Climate change will challenge US military, Hagel says
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Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday.

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Gas boom from unrestrained fracking linked to emissions rise
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An unrestrained global fracking boom that unleashes plentiful and cheap gas will not tackle global warming by replacing coal and cutting carbon emissions, according to a comprehensive analysis that takes into account the impact on the rest of the energy supply.

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the-dangers-of-frackingOur attention is divided by so many issues these days but support of bill A2108/S1041 that will prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of wastewater and other byproducts of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in New Jersey should not be overlooked. Many of us had already contacted our governor to encourage him to sign the bill that has earned bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. New Jersey is one of the nation’s most populated states and we cannot afford to have the safety of our water compromised. Learning how to deal with the contaminated waste of fracking is perhaps the biggest threat this process poses to water systems.  We are concerned about how the toxic waste containing known carcinogens (and yet whose composition is inexplicably protected by exemptions to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act also known as the SuperFund, and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) will affect the drinking water of our children and their children.

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It is with great disappointment that Governor Christie’s vetoed a similar bill when it was before him in 2012 and has vetoed it once again despite the overwhelming support of legislators from his own party. No New Jersey treatment plants have been designed to treat wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and none of our facilities are permitted to process highly radioactive elements.

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QUENCH is a fledgling grassroots effort, joining the over 80 (and growing!) number of groups concerned about our environment and the legacy we leave our children. We are raising our voices to let the governor know of our dissatisfaction with what appear to be excuses rather than reasons for failing to get behind our legislators.  This is not a partisan issue, we all drink water and we all shower.  We hope you will also find this an issue which, like ourselves, you believe cannot be ignored. Make sure your divided attention includes a call to legislators. Let them know we need to extend water protections and demand an over ride vote on the bill to Ban Frack Waste.

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Join an incredible coalition of environmental groups and concerned citizens to fight a proposed natural (fracked) gas pipeline through the Pinelands preserve. Although the Pinelands commissioners voted 7 to 7 in January and stopped the project in its tracks, the project is far from dead. South Jersey Gas has publicly stated its desire to have another vote in the near future. The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to work gathering support to send the names of 2 nominees appointed by the Governor to replace Commissioners Jackson and Green who had voted against the pipeline project. We must demonstrate the growing opposition that is mounting against these nominations. Join the Bus for Progress in Trenton on Thursday.

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“The Science Denial Playbook: What We Can Learn from Debates on Evolution and Climate Change” @ Monmouth University Woodrow Wilson Hall - Wilson Auditorium
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"The Science Denial Playbook:  What We Can Learn from Debates on Evolution and Climate Change" @ Monmouth University Woodrow Wilson Hall - Wilson Auditorium | West Long Branch | New Jersey | United States

Anne Reid,executive director of the National Center for Science Education -NCSE, the organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate science in the public schools will be available at Monmouth University to present on the mission of NCES.