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Posts on America’s work on and co-operation with the UK on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear energy, science, technology cooperation, space, aviation and medicine.

Green Growth: One Tower at a Time

I know that there is a lot of talk about green growth, and how protecting the environment can actually lead to new jobs, but we got to see green growth in action. My colleague and I visited Mabey Bridge Ltd in Chepstow, South Wales. Just as you might guess, Mabey Bridge started out in 1849 building bridges (which they still do), but then in 2011, they began constructing wind towers for on-shore wind farms, and components for off-shore wind farms. The privately owned Mabey business has invested £38 million in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. The on-shore wind towers are just massive,…

Congratulations to Nigeria!

It is rare to hear good news on the Ebola front, but we had some yesterday.  The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free!  This is quite an accomplishment.  I am interested in a personal angle, because my first post was in Lagos, Nigeria, where I got to know a lot of people.  Lagos is a very densely populated city, and if Ebola got free there, it could have some terrible consequences. Nigeria had 19 cases of Ebola, but they worked very hard to isolate all of the Ebola patients, they carefully tracked down all of these people’s contacts,…

Administration’s Response to Ebola

The White House website has dedicated a page to the Administration’s Response to Ebola where it shares important facts about the disease as well as situational updates, what we’re doing at home, and what we’re doing abroad. The site also has news and helpful links. The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government. President Obama reiterated that, while Ebola is a serious disease, Americans need to understand the facts and be guided by the science: Ebola is not easily…

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Ebola: Obama has video conference with Prime Minister

On October 15 the President participated in a video conference with his counterparts Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President François Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy. The group discussed several urgent topics such as the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West…

White House Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Event

On September 26, 44 countries announced over 100 new commitments to prevent, detect and respond to biological threats worldwide.  President Obama and senior officials from around the world called on nations to act now to achieve enduring global health security capacity in West Africa and around the world. National Security Advisor Rice said in her opening remarks, “We need to ask ourselves and our partners, how can we do more? How can we work in more organized and efficient ways? How will we measure our progress to make sure every nation has the capacity it needs?… How many more countries…

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First Case of Ebola in the US

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the confirmation of the first Ebola case in the United States in a person who traveled from West Africa to Texas. The CDC is confident that they’ll be able to control the case and contain any spread of the disease into the rest of the…

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Secretary Kerry: “Our Ocean” in New York

President Obama signed a proclamation designating the largest marine reserve in the world completely off limits to development and commercial resource extraction, including commercial fishing.  This will expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in…

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President Obama at the 2014 Climate Summit

He’s not Leonardo DiCaprio, but President Obama’s, another one of the leading men at yesterday’s 2014 Climate Summit, speech on climate change is well worth a watch or read.  He began with a sober assessment of the magnitude of the problem: For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week — terrorism,…

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NASA’s Maven in Orbit Around Mars

NASA’s newest Mars spacecraft has entered the orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month journey. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) arrived in the orbit of Mars on Sunday 21st September 2014. It is the first mission to ever study the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. “As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper…

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A Major Increase in Our Response to the Ebola Outbreak

On Tuesday, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, President Obama spoke on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak. While starting off by reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak happening…