They may be incredibly small but ticks can cause some serious health issues. Cases of Lyme disease have doubled in Canada within a year. We look at the threat and tips you need to know to protect yourself.
It’s an environmental issue that’s become a thorny political problem. Iran has been experiencing severe drought for several years. A growing population, increased water consumption and government mismanagement are all to blame. Scientists warn that if nothing is done, Iran could reach a state of extreme water stress by 2040. So will Iran’s drought be a catalyst for change? The Down To Earth team takes a closer look.
Over the past few years in Israel, the country’s water shortage has become a surplus. Through a combination of conservation, reuse and desalination, the country now has more water than it needs. And that could translate to political progress for the country in the Middle East, one of the most water-stressed regions in the world. NewsHour’s Martin Fletcher reports.
The first African slaves arrived in North America 400 years ago this month, landing at Jamestown in what’s now Virginia. Recently, the idea of paying reparations for the atrocity of slavery has been earning new attention, even making its way into 2020 presidential debates. Economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the question of whether a debt might be owed to generations of slave descendants.
At Wednesday evening’s Democratic presidential debate, Washington Governor Jay Inslee promoted his climate justice proposal, which would create a 10-year, $9 trillion investment plan to combat the climate crisis, with $1.2 trillion earmarked to help frontline communities build a green energy economy. The plan would also phase out U.S. fossil fuel production and end coal power by 2030. This is Governor Jay Inslee.
Gov. Jay Inslee: “If we make defeating the climate crisis the top priority of the United States, we will have a fighting chance to save ourselves and our children’s future. It has to be our top priority. My plan is one of national mobilization, quickly bringing 100% clean energy to Americans, creating 8 million good union jobs.”
In climate news, a massive heat dome that shattered all-time temperature records across much of Europe last week has settled in over Greenland, driving temperatures across the vast Arctic island to as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Writing in Rolling Stone in an article headlined “Greenland Is Melting Away Before Our Eyes,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns Greenland’s ice is expected to melt at its fastest rate ever recorded today, when “more than 12 billion tons of water will permanently melt away from the ice sheet and find its way down to the ocean, irreversibly raising sea levels globally.”
Harvard professor Cornel West joins Democracy Now! to offer a critical analysis of this week’s highly contentious Democratic presidential candidate debates. He discusses how the mixed legacy of the Obama years casts its shadow over the Democratic party, especially on the subjects of war and empire. West says establishment Democrats, along with the corporate media, have played a big part in whitewashing the Obama era, which saw the administration extend the reach of American empire by expanding the drone war in the Middle East and Africa. “The Democratic Party is in a tough situation because you have Democrats in love with their dear brother Barack Obama — and we know he is a zillion times better in many ways than Trump in the White House right now — but on the other hand, it was not a golden age,” says West. “This is part of the tightrope that needs to be walked by that part of the progressive wing [of] the Democratic Party.”
Rachel Maddow looks at the history of scientific excellence and global leadership by the USDA and how the agency’s research capacity is being decimated by Donald Trump and Secretary Sonny Perdue’s effort to suppress climate science and other research that doesn’t comport with the Trump agenda.
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