The Certainty of a Warming Planet
March 2015 was the first time that scientists saw atmospheric carbon dioxide levels remain at over 400 ppm for more than a month. Then in September the levels stayed above that point, usually the time when CO2 is at its lowest. If this trend continues we are unlikely to ever see levels below 350 ppm again in our lifetimes. But what does this concentration really mean? ATTN: spoke to experts in the field of climate change to find out.
Why Can't America Take as Many Refugees as Sweden?
In 2015, Sweden granted asylum to at least 32,000 refugees, most of them Syrian. This amounts to just over 0.3% of the country’s population, which is a huge increase for just one year. If the U.S. were to accept the equivalent of a 0.3% population increase? That would mean over 950,000 million refugees — about the population of San Jose, California.
New Bill Aims to Protect Immigrants
If nothing else, the past couple of weeks have shown just how powerful and swift executive orders can be. Now, though, states unhappy with President Donald Trump's unilateral agenda are taking steps to limit collaboration with the federal government. The latest example: state Senator Jamie Eldridge (D) introducing a bill, the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, that aims to protect immigrants, undocumented or not, from deportation.