Wednesday, May 30, 2018

All climate politics are local


Editor's note

Since President Trump took the United States out of the Paris climate agreement a year ago, initiative to curb climate change has shifted to U.S. cities. Most mayors who are outspoken on the issue are Democrats, but Nicolas Gunkel, a research fellow with Boston University’s Initiative on Cities, took a look beyond the photo ops. He found that many Republican mayors support policies that help cut carbon emissions – but they have their own ways of framing the problem.

What’s an organ-on-a-chip? Labs around the country have developed these devices to better mimic how our cells live and respond in systems inside our bodies. Researchers from the University of Washington explain how their own kidney-on-a-chip improves on older methods for testing the effects of potential new drugs.

Trump’s decision to abandon Paris also irked a lot of corporate chiefs, such as Apple’s Tim Cook. In fact, many of the president’s policies have been at odds with the public positions of America’s business leaders. Does that suggest corporate America is ready to abandon Trump? To test the waters, American University’s Erran Carmel and Chris Edelson analyzed news stories, tweets and quotes of about 200 of the most powerful CEOs in the country.

Jennifer Weeks

Environment + Energy Editor

Top stories

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, right, and California Governor Jerry Brown, left, discuss drought and water restrictions on August 11, 2015. Faulconer has championed renewable energy, water recycling and other climate-friendly policies. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so

Nicolas Gunkel, Boston University

They may not say 'climate change,' but many Republican US mayors support clean energy, jobs in renewable industries, and other climate-friendly policies. And so do majorities of their constituents.

It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing. Alex Levine

Organs-on-chips: Tiny technology helping bring safe new drugs to patients faster

Catherine Yeung, University of Washington; Edward Kelly, University of Washington; Jonathan Himmelfarb, University of Washington

Researchers who've created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.

While some CEOs have been critical of Trump and his policies, most have tried to stay neutral. Reuters/Carlos Barria.

Most CEOs aren't abandoning neutrality on Trump – yet

Erran Carmel, American University Kogod School of Business; Chris Edelson, American University School of Public Affairs

Despite a growing list of reasons why business leaders might oppose the president or his policies, more than two-thirds have remained steadfastly neutral.

Health + Medicine

Politics + Society

  • Colombia's presidential runoff will be a yet another referendum on peace

    Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies; Magda Jiménez, Universidad Externado de Colombia

    Two candidates from Colombia's May 20 presidential vote will face off on June 17. One is a former guerrilla. The other is a hard-liner. Their views for the nation's future couldn't be more different.

  • Scott Pruitt's desk is more impressive than yours

    Charn McAllister, Northeastern University

    A desk is a place to work. But it can also be a symbol of prestige and power, as EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has demonstrated in his choice of expensive and ostentatious desks for his office.

Arts + Culture

  • 5 Latino authors you should be reading now

    Laura Lomas, Rutgers University Newark

    Spanish-speaking writers have made exceptional contributions to American literature. Here are the best Latin American and Latino authors you probably haven't heard of.

Science + Technology

  • Yes, giant predatory worms really are invading France

    Jean-Lou Justine, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) – Sorbonne Universités

    Several giant terrestrial Plathelminth species have invaded France and its overseas territories, threatening biodiversity. Thanks to participatory science, the invasion is finally recognized.

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Today’s quote

“The same gene in yellow warblers from the driest places in the country had a slightly different DNA sequence than in birds from very wet places.”


Can this bird adapt to a warmer climate? Read the genes to find out


Rachael Bay

University of California, Los Angeles

Rachael Bay

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