FROM Richard Ambrose
New Artificial Kelp Reef Unveiled near San Onofre Nuclear Plant The nuclear power plants at San Onofre suck in and discharge 2.4 billion gallons of seawater every day. For decades, Southern California Edison claimed the environmental damage was minimal, but scientists proved the cooling system kills marine life, including garibaldi, the state fish, and shrinks the kelp forest. Since 1997, SCE has worked to compensate, and today it announced completion of the biggest artificial reef in the country. UCLA Professor Richard Ambrose, who's been studying the problem since the mid-80's, is a lead scientist on the project.
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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.
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?