Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMWe usually present a mix of global news, with a small collection of world opinion. [News Source]
Today’s Weekend Reader.
Hungary’s prime minister wants to shut down a beacon of freedom.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMThe front line between liberal values of democracy and the darker forces of authoritarianism can often be found far from government offices, in a civic association or church hall, a newsroom or university classroom. Witness the effort by Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary to close the Central European University in Budapest. [News Source]
Jane Goodall wants you to stand up to those who belittle science.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMFamed anthropologist and conservationist Jane Goodall wants everyone to stand up to those working to undermine scientific research by joining this month’s “March for Science.” [News Source]
A nation in climate denial.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMThere are people who believe that the burning of fossil fuels by human beings has no effect on Earth's climate, despite broad consensus among climate scientists that this is, in fact, the case. [News Source]
Trump leaves science jobs vacant, troubling critics.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMOn the fourth floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the staff of the White House chief technology officer has been virtually deleted, down from 24 members before the election to, by Friday, only one. [News Source]
Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMHe’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum. [News Source]
Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMFlooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. [News Source]
How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMWhen the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on 23 June last year, the decision triggered a period of intense soul-searching and uncertainty, not least for a research community with strong and long-standing financial and social links to the continent. Worries about science funding, residency rights and even about racist attacks took root in laboratories across the country. [News Source]
This is China’s strongest statement yet on climate action.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMAs President Trump rolls back climate policies and finance, China’s UN representative makes a detailed pitch for global leadership. [News Source]
Scientists are mad and fighting back against attacks from GOP, Trump.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMThe White House budget outline, released last week, opens a new front in Republicans' long-running war on science - and on scientists who insist on making decisions based on careful evaluation of empirical evidence. [News Source]
VIDEO: The facts on climate change — and what to do about it.
Sunday April 02nd 2017, 10:00 AMIn advance of Earth Day on April 22, National Geographic Magazine released its latest edition this week featuring the guide, “Seven Things You Need to Know about Climate Change.” It includes facts from scientists about the causes of climate change and how humans can help mitigate its consequences. For more, the magazine’s editor in chief Susan Goldberg joins Hari Sreenivasan. [News Source]