WASHINGTON — The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board, which advises the federal government on management of the country’s national parks, have jointly resigned to protest Trump administration policies that the board members say have ignored science, squelched efforts to address climate change and undermined environmental protections.
Researcher Tiina Jaaskelainen points out a possible sighting of wildlife aboard the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it traverses the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017.
AP | David Goldman This spring semester, Professor Jonathan Brockopp introduced a new course at University Park called the “Ethics of Climate Change” — a class aiming to deliver a better understanding of the role climate change plays in the environment.
Brockopp hopes students learn they can make a difference.
“This is a huge problem, but we have the tools to understand the debate,” he said. “We can all make a contribution to addressing this looming crisis.”
The New York Times reports the Pentagon is quietly preparing for a potential war with North Korea, with the U.S. military launching a series of war games and exercises from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to the skies above Nevada, to a planned deployment of even more special operations troops to the Korean Peninsula during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. The planning for a potential nuclear war comes as President Trump has repeatedly threatened to launch a nuclear strike against North Korea.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Pentagon is also planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons. The report is based on a new Defense Department nuclear strategy review, which says the proposed new nuclear weapons would be to counter Russia and China. Last week, The Guardian reported the Trump administration is planning to loosen the restrictions on the use of nuclear weapons and develop a nuclear warhead for U.S. Trident missiles. This all comes as Trump has proposed building up the United States’ nuclear arsenal and has reportedly asked, about nuclear weapons, “If we had them, why can’t we use them?”
Amy Goodman interviewed actress and writer Issa Rae at the University of Michigan’s 31st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium in 2017. Rae is the creator of the HBO series “Insecure” which grew out of her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Rae is the first African-American woman to create and star in a premium cable series.
“North Korean nuclear program is in response to US threat of war”, said Jejum Joo, Chief of Political Department of Korean Alliance for Progressive Movement (KAPM) in a discussion with Newsclick at the sidelines of Asian Assembly for Peoples Movements and Organisations in Dhaka.
DemocracyNow.org – Dr. Izzeldeen Abuelaish was a well-known Palestinian gynecologist who spent years working in one of Israeli’s main hospitals. On January 16, 2009, two days before the end of Israel’s brutal 22-day assault on Gaza, his home was shelled twice by Israeli tanks. His three daughters and his niece were killed. He has just written a book about his life called, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey On the Road to Peace and Human Dignity. He joins us in our studio for an extended conversation.
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