Drought affected fields at Shaw Farm in Dracut. The dairy farm has felt the effects of the severe drought that has plagued parts of Massachusetts this summer. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)
This month is expected to be the hottest August on record in Boston.
If climate projections hold, we’re going to have to get used to more sweltering heat. One of the “key findings” by Climate Ready Boston in May was that, by 2030, there may be as many as 40 days over 90 degrees. By 2070, there could be as many as 90 days over 90: almost the whole summer.
How will Boston adapt to a climate that could look less like New England and more like Baltimore or Atlanta?
Each year we watch on television or witness ourself extreme events related to more pronounced climate change, this documentary by Climate State aims to capture the current state of affairs when it comes to our climate crisis.
Since President Barack Obama took office, he has overseen more than $200 billion in international arms deals. Unsurprisingly, the stock prices for defense contractors are at five-year highs. James Carden, contributing writer for The Nation, tells RT America’s Anya Parampil: “The arms industry is calling the shots,” which is ironic considering Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency.
During a speech at the National Press Club, former Senator Bob Graham (D-Florida) called on lawmakers to release more information from the investigation into the September 11th terrorist attacks. Graham told RT that he hopes Congress will “follow up on the leads in the 28 pages,” which detail how families with close ties to the Saudi government helped the 9/11 hijackers. RT America’s Manuel Rapalo reports.
Toxic algae blooms have spoiled fishing and swimming season in more than 20 states this summer. Environmentalists say the algae expands so rapidly that a lake can be covered in hours while sickening humans and killing pets exposed to the water. For more on this, RT America’s Anya Parampil is joined by Bev Anderson, environmental scientist with the California Water Resources Control Board.
Standing beneath the forest-green peaks of the Sierra Nevada, President Barack Obama drew a connection Wednesday between conservation efforts and stopping global warming, describing the two environmental challenges as inseparably linked. (Aug 31)
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