FROM Ted Scambos
Giant Chunk of Ice Breaks off Greenland Glacier Yesterday, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke off from Petermann Glacier, one of Greenland's largest and just the latest in a process scientists attribute to global warming. The iceberg that broke off was 46 miles square. Two years ago, the same glacier lost an area of 97 square miles. Scientists say the Greenland ice sheet itself is being reduced not just in size but also in volume. Glaciologist Ted Scambos is lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?