Many of us may be surprised to learn that climate change can have profound effects on our mental health. In March, the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica released a report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance, which details the impacts of climate change on mental health.
The report’s findings are concerning. First of all, the research found that populations already vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which disproportionately include low-income communities and communities of color, have an increased risk of experiencing...Read More
After the 2016 election, our country witnessed a terrifying and concerning uptick in hate crimes and hate incidents. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported over 1,500 hate incidents in the month directly following the election. In a new project, Slate is also compiling and documenting individual incidents of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant sentiment as they are reported. Hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents have long been present in American society, but the correlation between a campaign (and subsequent administration) that...Read More
Amidst the scramble to pass a budget and settle the debate over health care, another budget bill is winding its way through congress. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill which sets the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense and also includes other provisions on issues like the prison at Guantanamo Bay, torture and interrogation techniques, cyber security, and congressional authorization for use of military force.
The NDAA passed through the House on July 14, supporting a $696 billion defense budget, which far exceeds the President’s $603...Read More
Continuing with the trend of rolling back environmental protections and regulations, President Trump signed a controversial executive order that threatens public lands designations, conservation efforts and insults the cultural and historical diversity of the United States. The order also undermines the Antiquities Act, a law passed in 1906 that gives presidents the power to designate public lands. Signed on April 26, 2017, this executive order will review any monument designated between September 1996 and 2016. This puts thousands of miles of land and water under review, as well as...Read More
May 27 marked the conclusion of the 43rd Group of 7 (G7) Summit. The Summit, hosted in Sicily, Italy, was a gathering of leaders from seven nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – plus the European Union. At its core, the G7 is a space for the leaders of the world’s most powerful and developed nations to dialogue informally about the world’s most pressing issues and to devise strategies to address them.
Among other topics, the representatives discussed trade, security and migration. A major theme of the summit was climate change...Read More
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