The U.S. presidential election pits a politician who plans to tie the country's economic recovery to tackling climate change against another determined to remove as many regulatory hurdles to oil, gas and coal production as possible.
Democratic White House hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders believe climate change is an existential threat, that the United States should immediately rejoin global climate talks, and that fossil fuel workers need help adjusting to a cleaner energy economy.
U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the climate change proposals of his Democratic challengers for the White House on Wednesday as they began showcasing their plans in a marathon round of televised town halls.
While at first glance this story would appear unrelated to environmental health, it actually covers a story of vital importance to the environment, health, and environmental health.
<p>Cybersecurity attacks could take down parts or all of the utility grid, or other important components of a country's infrastructure, including in the United States. A few days without grid would be tolerable, but some plausible scenarios involve weeks or months—or longer—down times. Check out Ted Koppel's book "<em><a href="http://tedkoppellightsout.com/" target="_blank">Lights Out</a></em>." </p><p> For an additional perspective, read Nick Kristof's New York Times essay on 4 July: "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/04/opinion/cyber-war-russia-china.html" target="_blank">To hackers, we're Bambi in the woods.</a>" Or dig into David Sanger's new, superb book, "<em><a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/547683/the-perfect-weapon-by-david-e-sanger/9780451497895/" target="_blank">The Perfect Weapon.</a></em>"</p><p>A few weeks without a functioning grid would be devastating. Consider what the Hurricane Maria did to health, water supply, food security and more on Puerto Rico.</p><p>From the Reuters story:</p><blockquote><em>Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are launching daily cyber strikes on the computer networks of federal, state and local government agencies, U.S. corporations, and academic institutions, said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.<br><br>Of the four, "Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor, no question," he said.<br></em></blockquote><p>Read the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-cyber-coats/u-s-intel-chief-warns-of-cyber-threats-to-u-s-infrastructure-idUSKBN1K32M9" target="_blank">full Reuters story here</a>.</p>
The U.S. intelligence chief warned on Friday that the threat was growing for a devastating cyber assault on critical U.S. infrastructure, saying the "warning lights are blinking red again" nearly two decades after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.