Saturday, May 14, 2016

News you can share: new limits on methane pollution, 5.8 million job openings, and more

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Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

E.P.A. Methane Leak Rules Take Aim at Climate Change
New York Times // Coral Davenport

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations to control emissions of potent planet-warming methane gas that could leach from new oil and gas wells, the next step in President Obama's effort to combat climate change.

This scientist just changed how we think about climate change with one GIF
Washington Post // Chris Mooney

At a time when scientists, nonprofits, and universities are more and more focusing on communicating research results better, Hawkins basically just hit a grand slam -- and not through some clever turn of phrase or some new metaphor or framing, but rather, through viral data visualization.

Merrick Garland Completes Nominee Questionnaire for the Senate
New York Times // Emmarie Huetteman

Judge Merrick B. Garland sent senators his responses to a nominee questionnaire on Tuesday as White House officials forged ahead with his stalled nomination to the Supreme Court. Traditionally a prerequisite to a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Garland's questionnaire serves as a sort of exhaustive curriculum vitae. The committee promptly posted the 141-page document online.

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland lists his Top 10 cases
USA Today // Richard Wolf and Gregory Korte

President Obama's choice for the nation's highest court submitted his 142-page questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, despite Republican leaders'' steadfast refusal to hold confirmation hearings. The most telling feature of the submission, including 2,066 pages of appendices, was Garland's own "Top 10" list of his most significant opinions and dissents.

U.S. to schools: Give transgender students bathroom rights
Reuters // Megan Cassella

The Obama administration told U.S. public school districts across the country on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth.

America has near record 5.8 million job openings
CNN // Patrick Gillespie

Since November, the number of job openings has increased for five straight months. In 2007, before the Great Recession began, job openings averaged 4.5 million per month. Last year there were 5.3 million openings per month on average.

WATCH: President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University

President Obama issued a rousing call for community action and civic engagement at the nation's oldest historically black college last weekend, saying that our country still faces "so much more work that needs to be done."

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