Vladivostok, Russia - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined leaders from Japan, South Korea, Russia, China and more than a dozen other countries at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia where he pushed businesses and governments to join forces not just on trade and investment but also on the decarbonization of the economy.

Washington, DC - U.S. cooperation with the European Commission, facilitated by the Department of State, allowed for rapid activation of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) over the Texas and Louisiana coasts affected by Category-4 Hurricane Harvey, the largest recorded rainstorms ever to hit the contiguous United States. This service has provided local, state, and federal disaster managers with free, real-time, all-weather radar satellite images of the affected areas; we are grateful to our European partners, including the European Space Agency and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, for their assistance during this challenging time.

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Washington, DC - When Continental flight 3407 crashed on approach to Buffalo Niagara airport on February 12, 2009, all 49 persons on board, and one on the ground, were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation within hours, and ultimately determined that the crash was caused in part by pilot error, with fatigue as a contributing factor. To prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new work rules mandating shorter shifts and longer rest periods for all commercial pilots.

San Diego, California - It’s a win for conservation this month, after researchers revealed that more than 4,000 online volunteers have completed more than two years of conservation work in the span of only two months. The volunteers are taking part in a giraffe tracking project through San Diego Zoo Global’s crowdsourcing conservation website WildwatchKenya.org, which launched in June. Since then, volunteers have made more than 1 million classifications and retired almost 100,000 individual images from motion-activated trail cameras in Kenya—providing researchers with enough data to allow them to explore "giraffe hotspots" (areas that are showing high volumes of giraffe activity), as well as identifying areas with no signs of giraffes. Conservationists said they are happy with the site launch, but a lot more work still needs to be done—and Wildwatch Kenya is expected to become even more valuable moving forward.

Washington, DC - “I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: To improve jobs and wages for Americans; to strengthen our nation's security; and to restore respect for our laws.” ~ President Donald J. Trump