One week after the March for Science, an even bigger crowd took their anger over this administration's hostility towards climate science and denial of anthropogenic climate change to Pennsylvania Avenue. In the face of mountains of scientific evidence, the US inaction on this issue may not only cost its own opportunity to become the international leader to address this arguably biggest threat to the entire humanity, but also lead to more frequent disastrous extreme weather and climate events across the world.
North Korea remains to be a mystery in such as a globalized world. Many can's help but wonder how everyday life looks like in that isolated land. A Finnish journalist Mika Mäkeläinen recently filmed a short video of the streets of the capital of North Korea. A Vox article contains that video. I've found it fascinating to watch.
The vacancy of global leadership to address climate change opens up an opportunity for China to grasp to grow its "soft power" internationally. Domestically, the massive air pollution with smog haunting hundreds of millions of Chinese in cities has raised the public concern for the environment. Facing both an opportunity and a crisis, China is pushing harder than anyone else on renewable energies. On Point conducts a panel discussion on how China is out to own the sun.
For anyone to look at the map of Asia, it is easy to come to the realization that it seems like a complicated geopolitical chessboard and it takes a few masters to play it well to avoid major conflicts or wars. With China's meteoric rise on world stage in modern times, America needs to rethink about its strategic relationship with the middle kingdom. The Economist puts out a special report on geopolitics in East Asia.
Robert Caro has spent the past four decades writing about the life of one person: Lyndon B. Johnson. His meticulousness and eloquence have turned this epic biography into a masterpiece about an important episode during 20th century American political history. The Paris Review recently conducted an interview with Caro on the art of biography.
Anti-globalization sentiment swept the UK and US in 2006. With France's presidential election unfolding, all eyes are on the young front-runner Emmanuel Macron. Here is a piece on his remarkable rise to the political scene.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people took their frustration with the current administration's anti-science attitudes to the streets. Given America's founding fathers' enthusiasm for science, it is safe to speculate that they would have joined and enjoyed the March yesterday.
The University of Texas Austin's Energy Institute has created a very cool interactive map to show which types of power plants tend to be the least expensive to build in each county across the contiguous U.S. For how to play with this interactive tool to extract useful information, you can check out this Vox article. The bottom line is: the market is behind renewable energies and natural gas despite the direction of the political effort.
Despite the intention to bring back coal jobs, the market is showing strong for renewable energy such as solar power. From Minnesota to Alabama to Maine, large-scale solar power is quietly sweeping the U.S.
This Saturday, on Earth Day, April 22 2017, tens of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall, and in dozens of satellite marches across the United States. During such a challenging time, evidence-based scientific approach cannot be more crucial to our sustainable existence. Please join thousands of nerds and science-friendly folks in the March for science. If you live in Montgomery, Alabama, the march will be in Oak Park - 1010 Forest Avenue from 10 am - 2 pm.