Policy & Advocacy
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6/26/2017

A survey of 1,200 young Americans found that 62% of 16- to 19-year-olds say a career in oil and gas is unappealing, including 39% who say it is very unappealing. Two-thirds of the teenagers said they believe the industry causes problems rather than solving them.

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6/26/2017

With the Congressional Budget Office score yet to come and GOP senators on both ends of the political spectrum hesitant about the Republican leaders' health care bill, several Senate Republicans have expressed doubt that the bill can or should be passed before the weeklong recess for July 4. Five senators have said they will not vote for the bill in its current form, and many others are undecided.

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Politico, Fox News
6/26/2017

Since cameras aren't allowed at some White House press briefings, CNN sent a sketch artist Friday to draw the briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer. The sketch artist, Bill Hennessy, often draws Supreme Court proceedings for the network, and with a decades-long career, he has covered events from the President Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings to hearings for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

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6/26/2017

Severely burned victims of an oil tanker explosion that killed more than 140 people and wounded more than 150 in Pakistan are overwhelming hospitals, authorities say. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his condolences to the victims and their families and said the UN is ready to offer support in whatever capacity is needed.

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6/26/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Washington, D.C., this week to urge members of Congress to reject President Donald Trump's plans to slash UN funding, noting it would cause an "unsolvable problem" in UN management. The US currently provides 22% of the UN's operating budget and more than 28% of its peacekeeping budget.

6/26/2017

There are more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in Yemen and that number is increasing by about 5,000 per day, according to officials at UNICEF and the World Health Organization. UNICEF head Anthony Lake and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan are urging officials in Yemen to pay the salaries of 30,000 local health workers fighting the epidemic who have not been paid in almost 10 months.

6/26/2017

More than 500 members of the largely female workforce in Cambodian sportswear factories have fainted over the past year due to long hours and excessive temperatures. "There is no proper investment in an adequate working environment and no investment in the living wage," said Bent Gehrt, Southeast Asia field director for the Worker Rights Consortium.

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The Guardian (London)
6/26/2017

Global adherence to the Paris climate agreement and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions are the only ways to save coral reefs around the world, according to a report by UNESCO. The report says local efforts to protect corals remain necessary but are insufficient on their own.

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The Guardian (London)
6/26/2017

The perpetrators of three separate bombings in Pakistan that have killed at least 37 people and injured over 100 must be brought to justice, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Twin bombings killed 25 at a marketplace in the country's northwest, while a suicide bomber killed a dozen people in Quetta city.

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6/26/2017

Nonprofits have an increasingly important role to play in disaster relief but more focus should be placed on pre-disaster preparation and long-term recovery. Federal funding can take months to kick in, and many families and businesses are left without support between the initial burst of volunteers and private money and the months that follow before federal support arrives.

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