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Millions of Environmental Refugees - Can the World Community Cope?

A quarter billion new “environmental refugees” are expected during the next 35 years. Millions have already been permanently displaced. How will the world community respond?

Although not by proclamation, 2016 has been the year of the refugee. Europe is tense with the outflow of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Syria and other countries, torn by civil war and prolonged drought. A team of refugees competed under the Olympic banner in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The UN held a high-level summit on refugees last week. And policy on refugees (and other immigrants) has been a central point of contention in the American election.

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Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase Efficiency of U.S. Laboratories

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies. Through the new Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator, partners will pursue ambitious energy-saving targets and strategies that will address key barriers to improving energy efficiency.

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Earthjustice Supports Clean Power Plan as Court Hears Oral Argument

Attorney who is part of an unprecedented coalition intervening to defend the Plan is available to discuss the case

On Tuesday, September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument on the Clean Power Plan, which provides for the first-ever federal carbon pollution limits on our nation's electric power plants.

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G20 report highlights massive fossil fuel giveaways

The U.S. and China released peer-reviewed reports assessing the scope of fossil fuel subsidies in their respective countries as part of the G20 process to “rationalize and phase out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.” The U.S. report mainly highlights tax-based subsidies, but also discusses incentives related to public lands leasing and transportation infrastructure.

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New Study: Good Governance of Natural Resources Essential for Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Economic Recovery

After armed conflict, those who survive need food, water, shelter, the means to earn a living, and the promise of a return to safety and civil order. A new study released finds meeting these needs while sustaining peace requires more than a forum for governing natural resources; it also requires good governance.

According to the study, entitled Governance, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, natural resources are essential to sustaining people and peace in post-conflict countries, but governance failures often jeopardize such efforts. Nevertheless, with persistence and commitment on the part of government, civil society, and the international community, it is possible to improve governance of natural resources and thereby help ensure that a country’s natural resources bring peace, health, and economic development and not crime, corruption, and a relapse to violence.

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