The recent publication of a climate report draft by the New York Times is raising questions about how President Donald Trump will tight walk the precarious balance between appeasing his voter base (that largely doesn’t believe human-made global warming exists) and a report that is blunt about the fact that human activities have a large role to play in its existence and impact. Recent efforts by federal agencies to evade talking about the phenomena suggests Trump still has a way to go to realize the implications of denouncing climate change. And that has scientists worried.
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The Sierra Club announced that the Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution mandating that the city run 100 percent on renewables by 2050. But as more cities announce these plants, are they backed up by staff and funding?
According to a recent report, there has been a tiny upward blip in trademark requests sent to the federal government to register racists words and slogans for products. The sudden drive to file trademarks for racial slurs comes in the wake of a June Supreme Court decision.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Middle East nation Qatar will still deny children of Qatari women and non-Qatari men the right to full citizenship, a privilege long granted to the children of Qatari men who marry non-citizens.
There have been plenty of theories about the Flint, Michigan water poisoning. One even pinned the blame on the Vortex Winter of 2014-2015. But according to University of Michigan scientists, it wasn’t Mother Nature that caused the water contamination, but one key decision by Flint’s water managers, who were responsible for ensuring the water was clean and potable before it reached residents’ homes.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare actually was good for the economy. That’s the consensus of several research teams that have studied everything from its success in encouraging individuals to seek coverage to its impact on job growth. And no, it wasn’t a “job killer,” Ted.
In January, 27 DOE scientists were scheduled to attend June’s quadrennial International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference on fast breeder nuclear reactors in Yekaterinburg, Russia. So why did none of them make it?
A new EPA report says that since 1970, the combined emissions of six common air pollutants have fallen 73 percent since 1970. Meanwhile, the number of miles Americans have driven have almost tripled, and the economy has expanded to over three times its size from almost a half century ago.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act gives the Department of Homeland Security immediate access to $12million in funding to build the first 15 miles of the border wall, some of which runs through areas with high concentrations of endangered species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
Wisconsin’s politicians are ebullient about Foxconn’s arrival, but it has not taken long for critics of the deal to crunch the numbers and question whether the amount of taxpayers’ money to be spent on luring the company to the Badger State makes it a worthwhile investment for taxpayers.
New Jersey’s legislature passed, and Governor Chris Christie signed into law, Senate Bill 3027, which established a statewide food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030. But plans to achieve the landmark goal are still in development.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it had approved the first of four plans of Volkswagen to invest $800 million in zero-emission infrastructure, outreach and electric vehicle access for citizens who live in disadvantaged communities. The first phase, totaling $200 million, has just been launched.
President Trump’s recent declaration that transgender military enlistees incur “tremendous medical costs” for the government flies in the face of research that shows that the cost of an inclusive environment in today’s businesses is minimal, says the Human Rights Campaign. Its Corporate Index study found that 73 percent of companies it surveyed now provide healthcare for LBGT employees, and the costs are no where near the cost of a presidential weekend golf trip.
We think of the cost of fossil fuel subsidies in terms of our tax dollars. But a new report put out by the European NGO, Health and Environment Alliance, suggests the costs are much higher. What often isn’t calculated into those figures, says HEAL, is our health.
The majority of Miami realtors say their clients don’t usually ask about sea level risks or other climate-related problems that would help them gauge whether the property would be a good buy. And they don’t have a problem paying a premium for the coastline, either.