The youth of America aren’t particularly keen on Joe Biden, a fact that was on full display during Wednesday night’s CNN Climate Town Hall. Biden’s portion of the night kicked off with a question from 19-year-old Katie Eder, the executive director of the youth-led organization Future Coalition, who very nicely asked why the hell anyone under the age of 40 should trust him or anyone else of his generation.
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Indonesia is the world’s top palm oil producer — yet too often, yields come at the expense of nature’s health.
Source: Charting a sustainable path in a land of peat, oil palm and pollution
Politics intruded on science and intelligence. That’s why I quit my job as an analyst for the State Department.
the overall total at 2,620 cases, 1,756 of them fatal. So far the DRC president’s office, which earlier this week shifted outbreak response activities to its technical group, has not issued any detailed daily updates following the resignation of the country’s health minister.
Source: Beni Ebola activity tops first wave as outbreak grows by 8 cases | CIDRAP
Exactly 75 summers ago, Buckminster Fuller accidentally discovered a self-air conditioning house. How did he do it? Comic about passive cooling.
Source: Buckminster Fuller’s Chilling Domes – Stuart McMillen comics
Coillte, a state-owned commercial forestry business, started buying land and planting here in the 1960s. Private companies, encouraged by tax breaks, followed. Farm land vanished as Sitkas multiplied. They now number an estimated 34.5m – more than 1,000 for each inhabitant. The trees mature in about 30 years – exponentially faster than oak – and are then felled, making way for a fresh plantation. “The forest closed in bit by bit,” said McCaffrey, a farmer, who now feels surrounded. The trees eclipse sunlight, exude mist and block wifi and phone networks, inducing isolation, he said. “It’s a death sentence for the townlands.” These non-native trees carpet the soil with acidic needles and smother wildlife, said Natalia Beylis, an artist. “A lot of people find them spooky because they don’t have life in them. They’re silent except on the edges.”
Source: The wrong kind of trees: Ireland’s afforestation meets resistance | World news | The Guardian
Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese suffer from gene mutations resulting from the Americans’ use of Agent Orange during the war. Birth defects are still a regular occurrence. Now, 44 years later, the U.S. has suddenly pledged more aid.
Source: Vietnam’s Ongoing Fight Against Agent Orange – SPIEGEL ONLINE
influenza has caused up to 57,300 deaths and sickened up to 41.3 million people, according to new estimates. And the CDC reported five new flu-related deaths in children, raising the total confirmed this season to 91.
Source: US flu still elevated but dropping; deaths as high as 57,000 | CIDRAP
On Tuesday, the Senate voted down the Green New Deal, with Republicans offering more auspicious climate change-combating proposals like “get married and have some kids” and embrace death.
Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back on ‘Elitist’ Green New Deal