10 in 2 - Week of February 5th - we know that humans have most flourished during times of what?

This is your 10 in 2 for the week of February 5th


...so here we go:


  1. Everyone one was fawning over the Falcon Heavy Space X launch this week, but a certain subset of the internet wasn't having it.  Elon Musk has caught a lot of flak from the left for union busting at Tesla, for one, and using his billions for private space missions when we face so many environmental and social challenges here on earth, for another. There were a lot of good takes to choose from, but I think Naomi Klein had the clearest opinion with this tweet: 


  1. Edinburgh University, which, ironically, is where Joseph Black discovered carbon dioxide--divested from all fossil fuels this week. The move makes it the largest university fund in the UK to ditch all coal, oil and gas holdings. (The Guardian)

  2. The number of new enforcement actions by the Environmental Protection Agency has fallen significantly over the past year, according to data released Thursday by the Trump administration. The EPA initiated 20 percent fewer civil cases against polluters for violating environmental laws from the beginning of September 2016 to end of September 2017, as compared to the previous fiscal year. The EPA also opened 30 percent fewer criminal enforcement cases during the same time period. (NBC News)

  3. More scientists than ever before are preparing to run for political office. Of the historic 455 Democratic challengers already filed to run for Congress in 2018, nearly 60 of them have STEM backgrounds. (scienceaf.com)

  4. The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

  5. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is again understating the threat posed by climate change, this time by suggesting that global warming may be a good thing for humanity. “We know that humans have most flourished during times of what? Warming trends. So I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.” (AP)

  6. Dunkin’ Donuts announced plans to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, they will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. (Dunkindonuts.com)

  7. After Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, hungry people needed food. FEMA tapped Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur with no experience in large-scale disaster relief and at least five canceled government contracts in her past. FEMA awarded her $156 million for the job, and Ms. Brown, who is the sole owner and employee of her company failed to deliver. Needless to say, this did not end well for her or for those who needed those millions of meals. (NYT)

  8. Scientists have confirmed a form of water that is simultaneously solid and liquid. It is the latest advance in the study of water, a seemingly simple substance that can shift between many different configurations. This new form, called superionic water, consists of a rigid lattice of oxygen atoms through which positively charged hydrogen nuclei move. It is not known to exist naturally anywhere on Earth, but it may be bountiful farther out in the solar system. (NYT)

  9. All-female mutant crayfish that clone themselves are taking over rivers and lakes around the world. The entire global population of marbled crayfish has been traced to a single female held in a German aquarium, which was born with the ability to reproduce without having its eggs fertilised by males. It may not be necessary to say, but this could be devastating to local wildlife and ecosystems as it spreads. (independent.co.uk)


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