Daily Archives: February 20, 2019

Scandal Fatigue With The Trump Administration Grows

WGBH News
Published on Feb 20, 2019

After former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe told CNN that he and others in the Justice Department thought President Donald Trump might be a Russian asset for Vladimir Putin and the New York Times published a lengthy report making the case that Trump obstructed justice — why are both stories barely making a splash? Jim Braude was joined by David Gergen — CNN analyst, Director of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership and past presidential advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton — and Glenn Carle, former CIA officer and author of “The Interrogator.”

Amid A National Measles Outbreak, Unvaccinated Teens Rebel


WGBH News
Published on Feb 20, 2019

Jim Braude shares his thoughts on the teens trying to get vaccinated against their parents’ wishes and what we need to do to make sure they have the access they need.

Putin warns U.S. against new missiles in Europe


CGTN
Published on Feb 20, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wrapped up his annual state-of-the-nation address. It is the 66-year-old leader’s first address to both houses of parliament since he was elected to a fourth presidential term a year ago. Mr. Putin spent much of his speech on the domestic economy and raising people’s living standards, as well as some critical security issues.

How NASA wasted 46 billion

LECTURE: How Abrupt Climate Change is Redrawing the Map

Beijing to improve quality of agricultural products

Opinion | Time to Panic – The New York Times

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By David Wallace-Wells

Mr. Wallace-Wells is the author of the forthcoming “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.”

Feb. 16, 2019

The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape the flames. Pacific hurricanes forced three million people in China to flee and wiped away almost all of Hawaii’s East Island.

We are living today in a world that has warmed by just one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 1800s, when records began on a global scale. We are adding planet-warming carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at a rate faster than at any point in human history since the beginning of industrialization.

In October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released what has become known as its “Doomsday” report — “a deafening, piercing smoke alarm going off in the kitchen,” as one United Nations official described it — detailing climate effects at 1.5 and two degrees Celsius of warming (2.7 and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). At the opening of a major United Nations conference two months later, David Attenborough, the mellifluous voice of the BBC’s “Planet Earth” and now an environmental conscience for the English-speaking world, put it even more bleakly: “If we don’t take action,” he said, “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

Scientists have felt this way for a while. But they have not often talked like it. For decades, there were few things with a worse reputation than “alarmism” among those studying climate change.

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