FROM Martin Parry
With Global Warming Already Here, What Do We Do about It? Climate change is no longer a question of "if" or "when." The impact of warming is evident right now—and so is the human contribution. Even if greenhouse-gas emissions are significantly reduced, the change is inevitable. So it's time to prepare for floods, droughts and other catastrophes. That's the latest after four days of debate between scientists and government bureaucrats from more than 100 countries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released the second in a series of reports on climate change. The first concluded with 90% certainty that human activity is the main cause of global warming since 1950. Who will be hit the hardest? What does it mean to "prepare?" What are the potential consequences in the United States?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.