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Law of the Sea: A National Security Issue That Unites Last Updated on 2012-06-14 00:00:00
Conventional wisdom tells us that with the presidential campaign season upon us, the United States Senate is closed for business.
On the Foreign Relations Committee, we're working now to prove conventional wisdom wrong, because conventional wisdom may be convenient, but national security imperatives are too inconvenient to ignore.
That's why today we're having our second and third major hearings on the Law of the Sea Treaty, which one of my Republican friends calls "the best conservative treaty you've never heard of."
Don't take my word for it. It's a treaty that boasts an unprecedented breadth of support from Republican foreign policy experts, the United States military, and the hard-nosed, bottom line American business community.
It's an issue that President George W. Bush and I actually agreed on -- strongly,... More »
Building Sustainable Future Needs More Than Science, Experts SayLast Updated on 2012-02-20 00:00:00
Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth's worsening emergencies of climate change, species' extinction and resource overconsumption not because of a lack of information, but because of a lack of imagination, social scientists and artists say.
At a conference for the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) here in Vancouver, British Columbia, experts argued that the path to a truly sustainable future is through the muddy waters of emotions, values, ethics, and most importantly, imagination.
Humans' perceptions of reality are filtered by personal experiences and values, said David Maggs, a concert pianist and PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
As a result, the education and communication paradigm of "if we only knew better,... More »
UN reports record greenhouse gas levelsLast Updated on 2011-11-21 00:00:00
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published data Monday showing that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2010 and that the growth of the buildup is accelerating.
The WMO — an arm of the United Nations — issued its latest report on concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases.
“The atmospheric burden of greenhouse gases due to human activities has yet again reached record levels since pre-industrial time,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in a statement.
He warns: “Even if we managed to halt our greenhouse gas emissions today — and this is far from the case — they would continue to linger in the atmosphere for decades to come and so continue to affect the delicate balance of our living planet and our climate.”
The data arrives ahead of the next big round... More »
Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UNLast Updated on 2011-11-05 00:00:00
By Nicole Gaouette and Bill Varner - to Bloomberg News
House Republicans introduced legislation today that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the threat to withhold some of the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.
The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would demand that the UN let countries decide how much to pay and which programs they will support, rather than assessing payments based on a formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and put a hold on creating or expanding peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.
“We need a UN which will advance the noble goals for which it was founded,” Ros-Lehtinen of Florida said in a... More »
UN human rights body criticizes restrictions on free expressionLast Updated on 2011-07-28 00:00:00The United Nations Human Rights Committee has issued a commentary on freedom of expression that says anti-blasphemy laws and restrictions on criticism of governments are incompatible with existing norms and that free expression is essential for the protection of human rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today.
The committee also said counter-terrorism measures, including laws that outlaw acts that allegedly “encourage” or “justify” terrorism, “should be clearly defined to ensure that they do not lead to an unnecessary or disproportionate interference with freedom of expression;” and laws against defamation of public officials and heads of State “should not provide for more severe penalties solely on the basis of the identity of the person that may have been impugned.”
The committee’s... More »
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