FROM William Chameides
The Controversy about the Role of Trees in Climate Change At the UN's climate summit today in Nairobi, Kofi Annan said there's a "frightening lack of leadership" against global warming. But conflicting reports show how hard it is to know what works and what doesn't. One study says the world's depleted forests are coming back. Forests are regarded as "carbon sinks" that absorb carbon dioxide, one of the major greenhouse gases. Another study says the forests may not absorb much carbon dioxide, despite conventional wisdom. That could have major impact on the multi-billion dollar business of global "carbon trading." We learn more about the controversy over the role of trees in climate change.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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?