Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope- We’re Not Too Late video and review

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Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope: ‘We’re Not Too Late’


Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson‘s new film Time to Chooseexplores the challenges associated with climate change and examines the solutions to solve this global crisis.

Ferguson interviews entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and individuals—including SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall and California Gov. Jerry Brown—working on the front lines of climate change and tells the stories of people working to change the world.

“I made Time to Choose because climate change is the most important issue facing humanity and we urgently need broader understanding of how enormously we would all benefit from addressing it,” Ferguson wrote on the film’s website. “Fortunately it is a challenge

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More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways article

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 More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms Continue to Spread Across State


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New Solar Panel Material article

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Researchers have identified perovskite as a possible game-changer in solar panel production. Let’s take a look at what it could mean for a solar plant that intends to yield a gigawatt of solar panels per year.

A Breakthrough in Solar Cell Science

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a press release to announce new findings for the next generation of solar panels. A typical solar panel you see today uses the sun’s radiation (sunlight), which contains infrared (IR) to ultraviolet rays (UV), by converting it into usable electricity. It accomplishes this by using the amazing chemical properties of silicon crystals.

However, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory 

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Climate Action Coalition of South Florida “Green” Candidate Forums

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The Climate Action Coalition of South Florida

Green” Candidate Forums


League of Women Voters Palm Beach County – Coalition member

August 6, 2016 at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches, 4-6pm

635 Prosperity Farms Rd, North Palm Beach


August 13, 2016 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton,


2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton


All qualified Candidates for County Commissioner, Florida House and FL Senate have been invited.

The North Forum will have candidates from FL Senate Districts 25 & 30; FL House Districts 82, 85, 86, & 87; Commission Districts 1 & 7

The South Forum will have candidates from FL Senate Districts 29 & 31; FL House Districts 88, 90, & 91; Commission Districts 3 & 5



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Center for Biological Diversity letter

Center for Biological Diversity

Dear Lorraine ,Phosphate mine aerial view

Less than an hour from Florida’s sandy beaches is the world’s largest phosphate strip mine. And now the phosphate mining industry wants to tear up an additional 7,500 acres of the nearby Peace River watershed.

We need your help to save what’s left of Florida’s intact habitat and stop this terrible practice.

Phosphate is used to make fertilizer — but mining for it is one of the most destructive practices on Earth. The strip mining permanently removes 30-60 feet of topsoil, sand, clay and rock to get at the underlying ore. Then another process acidizes that rock, leaving behind radioactive waste.

Indeed there are more than a billion tons of radioactive phosphogypsum stored in mountain-like “gypstacks” throughout Florida, where they’ll stay long after the

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Florida has history of disenfranchisement

Palm Beach Post, July 4, 2016
by Mark Schneider (President of ACLU Palm Beach County, LWVPBC and Voting Rights Coalition member)

With the campaigns in full swing, it’s time to remind voters of Florida’s shameful recent history of voter disenfranchisement, including the state’s legacy of stripping the right to vote from felons.
In Florida, felons can apply to have their rights restored five to seven years after completing their sentences. But under Gov. Rick Scott, fewer than 2,000 who applied for rights restoration have been approved. Many of these Floridians, who have paid their debt to society, have applied and been denied or forced to wait in limbo for years without resolution.
Black Floridians are much more likely to be disenfranchised, with nearly one-quarter of Florida’s black …
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Fracked Wells map

fracked wells map


Link to full report.

Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, June 28, 2016

Contact: Patrick Sullivan, 415-517-9364,

Obama Administration Permitted 1,200 Offshore Fracks in Gulf of Mexico

Documents Show Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Fluid Dumped Into Gulf Waters

WASHINGTON— Federal officials permitted more than 1,200 offshore fracks by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2014, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fracking locations

Gulf of Mexico fracking locations. See interactive map. Map courtesy Center for Biological Diversity.

The fracks occurred in at least 630 different wells off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (see interactive map), and many took place in critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles. Oil companies were also allowed …

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Get out the Vote

your vote counts


Is your registration valid? Have you moved recently, want to change your Party Affiliation or update your signature?

You can do this at

Registration closes on August 1.


Why should I vote in August?

This is a primary both for state legislators, US Representatives and Senators in PBC districts and for nonpartisan county offices who have contested elections, plus County and Circuit Court Judges. There is also a referendum on the ballot.


What if I’m not registered in a party?

You will get a separate ballot that has only the nonpartisan races, including Judges on it. These are the offices that affect our everyday life in Palm Beach County.


What if I can’t vote on August 30?

You can

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When the Eight-Member Supreme Court Avoids Deadlocks, It Leans Left – The New York Times

By ALICIA PARLAPIANO UPDATED JUN. 27, 2016 (re-printed from The New York Times)

Decisions in the 2015-16 term were deeply affected by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the refusal of Senate Republicans to approve President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland to fill the empty seat.

supreme court chart

Note: Only non-unanimous, signed decisions in argued cases are included. | Source: Analysis by Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis, and Kevin Quinn, University of California, Berkeley, using the Supreme Court Database.

The court’s decisions continued a
leftward trend, one that would have
probably been amplified by the
addition of Judge Garland to the court.

The court issued liberal decisions in 56 percent of cases so far this term, according to a widely accepted standard developed

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League of Women Voters takes on gun control

The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board meets with the League of Women Voters of Florida’s statewide Gun Safety Committee.

(Start at 45 seconds- there is a long repeating intro)

League of Women Voters takes on gun control

by Beth Kassab – Contact Reporter (re-printed)

June 29, 2016, 5:43 pm

This isn’t your grandmother’s League of Women Voters.

Nobody thought a group of ladies who lunch could take on Florida’s long-entrenched political establishment and radically change the way districts are drawn for state and congressional elections.

But they did.

And they won.

It took a decade — from rallying voter support for two constitutional amendments to a protracted legal battle with the Legislature — but the Florida League of Women Voters helped lead what many saw as a nearly impossible …

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