Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Bad flu season catches hospitals off guard

Kate Tulenko discusses China’s flu outbreak

Best Renewable Energy Projects In the World You’ve Never Seen Before

Lancang-Mekong River Cooperation on the lifeblood of 60 million people

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship

Trump’s ‘s***hole’ comment is intolerable ‘bigotry’ – civil rights attorney

Welcome to #COP23 – 2017 UN Climate Change Conference

COP23 #HaveYourSei Wrap-Up

New York City Moves to Divest Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels

Jan 10, 2018

In more climate news, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is slated to announce today that New York City is divesting the city’s five pension funds of $5 billion in fossil fuel investments. New York City officials are citing climate change as the reason for the divestment, which they say is the largest of any municipality so far. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said, “Safeguarding the retirement of our city’s police officers, teachers and firefighters is our top priority, and we believe that their financial future is linked to the sustainability of the planet.” In response, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted, “One of the biggest days in 30 years of the climate fight. Earth’s mightiest city now in full-on fight with its richest, most irresponsible industry.”

First Fire, Then Floods: 13 Dead in Mudslides in California

Jan 10, 2018

In California, at least 13 people have died after torrential rains triggered mudslides in Santa Barbara County. At least two dozen more people are missing, and authorities expect the death toll to rise. Scientists have linked extreme rainfall events to climate change. This is Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

Sheriff Bill Brown: “While we hope it will not, we expect that this number will increase as we continue to look for people who are still missing and unaccounted for. We had a very difficult time assessing the area and responding to many of those areas to assist those people. The only words I can really think of to describe what it looked like was it looked like a World War I battlefield.”

The torrential downpours and deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara, California, come only weeks after the region was ravaged by historic and deadly winter wildfires.