FROM Gifford Briggs
Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline Scientists are calling it the biggest economic and environmental catastrophe facing the US, yet few Americans are even aware of it. Louisiana is shrinking. In the past 80 years the state has lost 2,000 miles of coastal lands. Even more alarming, though -- scientists predict that in just the next 50 years the better part of the southeastern region of the Bayou State will be underwater, along with half of the country’s oil refineries, a third of our total gas and oil supply, a port in use by 31 states, and the homes of close to 2 million people. Louisiana has a master plan to restore its coast, but so far the state, the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists are deadlocked in a legal battle over what steps should be taken, and who will foot the bill.
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?
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.