FROM Alice Thomas
Climate Change, the Vatican and Poverty Governor Jerry Brown is at the Vatican, where the Pope is hosting a conference on climate change. One warning siren about climate change rose above the rest this week, from prominent climate scientist James Hansen — the guy who pretty much put climate change on the map back in 1988. In a new report , Hansen says that in less than 50 years, we'll witness a rise in sea level of at least 10 feet. Coastal cities like New York will be rendered uninhabitable in only a few decades.
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?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.