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New Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Tue, 2014-07-29 11:26

The signs of climate change are all around us. The average temperature in the United States during the past decade was 0.8° Celsius (1.5° Fahrenheit) warmer than the 1901-1960 average, and the last decade was the warmest on record both in the United States and globally. Global sea levels are currently rising at approximately 1.25 inches per decade, and the rate of increase appears to be accelerating.

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Commerce's NIST Leads Nationwide Effort to Provide Tools and Guidance to Help U.S. Communities Become More Disaster Resilient

Tue, 2014-07-29 11:08

Guest Blog Post by Stephen Cauffman, NIST Lead for Disaster ResilienceWhen disaster strikes . . .No other phrase may be more ominous, conjuring images of powerlessness, destruction, and an aftermath of painful, costly recovery.

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Join a Twitter Q&A on Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction

Tue, 2014-07-29 10:38

Climate change is not a distant threat – we're already experiencing its harmful impacts. That's why President Obama has taken action to cut carbon pollution by moving to cleaner sources of energy and improving the energy efficiency of our cars, trucks, and buildings. But further steps are urgently needed to ensure that we leave our kids a planet that’s not polluted or damaged.

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Should You Look At Pet Franchise Ownership?

Tue, 2014-07-29 09:29

Some of the best advice I can give to you if you’re looking to someday own a franchise business is to look at industries that are growing. The pet industry is one of them, and I have the stats to prove it.  
The pet industry is huge....and it continues to grow, with or without a strong economy. Not many industries can claim to do that. But, is that reason enough for you to consider owning a business in the pet industry?
Pet Industry Statistics

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Unleashing Climate Data to Empower America’s Agricultural Sector

Tue, 2014-07-29 08:16

Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative, the Obama administration is inviting leaders of the technology and agricultural sectors to the White House to discuss new collaborative steps to unleash data that will help ensure our food system is resilient to the effects of climate change.

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Should You Look At Pet Franchise Ownership?

Tue, 2014-07-29 00:00

Some of the best advice I can give to you if you’re looking to someday own a franchise business...

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President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medals of Arts and Humanities

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:41

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This afternoon, the President and the First Lady honored the 2013 National Medals of the Arts and Humanities recipients at the White House. The President told the recipients that their "accomplishments enrich our lives and reveal something about ourselves and our country."

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Delivering the Goods: A Labor of Love for UPS Driver Jay Valentin

Mon, 2014-07-28 18:23

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation's blog. See the original post here.
Like many Americans, when Jesus "Jay" Valentin – a UPS driver – goes to sleep at night in his New Jersey home, he's got a lot on his mind.

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Empowering Africa's Next Generation of Leaders

Mon, 2014-07-28 16:44

President Barack Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the Young African Leaders Initiative town hall in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Boosting Our Global Competitiveness: It’s Time to Invest in America’s Roads, Rails, and Bridges

Mon, 2014-07-28 14:35

When it comes to investing in our infrastructure, the President’s message has been loud and clear: We must upgrade our roads and rails and bridges to grow our economy and create good American jobs. Over the last five decades, U.S. investments in transportation have fallen by nearly 50 percent as a percentage of GDP. So it is not surprising that in the most recent World Economic Forum rankings, the U.S. has fallen from 7th to 18th overall in the quality of our roads in less than a decade.

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