FROM Brad Knickerbocker
Polar Bear Habitat Threatened by Drilling Leases in Alaska It's been said that polar bears are now the poster-species for global warming. The Bush Administration may declare them endangered. But while that decision is pending , the Minerals Management Service has sold oil leases in marine habitat used by one of Alaska's two polar bear populations. Royal Dutch Shell was the high bidder today for oil leases in the Chuckchi Sea off the northwest shore of Alaska, an area slightly smaller than the State of Pennsylvania. Brad Knickerbocker writes for the Christian Science Monitor .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.