions of Senate Bill 202 under […]

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EPA Implements Court Decision Overturning Restrictive Trump-Era Rule; Reaffirms Commitment to Use Best Available Science

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the finalization of a rule that effectuates the vacatur of the previous administration’s rulemaking titled “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information.”  “This action ensures that EPA can utilize the best available science and data to support our […]