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Top News: nuclear waste relocation is not the answer; climate fund “sinks” in Washington; Safari lovers beware


#Nuclear Waste: Caribbean condemns nuclear waste relocation. In Kingston, Jamaica, the Authorities of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), has requested that a European ship carrying nuclear waste to Japan be stopped before it passes through the Caribbean Sea. For years, waste from nuclear reactors in Japan has been sent to the UK and France for treatment, before being sent back to Japan, via Panama and the Caribbean. The possibility of an accident or terrorist attack endangers “the very existence of the inhabitants" said Denzil Douglas, Caricom Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. Ultimately, as Greenpeace campaign manager Lauri Myllyvirta argues, "there is no lasting solution for highly radioactive waste on either side of the ocean.”

#Climate: Republican majority blocks US climate funding. US President Obama had requested some $1.3 billion for his Global Climate Change Initiative to support poor nations in adapting to climate change or pursuing clean energy. However, his request was shot down. Representative Connie Mack, a Republican from Florida, stated "we have to prioritize US tax dollars," while Jean Schmidt, a Republican from Ohio, questioned if human activity was causing climate change. Cleary Republicans are still using climate change skepticism as an excuse for inaction.

#BBC An honest and self-reflective report by the BBC Trust has confirmed what we’ve thought for a long time: Climate skeptics are disproportionately represented in the media. While the BBC’s report can only speak for itself, it raises serious questions about the quest for impartiality actually resulting in high coverage and soft questioning of fringe points of view. The report has, unsurprisingly, divided opinion; with actual scientists agreeing with the criticisms and proponents of fringe viewpoints accusing the BBC’s left-wing propaganda machine of conspiring to silence them, stealing their thoughts and covering up the fact that climate change is actually being caused by a race of giant Communist-feminists from outer-space. 

#Safari lovers beware! Maneaters are most likely to eat you after a full moon. Top carnivores such as lions are especially dangerous as the moon starts to wane. Scientists studied records of nearly 500 lion attacks on Tanzanian villagers between 1988 and 2009. Most attacks occurred between dusk and 10pm on nights when the moon was waning and providing relatively little light. Werewolves aside, full moon nights are probably the safest.