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At the end of last year, POLITICO Magazine asked historians if 2017 had been the craziest year in American politics. That was before 2018, when several of President Donald Trump’s onetime cronies were indicted for financial crimes, when rapper Kanye West delivered a soliloquy in the Oval Office and when an accidental alert had Hawaii residents convinced nuclear missiles were inbound for a full 38 minutes. That was before one midterm election and three government shutdowns, before the Trump administration ordered migrant children be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and before the president’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and before 13 federal agencies issued a dire report on climate change that the White House attempted to bury. How will history remember this wild year? Which events were significant and which were distractions? POLITICO Magazine asked the smartest historians we know … [Read more...] about What Will History Books Say About 2018?
This may be the year Americans in large numbers come to see — most literally — that containing modern wildfire has become something very like a war, not just in metaphor but in fact. We’ve become accustomed, even inured, to aerial footage of a woodsy subdivision wrecked by fire. Not so much the charred cars along a roadside outside Paradise, California, overrun by flame as fleeing residents jammed the route to safety. That’s an image we associate with military action in Syria, say, or Yemen, and to the fate of refugees very different from ourselves. There is cliché, almost, in those familiar TV dispatches from some town teetering before an advancing wall of fire, ultimately surviving with losses limited to a few blocks here and there. It’s entirely different when a city of 26,000 is torched off the map in a matter of hours. Not so long ago it was stirring to watch firefighters take to the air with loads of water and foam to hold the line against a … [Read more...] about Scenes from a battleground: California struggles in the new era of megafire
For nearly 200 years, scientists have been exploring Antarctica, on the hunt for new organisms, data that could reveal Earth’s climate history, and signs of a changing environment. Since Antarctica is the only continent with no native human population, the United States and 11 other countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959 to ban military activity and promote scientific investigations. More than 40 other countries have joined the agreement since then, and the number of research stations on the continent has continued to grow. Thousands of biologists, ecologists, and geologists conduct research in Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and most remote continent on Earth. The area’s largest base, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, belongs to the US, which also runs two other year-round outposts. Take a look at some of the recent Antarctic research projects and the challenges these scientists face. Environmental changes in Antarctica have global repercussions. If all the ice … [Read more...] about Stunning photos show what daily life in Antarctic research stations is really like
A year ago, Royal Dutch Shell, now the largest oil company in the world, acquired NewMotion, a company with thousands of electric car charging points throughout Europe. A month later, Shell started installing fast chargers at some of its largest gas stations. In late October, the company started installing ultrafast chargers that can fully charge the newest electric cars in 10 minutes. It’s one small piece of a company in transition as it grapples with how to address climate change. “If you want to be a long-term relevant company that is on the right side of history, you have to be involved in this discussion, because it’s the most important discussion of our time,” CEO Ben van Beurden tells Fast Company. By 2035, Shell plans to cut its carbon footprint 25%, and 50% by 2050–including the emissions not only from its own operations but from customers using its products. The cuts are in line with the company’s “Sky scenario,” a vision … [Read more...] about Is it possible for an oil company to help fight climate change?