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The Trump administration announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, fulfilling a campaign promise he made repeatedly. Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha has this response:

Even though candidate Trump promised to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, there was some hope that calmer and better-informed voices might prevail once Trump took office, but this apparently did not happen.

The March for Science, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC
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For scientists it can be really tricky to figure out whether to protest, engage with legislators, or stay in the office. Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha compares visits to Capitol Hill with taking part in the People’s Climate March.

Commentary: EPA and Us

Apr 25, 2017
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After World War II, American industry grew rapidly, leading to not only unprecedented wealth and a growing middle class, but also to serious negative effects on the environment.  As industry and population expanded, we learned through poisoned rivers and unbreathable air that there are limits to the capacity of the environment to absorb our waste.  The Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 with strong bipartisan support for efforts to remediate heavily polluted urban air and waterways across the country.

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The 2016 presidential campaign often focused on immigration issues, but there was very little talk about energy or climate change.  Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha thinks we should be talking about all of these issues, and tying them together when trying to come up with solutions.

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The pictures of people fleeing chaos in the Middle East and risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea are disturbing. Do these image represent a view of the future? World leaders are meeting in Paris right now to try to prevent climate catastrophes that could push people out of their homes. Commentator Bob Brecha looks at the links between refugees and climate change during this week’s Climate Commentary.

History Talk: Climate Change and Human Life

Nov 29, 2015

Delegates from across the globe will soon gather at the Paris Climate Change Conference, set to begin at the end of November.

World House Choir To Perform Mass for Mother Earth

Sep 9, 2015
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What happens when a choir director and 100 singers focus on climate change? This weekend, the World House Choir will present Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter. The music is both meditative and a call to action.

Climate Activists Calling On Ohio To Push For Policy Changes

Aug 17, 2015
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There’s some controversy in Ohio around energy standards and proposals. But a national group calling for attention to climate change says the state has the power to shift federal policy and demand clean energy development.

NextGen Climate is calling on all presidential candidates to find a way to power the country with at least 50 percent coming from clean energy sources by 2030.

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A recent UN report concludes that we still have just enough time to prevent the worst effects of climate change.  University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains one of the key steps needed to put us on the right path.

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One of the common impressions we have about environmental issues is that there will always be a trade-off between economic growth and protecting the environment. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha takes a look at new reports about the economics of avoiding climate change.

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