New Jones Beach Center Opens Aimed At Climate Change Education

WANTAGH, NY — The new Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center has opened , Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The center, which opened during Climate Week, aims to teach the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems and how that same energy can help advance the state’s efforts to fight climate change. The facility was created by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“The Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center embodies New York State’s leadership in protecting the environment and promoting renewable energy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Long Islanders know firsthand how the devastating effects of climate change and extreme weather are impacting our lives on a daily basis and this Center will equip visitors with knowledge to join the fight against climate change and protect our environment for generations to come.

The environmental education center specifically teaches how humans consumption of energy changes

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what will she mean for women’s rights?

<span>Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was revered, a pioneering champion of gender equality. But her potential replacement on the supreme court threatens a systematic unraveling of hard-won rights that have given American women some semblance of autonomy and control.

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“It is a particularly painful irony that much of her legacy is at great risk of being undone by another woman,” said Lucinda Finley, a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law. “A tragic irony.”

On Saturday night, Donald Trump nominated 48-year-old judge Amy Coney Barrett to take Ginsburg’s seat on the court. If confirmed, Barrett will make history as only the second woman to join the court after being nominated by a Republican president. But for women’s rights experts, that will do little to mask what Trump actually wants from his nominee: judicial

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Toms River Food Distribution Uplifts Volunteers, Needy Alike

TOMS RIVER, NJ — “How many families? How many people?”

It’s a question Jeanette Schlapfer asks dozens of times each Friday as cars and SUVs pull up in front of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, arriving to pick up food to get them and their loved ones through another week.

The quick questions — How many families? How many people? — help the dozen or so volunteers working alongside Schlapfer determine how many boxes of food to load into each vehicle. But they also are emblematic of the bigger problem of food insecurity.

Food insecurity has long existed in America and in Ocean County. Even in times where joblessness has been low, there have been people in need of help feeding themselves and their families.

An estimated 37.2 million Americans, including 11 million children, were considered food insecure under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics

NEW YORK (AP) — “I did the best I could,” President Donald Trump said.

Huddled with aides in the West Wing last week, his eyes fixed on Fox News, Trump wasn’t talking about how he had led the nation through the deadliest pandemic in a century. In a conversation overheard by an Associated Press reporter, Trump was describing how he’d just publicly rebuked one of his top scientists — Dr. Robert Redfield, a virologist and head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Redfield had angered the president by asserting that a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn’t be widely available until late 2021. So hours later, with no supporting evidence, Trump called a news conference to say Redfield was “confused.” A vaccine, Trump insisted, could be ready before November’s election.

Mission accomplished: Fox was headlining Trump’s latest foray in his administration’s ongoing war against its own scientists.

It is a

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