US position and interventions in the Mid-East, to protect oil interests, laid the groundwork of today’s problems. Here’s how

By Robert Kennedy Jr., excerpt cross-posted from Politico …America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware …

What is the cost of half of refugee children not being in school, when 90%+ were attending before climate, drought, famine and other disruptions in their countries?

New York Times, 16 Sept 2016 The report said only 50 percent of refugee children have access to primary education, compared with a global average of more than 90 percent. As children grow older the gap widens — 22 percent of refugee adolescents attend secondary school, compared with the global average of 84 percent. One percent of refugees attend college, …

Legality of climate change accounting upheld

By Timothy Cama – 08/09/16 12:38 PM EDT Cross-posted from The Hill  A federal appeals court is upholding the Obama administration’s accounting of the costs of greenhouse gas emissions as applied to a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation.  In a unanimous decision late Monday, the Chicago-based 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected an industry-backed request to overturn a 2014 rule …

Sea level rise could be limited to 5-6 ft this century if we keep temp increases below 2°C – transition needed in next decade or two to save east coast cities

From Joe Romm/Climate Progress, 31 Mar 2016 — We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to new analysis. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise by 2100 — which would generate hundreds of millions of refugees. That isn’t even the worst-case scenario.  This latest …