Escazú Agreement Entered into Force in Latin America and the Caribbean on International Mother Earth Day 5/9/21
Alicia Bárcena Photo Credit: ECLAC
The Escazu Agreement entered into force on 22 April 2021. This agreement, which was negotiated by governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, enshrines the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development.
It is the region's first environmental treaty as well as the world's first agreement with provisions on human rights defenders in environmental matters, an issue of particular importance in the region due to risks for advocates and activists.
The event was inaugurated by ECLAC's Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and Epsy Campbell, Vice President of Costa Rica. In her welcome remarks, Alicia Bárcena emphasized that the Escazú Agreement pays homage to Mother Earth and with it, the region demonstrates its commitment to protecting the planet and those who, by defending it, care for our lives and our future.
Census results shift political power in Congress, presidential elections by Dudley L. Poston Jr. for The Conversation, 5/2/21
New York is going to lose a congressional seat from the 2020 census after falling 89 people short of qualifying for another district ‐ the smallest margin for a state to lose a seat since at least 1940, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
New data from the 2020 U.S. census released April 26, 2021, indicates that starting in 2023 ‐
after the next congressional elections ‐
seven states will have fewer seats in Congress than they do now, and six will have more.
These calculations and changes are the primary purpose of the government's efforts every 10 years to count all the people who live in the United States. It's written into the U.S. Constitution. In addition, the number of House seats a state has helps determine the size of its delegation to the Electoral College, increasing or decreasing state residents’ power to pick the president.
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US bans travel from India amid soaring coronavirus surge by Harry Johnson for eTN, 5/2/21
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US administration announced that most travel from India will be banned starting Tuesday amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. “On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday.
“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India,” she said. It will take effect on Tuesday, May ”.
The move comes on top of international travel restrictions already in place requiring people to have a negative test result before coming to the United States. The move is not expected to apply to U.S. citizens.
New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen? By Morgan Bazilian and David Victor for the Conversation 4/23/2021
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President Joe Biden announced an ambitious new national climate target at the world leaders'
climate summit on April 22. He pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by the end of this decade ‐ a drop of 50‐52% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels – and aim for net zero emissions by 2050.
The new goal is a big deal because it formally brings together the many different ideas on infrastructure, the budget, federal regulatory policy and disparate actions in the states and industry for transforming the U.S. economy into a highly competitive, yet very green giant. It also signals to the rest of the world that “ America is back” and prepared to work on climate change.
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