Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMWhen President Donald Trump became the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 20, he accepted the responsibility to defend the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Climate change is high on that list. [News Source]
Climate change is a clear and present danger to US security.
How science can resist Trump.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMThe March for Science, in April, may be a June to September romance between academia and and political activists, but prior experience in Canada suggests we are in it for the cold hard winter. [News Source]
Australian Government warns against risky investment in ‘clean coal’ technology.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Clean Energy Finance Corporation has said it is “very unlikely” it would invest in new coal-fired generators and poured cold water on the federal government’s push to support “clean coal” technology. [News Source]
We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMRegardless of alternative facts, fake news or scientific censorship, nature tells the truth. [News Source]
Swift repeal of Obama rules leaves former staffers steaming.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMJoe Pizarchik spent more than seven years working on a regulation to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining. It took Congress 25 hours to kill it. [News Source]
Jimmy Carter makes a stand for solar, decades after the cardigan sweater.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMThe solar panels -- 3,852 of them -- shimmered above 10 acres of Jimmy Carter's soil where peanuts and soybeans used to grow. The panels moved almost imperceptibly with the sun. And they could power more than half of this small town, from which Mr. Carter rose from obscurity to the presidency. [News Source]
U.S. House passes controversial bill on NSF research.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMAs expected, the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3293 by a 236 to 178 vote. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines, with just seven Democrats voting in favor of the bill and four Republicans against. [News Source]
Buying a home in climate change era.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMWith winter storms rocking the East, we are seeing the usual influx of folks looking for homes in our more hospitable climate. But what will climate change mean for prospective home-buyers? [News Source]
NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMIn 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention. [News Source]
Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMIn this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood note that China doubled its solar capacity within 12 months, and discuss scientists’ newfound political activism. Looking back 45 years, they remember the animated film of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, and the furry creature’s rearguard action to speak for and protect the trees. [News Source]
Canadian scientists know what to expect from Trump.
Sunday February 12th 2017, 9:00 AMDuring Stephen Harper’s tenure as Prime Minister of Canada, scientific research on polar bears was politicized, the type of development American scientists fear under Donald Trump. [News Source]