2021-01-06: News Headlines

Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad (2021-01-06). Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021. counterpunch.org A scientific paper published in 2018 came with a startling headline: "Most atolls will be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century because of sea-level rise exacerbating wave-driven flooding." The authors found that atolls from the Seychelles to the Marshall Islands are liable to vanish. A 2019 United Nations (UN) report estimated that 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Add to this the catastrophic wildfires and the severe bleaching of the coral reefs and it is clear that we no longer need to linger over clichés about one thing or another being a canary in the coal mine of climate cat…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-06). Environmental Capitalism and Climate Change Wars: Australia in 2000. counterpunch.org The Australian was convinced. "Australia could have avoided two decades of climate change wars had the Howard government pushed ahead with its majority view of an emissions trading scheme (ETS), newly released documents reveal." Historian Chris Wallace is not as unequivocal in this assertion, but nonetheless observes in The Conversation that "a working consensus among

Montgomery Rice V. (2021-01-05). Diversity in Medical Schools—A Much-Needed New Beginning. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint reviews the many factors contributing to underrepresentation of Black physicians in US medical training pipelines and the health care workforce, and urges actions to dismantle structural barriers to Black medical school enrollment and achieve racial parity in the profession.

Nicholas Stender (2021-01-05). Chicago mayor orders teachers back to schools under threat of termination. liberationnews.org In this climate of intimidation, political winds might be shifting.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-05). Climate Campaigners to Biden: Your Solicitor General 'Should Not Be a Lawyer Who Fought for Big Oil'. commondreams.org "There's no lack for public interest and public service-experienced litigators. We don't need to rotate between Republican Big Law and Democratic Big Law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/shell-must-fall_0.jpg

Tara Lohan (2021-01-04). Midnight rush: 6 ways Trump trashed the environment during the holidays. nationofchange.org Trump's team continued its unprecedented onslaught on environmental regulations, with nearly a dozen new rollbacks or threats to public health, wildlife, clean air, public lands and the climate.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-04). Imperial academic delivers Royal Institution Christmas Lecture. imperial.ac.uk Professor Chris Jackson's lecture took audiences back into deep geological time, charting how carbon dioxide controls the Earth's climate.

Jacques Leslie (2021-01-04). Treat Fossil Fuels Like Nukes. Endorse a New Nonproliferation Treaty. commondreams.org The treaty addresses a nearly universal failing of climate change regulations, which usually attempt to curb energy demand instead of attacking the oil industry directly by limiting fossil fuel supply. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/oilpumps_0_0_0.jpg