Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMSome 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said on Saturday, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food. [News Source]
Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought.
Why we believe obvious untruths.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMHow can so many people believe things that are demonstrably false? The question has taken on new urgency as the Trump administration propagates falsehoods about voter fraud, climate change and crime statistics that large swaths of the population have bought into. But collective delusion is not new, nor is it the sole province of the political right. Plenty of liberals believe, counter to scientific consensus, that G.M.O.s are poisonous, and that vaccines cause autism. [News Source]
Analysis: Leaving the Paris Agreement would be Trump’s worst move yet.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Trump administration is reportedly in the midst of a heated debate over whether to remain committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. (Cue "should I stay or should I go. [News Source]
Will SF Bay wetlands restoration be a casualty of EPA cuts?
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMThe Trump administration could eliminate all federal funding for wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay, according to a budget plan that has shocked local and state officials, but is just one piece of broad changes to federal environmental programs. [News Source]
Living on Earth: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on corporate cash, climate & democracy.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMCritics warned the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Citizen’s United would unleash a flood of corporate cash. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, believes that has happened and among other effects, has allowed the fossil fuel industry to derail climate discussions and policy-making. The Senator speaks with host Steve Curwood about his new book, “Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy." [News Source]
Cause of most US wildfires traced to people, study finds.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMPeople have triggered 5 out of 6 wildfires in the U.S. over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the East and last longer in the West, a new study finds. [News Source]
‘Frack Master’ facing criminal theft charges for failing to pay Rockwall County printer.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMFederal regulators are suing to get Plano's famed "Frack Master" to repay investors tens of millions of dollars. But it's a $3,000 bill from a Royse City printer that could put him behind bars. [News Source]
How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMIn a few days the Arctic’s beleaguered sea ice cover is likely to set another grim record. Its coverage is on course to be the lowest winter maximum extent ever observed since satellite records began. These show that more than 2 million square kilometres of midwinter sea ice have disappeared from the Arctic in less than 40 years. [News Source]
Chevron warns it could face climate change lawsuits with future oil drilling potentially ‘economically infeasible.’
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMIn an industry first, one of the world’s biggest oil companies has warned it could face legal action over climate change. [News Source]
Extreme heatwave days already hitting poorer nations more than rich.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMWhen Nicholas Herold was hunting for data on how much climate change was affecting the world's poorest nations, he was surprised when he couldn't find answers in the published research. [News Source]
Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines.
Sunday March 05th 2017, 9:00 AMn this week’s Beyond the Headlines, host Steve Curwood and Peter Dykstra go back over some highlights of Mr. Trump’s February 28 address to Congress and reflect on past presidential environment-related comments. The pair discuss a possible Texas plan to poison millions of feral hogs, and the invention of that show business staple, limelight. [News Source]