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Montgomery makes history as first to join Under2 group

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Montgomery County recently became the first county in the U.S. and the first jurisdiction in Maryland to join the “Under2” Coalition, an international pact of states, provinces, regions, cities and nations committed to fighting climate change, county officials said.

Members of the Subnational Global Climate Leadership, or “Under2,” Coalition are dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to keep the global average temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius above the Earth’s pre-industrial revolution temperature.

According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if the temperature rises more than 2 degrees, there could be dangerous consequences for the environment. Taryn Akiyama, the Under2 Coalition project coordinator, said the worldwide coalition is made up of 187 governments spanning 38 countries and six continents.

County officials determined the County should join the coalition to affirm its responsibility as a local jurisdiction to fight climate change.

“Now, more than ever, jurisdictions need to redouble their efforts to address climate change,” County Executive Ike Leggett said in a County press release. “We have many forward-thinking and concerned residents and businesses in Montgomery County who understand the urgency of this issue. We are proud to join the growing international coalition seeking to reduce the risks to the environment and the economy from climate change.”

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Maybe it really is all a flashback - POTUS is cool

CNGXcmfUcAEHvmpI woke up in one of “those” moods.
What kind of mood do you ask? Well, I guess somewhere between “Come on people now, smile on your brothers, everybody get together try to love one another right now,” written by Chet Powers and famously recorded by the Youngbloods and H.L. Mencken’s feelings about religion: “In America it is used as a club and a cloak by both politicians and moralists, all of them lusting for power and most of them palpable frauds.”

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Welcome to The Jungle!

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CALAIS, FRANCE - At first blush, 20-year-old Ali Hussein looks as if he just stepped out of the Montgomery Mall.

With his tan canvas shoes, tight-fitting jeans and a draw-string graphic shirt, he smiles as he speaks - a soft, easy cadence that puts listeners at ease.

He dreams of going to college to study computer science. He fusses over his hair, and he worries about his two brothers and his parents.
But he has one big problem most mall rats never consider.
“I live in the jungle. This is what the French call it.”
“The Jungle” is a notorious refugee camp outside of this famous French port city and is home to 6,000 to 9,000 people, depending on who does the counting. The French government claims the former while residents claim the latter.

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