The Great Barrier Reef is dying, both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice have reached record lows, and the Middle East and North Africa are at risk of becoming uninhabitable within decades with atmospheric CO2 rising at an unprecedented rate -- but this has not stopped Trump and his cabinet from pushing their self-serving climate-denying agenda.
The US is literally alone in the world in refusing to join in efforts to do something about saving the planet, says Noam Chomsky. Meanwhile on the domestic front -- under cover of the Trump/Spicer media extravaganzas -- the entire Republican Party under Ryan's leadership keeps chipping away at every government program that's of any use to anybody.
Winding its way through dense forest laced with hidden waterfalls, the Whanganui River is the largest navigable river in Aotearoa, the Māori word for New Zealand. With the passage of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill in March, the river became the first water system in the world to be recognized as a rights-bearing entity, holding legal "personhood" status -- meaning the river now owns itself.