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Maryland Climate and Health Report Identifies State's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

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As world leaders convene in Washington, DC this week for the Climate Action 2016 summit, a new report by Maryland public health leaders, the Maryland Climate and Health Profile report, details the impacts of climate change on the health of Marylanders now and in the future.

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European Politicians Seek Rethink on Proposal to Relicense Glyphosate for 10 Years

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels concerned with cancer prevention want a delay on the European Commission's proposal to re-license glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp and other herbicides, for another 10 years.

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European Union Unable to Handle Crises, Voters Turn to Nationalist Right

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Saudis to sell stake in state-owned oil: Experts Needed

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Brady ‘All but Done’ From a Legal Perspective, UB Sports Law Expert Says

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Economic Concerns Drive Sustainability in American Cities and Towns

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While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns can be just as important to local governments in adopting concrete sustainability plans.

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Graduated Driver Licensing Laws Need to Be Expanded Throughout the U.S.

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. In 2012, 184,000 young drivers were injured in MVCs, and 23 percent of young drivers (15 - 20 years old) involved in fatal MVCs had consumed alcohol. One policy that may reduce alcohol-use behaviors and impaired driving among young people at a population level is graduated driver licensing (GDL), which increases the driving privileges of young novice drivers as they age and gain more driving experience. This research seeks to determine the effects of GDLs on risky driving behaviors of youth and to assess whether GDLs have an unintended effect on underage drinking behaviors.

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Germany Adds Fuel to Turkey’s Assault on Freedom of Speech, Press

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Press Freedoms in Turkey Crumble, Germany Adds Fuel to the Fire

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Turkish tactics to limit freedom of speech and press have reached new heights, says Ankara native Evren Celik Wiltse. Not only has President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intimidated and jailed journalists in his own country, but his efforts have gone international.

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Obama’s Balancing Act - Reduce U.S. Footprint While Holding World Order

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Tighter Enforcement Along the US-Mexico Border Backfired, Researchers Find

The rapid escalation of border enforcement over the past three decades has backfired as a strategy to control undocumented immigration between Mexico and the United States, according to new research that suggests further militarization of the border is a waste of money.

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Countering Islamic State Requires a Stronger US-Coalition Strategy

The current effort by the United States and its coalition partners is insufficient to achieve the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, according to a new RAND report.

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Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill Signifies Victory for African and Native Americans

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Grassroots Tactics Could Improve Global Environmental Policies

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Much of the world may cringe as lemurs are hunted and killed or when entire forests are burnt and harvested for charcoal. However, if local residents don't perceive the actions as crimes or they believe there's a low risk of getting caught, then poaching and deforestation will continue.

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Brazil’s Impeachment Battle a Sad Day for Democracy, Iowa State Political Scientist Says

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Rousseff’s Impeachment Opens New Era of Conflict in Brazil

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Can The States Challenge President Obama On Immigration Policy Before The Supreme Court? Legal Expert Explains

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A Shot in the Dark: New Surveillance Tool Called ShotSpotter Tracks and Records Incidents of Gunfire

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When gunfire is heard and unreported, what does it reveal about the state of crime in America? The University of Virginia’s Jennifer Doleac is determined to find out. An assistant professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, she has been using data from new surveillance technology to research the disparity between the number of recorded gunshot sounds and the number of reported incidents of gun violence.

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Going Tobacco-Free, Tall Order for Health-Care Facilities

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Health-care facilities being tobacco-free seems like a natural fit, but enforcing a tobacco-free policy that prohibits all people from using tobacco in buildings and on campus grounds it owns and leases can be a tall order. A state-wide survey showed that hospital, clinics and cancer treatment were among the health-care facilities in South Dakota with the more comprehensive policies. Use of an electronic health record system was key to assessing patients’ tobacco use.

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Income Tax Preparation Chains Target Low-Income Workers

National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a significant portion of a key federal anti-poverty tax credit just to pay for filing their taxes, a new study concludes.