Top of the Morning: Obama to Announce New Measures to Curb Climate Change

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Obama to Announce New Measures to Curb Climate Change

In a much anticipated speech today, President Obama will spell out a series of executive actions the White House will take in the coming months to curb carbon emissions and support clean technology. “The centerpiece of the plan is a push to issue new regulations that would curb greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, according to people briefed on the plan by the administration. Other components will include energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and help for communities preparing for the effects of climate change.” (Houston Chronicle

Security Council Takes Aim at Sexual Violence in Conflict

Angelina Jolie had a starring role in a meeting of the Security Council dedicated to combating sexual violence in armed conflict. “During a debate on women and peace and security, the 15-member body today unanimously adopted resolution 2106, by which it emphasized more consistent and rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes as a central aspect of deterrence, and ultimately prevention. It emphasized that ‘effective steps to prevent and respond to such acts significantly contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security; and stresses women’s participation as essential to any prevention and protection response…’” (UN