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The United Nations: Then and Now

The United Nations celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020. After the carnage that was World War II, 50 nations gathered in San Francisco to agree to the “United Nations Declaration” that no such war would again occur.

What does the UN have to do with the future? How about 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

By now, most people are quite aware of climate change and at least some of the problems it’s causing. So what is being done to counter it? The UN has an answer, or 17 of them, called the Sustainability Development Goals.

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A circular economy: the wherefore and the why

Ever since the induction of the Industrial Revolution, the developed world has run on the concept of a linear economy. Based on the “take-make-waste,” model of production, a linear economy has been the preferred method of commerce since the mid-nineteenth century. A circular economy, on the other hand …

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What you need to know about the Paris Agreement and greenhouse gases

The United States emits greenhouse gases at a rate greater than any nation on Earth except China. Although much smaller in population — the US has just over 332 million to China’s nearly 1.4 billion — the US emits greenhouse gases at a rate roughly half of that of China.

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Climate change – the planet really is getting warmer. Are we to blame?

Early summer 2021 brought record highs to the normally temperate northwestern US and southwestern Canada. Portland, Oregon reported a high of 116 degrees Fahrenheit. A region in Washington’s Pacific Coast reported a temperature of 110 degrees, four degrees higher than the all-time high in Las Vegas. Climate scientists report global temperatures are now higher than they were in the late 1800s.