Yes, there was global warming in prehistoric times. But nothing in millions of years compares with what we see today

Michael E. Mann writes: “The climate is always changing!” So goes a popular refrain from climate deniers who continue to claim that there’s nothing special about this particular moment. There is no climate crisis, they say, because the Earth has survived dramatic warming before. Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy recently exemplified misconceptions about our planet’s… Read More »

As Trump prosecutions move forward, threats and concerns increase

The New York Times reports: At the federal courthouse in Washington, a woman called the chambers of the judge assigned to the election interference case against former President Donald J. Trump and said that if Mr. Trump were not re-elected next year, “we are coming to kill you.” At the Federal Bureau of Investigation, agents… Read More »

Derna’s man-made disaster and the tragedy of Libya’s fate

Emadeddin Badi writes: Where the echoes of helpless cries linger amid the ruins of Derna in eastern Libya, its citizens are living a nightmare brought about by the callousness of successive rulers and the unbridled cruelty of military elites. Two dams, remnants of a bygone era under Moammar Gadhafi’s rule, had stood for decades as… Read More »

A new human species? Mystery surrounds 300,000-year-old fossil

Nature reports: A fossilized jawbone discovered in a cave in eastern China bears a curious mix of ancient and modern features, according to a detailed analysis that compares it with dozens of other human specimens. The finding, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, indicates that the 300,000-year-old bone could have belonged to an as-yet… Read More »

Clarence Thomas’ latest pay-to-play scandal finally connects all the dots

Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern write: ProPublica released a new report on Friday detailing Justice Clarence Thomas’ close relationship with the Koch brothers with previously undisclosed and extraordinarily damning new details. According to ProPublica, the justice developed a friendship with the Kochs as they were funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into right-wing causes,… Read More »

Misinformation research is buckling under GOP legal attacks

The Washington Post reports: Academics, universities and government agencies are overhauling or ending research programs designed to counter the spread of online misinformation amid a legal campaign from conservative politicians and activists who accuse them of colluding with tech companies to censor right-wing views. The escalating campaign — led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and… Read More »

Lawrence Wright on why domestic terrorism is America’s ‘present enemy’

Democracy in Exile reports: Twenty-two years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the biggest threat to the United States is not al-Qaeda or another foreign terrorist group, but domestic terrorism, says writer and journalist Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. “The present enemy, as far as… Read More »

Russian TV teases launch of Tucker Carlson show

BBC News reports: Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 has aired a trailer for a weekend show featuring former Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson. The state-run broadcaster did not make clear whether it will feature original content or be a translation of his regular English-language videos on X. Carlson abruptly left Fox News in April… Read More »

Two hooded gunmen, a silver getaway car and a slain Sikh leader

The New York Times reports: Interviews with three witnesses to the killing and descriptions of the security footage showing the moments leading up to the shooting provide details about the gunmen whom Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has branded as “agents” of the Indian government. The gunmen were dressed in black, with hoods over… Read More »

Why sewage may hold the key to tracking diseases far beyond COVID-19

Betsy Ladyzhets writes: The future of disease tracking is going down the drain — literally. Flushed with success over detecting coronavirus in wastewater, and even specific variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, researchers are now eyeing our collective poop to monitor a wide variety of health threats. Before the pandemic, wastewater surveillance was… Read More »