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?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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.