After Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, the crucial global deal that aims to limit emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, he had to wait three years to formally get out. Biden plans to rejoin on his first day. After sending a letter to the UN, the U.S. can be back in the agreement in 30 days. Then the U.S. will need to set new goals for cutting emissions. “It needs to be updated for a new timeline and new climate needs and a new reality,” says Ted Lamm, a senior research fellow on climate at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. “So it’s a long-term process to develop the actual implementation of that, but they can rejoin on day one, and that’s, I think, pretty significant.” … [Read more...] about 7 climate actions that Biden could take on his first day
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The project opened his eyes. “We have definitely learned a lot in the past year about this process as this group has begun to get more mobilized and we intend to do more in the future,” says Miller. “There was a long period of time where people weren’t really thinking about this and that includes us. I think now we know so much more about it, it’s hard not to think about it or try to source things ethically now.” … [Read more...] about This Herman Miller face mask is designed to fight modern slavery
Why does the courtesy exist? Theoretically, it facilitates past presidents in their work of continuing to further America’s interests. For example, a former president traveling abroad would want to know if, say, their dinner host was covertly undermining the United States. He’d also want to know the status of current closed-door negotiations, to be able to support the policies of the current administration. Can’t do that without a briefing. … [Read more...] about Will Trump keep getting intelligence briefings? Who decides?
Today’s presidential inauguration marks the transition of power between two diametrically, couldn’t-be-more opposed political leaders. And according to reports, newly elected Joe Biden will arrive at the White House with a plan to unpack his predecessor Donald Trump’s legacy more swiftly and aggressively than we’ve seen in modern history. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden is the president. Here are some executive actions he is expected to take
The Hyperloop is, as everyone affiliated with the Hyperloop likes to mention, the first new mode of transportation in 100 years. Hoverboards notwithstanding, it’s true. Essentially, the Hyperloop is a drive-up bank canister blasted through a vacuum tunnel with no resistance at 288 miles per hour. That means trips are fast, but it’s a potentially claustrophobic experience, as there are no windows to take in the view. And stopping between stations that might be hundreds of miles apart isn’t really a possibility. Two people took the inaugural manned trip on a Hyperloop in late 2020; such a trip sounds incredible, and also a little scary. … [Read more...] about We still don’t know what the Hyperloop will feel like, but here’s how it will sound