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?
How will the GOP health care bill affect California? We look at who in California would benefit from the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act, and who would be hurt. Two Trump voters living in Bakersfield also weigh in on the bill.
What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars? With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.
Trump's budget could deal a painful blow to California President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and public education would reverberate throughout California.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.