11-4: Five quick things for your Saturday
Winter's coming. We all have chores to do. Let's make this simple: Five quick hits to keep you up to date on our environment and health.
Gov't climate report at odds with Trump and his team
Coverage of the federal climate assessment takes Trump to task:
- NPR: Massive government report says climate is warming and humans are the cause
- NYT: U.S. report says humans cause climate change, contradicting top Trump officials
- AP: US scientists contradict Trump's climate claims
- The Guardian: US report finds climate change 90% manmade, contradicting Trump officials
As President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation's struggling coal mines, federal scientists are warning that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods.
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Three top stories for Saturday
- New Jersey sets new PFOA level below Vermont standard. New Jersey last week set its safe drinking water standard for the chemical PFOA at 14 parts per trillion, 30 percent lower than Vermont's standard. (Vermont Public Radio)
- Louisville neighborhoods use trees to fend off heart disease. The poets were right all along: Trees are a drug, in ways marvelous and often misunderstood. We underestimate at our peril the powers of a walk in the woods. (USA Today) (thanks to Univ. of Louisville's Alex Carll for pointing us to that story)
- Will the bird that dodged a bullet pay the price of peace? "Armed conflict is good for preventing deforestation." (Mike Shanahan, Under the Banyan)
One must-read opinion
As ice shelves crumble and the Twitter president threatens to pull out of the Paris accord, author Jonathan Franzen reflects on the role of the writer in time of crisis (The Guardian)
One beautiful thing
Those are my kids (and dog), at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Eleven inches of snow fell overnight in Bozeman, Montana.
It's ski swap weekend here, and people are lining up to nab sweet deals on winter gear.
I said we weren't moving the car until the driveway was clear.
Amazing how much energy a motivated kid has.
Today's gift in Bozeman is reminder for us all: Get outside and enjoy the weather. It's beautiful out there.