Are We Ready for Climate Change Refugees?
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Melting ice and rising sea levels are driving native Alaskans out of their homes. Entire villages are struggling with the need to move. We hear about the earliest ravages of climate change and what they could mean for other places in the US and the rest of the world. Also, what will Medicare's healthier outlook mean for the budget battle? On Reporter's Notebook, Japan and South Korea have suspended imports of some American wheat. The European Union has ordered some testing. It's all about genetically modified Roundup Ready wheat by Monsanto.
Banner image: Aerial view of Kivalina, Alaska. Photo USCG Press
What Will Medicare's Healthier Outlook Mean for Budget Battle? ()
Reports on the two largest federal programs came out today: the annual check-ups by the trustees of Social Security and Medicare. There's good news and bad news for both deficit hawks and advocates for senior citizens. Damian Paletta is economic policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Refugees from Climate Change in Alaska ()
Native Alaskans are living through a climate-change wake-up call for the US and the rest of the world. As sea ice that's protected coastal villages from harsh winter storms melts away, there's no system to help communities that have to move. We hear about the desperate plight of Eskimo villagers in what looks like a preview of what's to come in more heavily populated locations. It's hard enough to rebuild after one-time events like Katrina or Sandy. Can we prepare for the relocation that might be required by slow-moving disasters?
- Patricia Cochran: Alaska Native Science Commission
- Colleen Swan: Kivalina City Council
- Robin Bronen: Alaska Institute for Justice
- Alice Thomas: Refugees International, @RefugeesIntl
Stray Monsanto GMO Strain Causes Halt in Wheat Trade ()
The European Union wants tests on some shipments from the United States. Japan and South Korea have already suspended some imports. It's all about genetically modified wheat by Monsanto they haven't approved, but which turned up in a field in Oregon. Monsanto says it hasn't grown Roundup Ready wheat in Oregon in 12 years, so if the recent finding is determined to be valid, its presence is "very limited." Opponents of GMO's aren't buying that, and the Center for Food Safety says, "It's highly doubtful that it's just on one farm. If it's out there, it's out there." That's according to today's Washington Post in a story by Steven Mufson.
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