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Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 20, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million. Of those forced to flee their […]

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Harnessing sun power: Florida and California taking different paths to solar

BY: - January 2, 2020

On opposite coasts, Florida and California are both famous for sunshine. But their approaches to harnessing sunshine for power are as disparate as their coastlines. Starting Jan. 1, California building codes now require that new homes be built to run on solar power, affecting an estimated 100,000 new homes per year. The standards contained in […]

Astronaut to UN climate conference: I see the damage from space

BY: - December 13, 2019

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American actor Harrison Ford added their voices this week to calls for emergency international action to slow the alarming pace of climate degradation. “I have seen with my own eyes the terrible effects of climate change,” Parmitano told conferees at the United Nations climate conference in Madrid, speaking from the […]

Tens of thousands rally around the world for climate action

BY: - December 7, 2019

Many thousands of people around the world held rallies and marches Friday to demand climate action, as world leaders and non-government parties from 200 countries convened in Madrid for the United Nations conference on climate change. The Miami chapter of “Fridays For Future,” an international youth movement for climate action, was among the American cities […]

FL Congresswoman, back from climate conference, says ‘American ingenuity’ is urgently required to save the planet

BY: - December 6, 2019

Florida’s congressional representative at the international climate conference in Madrid said Friday the planet’s climate is in imminent danger and that the United States must retake the lead in fighting to protect it. “We’re running out of time,” said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat and chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on […]

FL Congresswoman to world climate conference: America is with you

BY: - December 3, 2019

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa traveled to Madrid with a Congressional delegation Monday to tell international climate-change conferees that Americans stand with their global neighbors despite what the U.S. president says. “This delegation is here from the United States to say we are committed to climate action now,” said Castor, a Democrat who chairs […]

Climate talks open amid dire warnings about greenhouse gases; Florida paying the price of inaction

BY: - November 27, 2019

When scientists and world leaders gather in Madrid next week for climate talks, Florida scientists studying climate change will watch the proceedings from afar with little optimism. When you’re a scientist living in a country that is one of the world’s three largest polluters, and is run by a president who sneers at climate-change science, […]

FL Congresswoman: It’s ‘outrageous’ that U.S. won’t help Venezuelans fleeing crisis

BY: - August 22, 2019

With an economic crisis in Venezuela causing refugees to flee to Florida and other parts of the U.S., Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala of Miami says a decision may be coming soon on whether to grant special legal status for Venezuelan immigrants. Shalala was among those in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives that voted last […]