FROM David Keith
The Perils and Promise of Geoengineering The west and southwest U.S. are about to face "unprecedented drought conditions," according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. The authors say the decades-long droughts known as “mega droughts” are probably on the way by mid-century. Pronouncements like these are making geoengineering sound more palatable. Once written off as wacky science fiction, geoengineering is now being taken seriously. This week, a panel at the National Academy of Sciences recommended proceeding with research on technologies that could suck carbon dioxide out of the air and reflect back sunlight. We hear from two scientists about the possible risks and rewards of this technology.
Climate Change: Will We Have to Get Used to It? Warnings about climate change have been increasingly urgent, but there's no collective will to take action. Now the focus is shifting, from prevention to mitigation. Global warming is happening. If it's not going to be slowed down, how can it be coped with? We hear about the latest report from the UN's International Panel on Climate Change, due out on Sunday. It will advocate expensive, untested technologies. It's all about preparing for next year's Summit of world leaders in Paris. There's hope that it might make up for the failed summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Will another call for alarm make a difference? Is it time to re-frame the issue and talk about how to prepare for the consequences of not taking action?
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.
Twists and turns on Capitol Hill What’s the political fallout over the GOP health care bill? The investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign also took another twist today. And, will Democrats filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.