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President Obama Talks Climate Change: “We need to act”

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On the steps of Georgetown University Tuesday, President Obama announced his multi-step plan to fight climate change and called the American people to action. The President began his speech by citing facts and examples of climate change that have already been witnessed across this nation. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters, which stem from our warming planet, cost the American economy more than $100 billion. Left unmitigated, global warming will continue to cause increasingly Read More >

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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Poll: Americans Feeling the Pinch of Gas Prices Want More Renewable Fuel

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With summer driving season here, a new public opinion poll commissioned by Fuels America gauges the consumer impacts of constantly fluctuating gas prices and reveals that Americans believe renewable fuel is the solution. The survey, conducted by Research Now, identified specific budget items families have to give up when faced with high gas prices. It also recorded their opinions of oil, renewable fuel and the impacts both have on the economy and our environment. Americans Read More >

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Advances in Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Shine at BIO World Congress

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“Natural and organic personal care is the fastest growing sector of the global personal care industry.” Kathy Lowther opened the discussion focused on Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Destined for Food Ingredients, Cosmetics and Personal Care Sectors by getting the attention of the audience with the projection that the fastest growing sector will reach $14 billion by 2015. Based in Alberta, Lowther discussed how the province will be joining this ever growing market. Alberta’s Specialty Read More >

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MERS, Patents, and Material Transfer Agreements: What WHO Didn’t Know

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The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a SARS like virus has lead to some strong anti-IP statements in Geneva.  A recent article titled “Finding a Fall Guy for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” in IPWatchdog provides context from multiple news sources and concludes: “An independent review of the claims that patents and the [Material Transfer Agreements] are hindering international MERS-COV research appeared in a May 28, 2013 story in Science Insider. Here’s the lead: Are Read More >

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