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“My children have gone to bed hungry for the past three years. Our crops failed and the coffee farms have cut wages to $4 a day,” he says, playing nervously with the white maize kernels in a plastic trough strapped to his waist.“We hope the harvest will be good, but until then we have only one quintal [46kg] of maize left – which is barely enough for a month. I have to find a way to travel north, or else my children will suffer even more.”

Source: ‘People are dying’: how the climate crisis has sparked an exodus to the US | Global development | The Guardian

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Scary new life-threatening fungal infections could soon menace mankind, thanks to climate change, a new report argues.In general, humans are incredibly resistant to fungal infections because these organisms don’t thrive in warmth, said lead author Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.But climate change could be increasing the tolerance of fungi to warmer temperatures, making them more likely to infect humans, Casadevall and his colleagues claim.

Source: Could Climate Change Help Spread Dangerous Fungal Infection?

Winter Solstice

All is calm, all is bright….

Winter solstice 2018

After decades of growth, global CO2 emissions plateaued between 2014 and 2016, and there were hopes they had peaked. But fossil fuel emissions rose by 1.7% in 2017 and are set to rise 2.7% this year, to 37.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to figures published today.

Source: Global Carbon Budget 2018: Emissions to hit all-time high – CNN

Donald Trump Jr and Erik Prince, an adviser to the Trump campaign in 2016, made statements to Congress that have since been contradicted by public reports. Several more Trump allies testified to Congress on the Russia inquiry on a wide range of subjects. All deny wrongdoing.Adam Schiff, the House intelligence committee’s incoming Democratic chair, has said he will share transcripts from the panel’s Russia inquiry with Mueller for consideration of further criminal charges. Schiff said Republicans have so far declined to assist the special counsel.“We believe other witnesses were untruthful before our committee,” Schiff told reporters on Thursday, while urging its outgoing Republican leaders to accelerate the sharing of transcripts with Mueller for witnesses who appeared to have lied.

Source: Donald Trump Jr may face legal peril after Cohen admits lying to Congress | US news | The Guardian

A federal ethics agency is telling civil servants to avoid workplace talk about impeachment and #resistance for the next 705 days — until the day after Election Day 2020.The memo from the Office of Special Counsel also warns federal employees not to engage in “strong criticism or praise of a presidential administration’s policies and actions.” The only presidential administration right now is President Trump’s. The document was circulated to ethics officials across the government this week.

Source: Ethics Agency Warns Federal Workers Not To Discuss Impeachment Or ‘Resistance’ : NPR

“The nation is going backwards on insuring kids and it is likely to get worse,” says Joan Alker, co-author of the study and executive director of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families. Alker and other advocates for children’s health place the blame for this change on the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, saying the Republican policies and actions have cast a pall on enrollment in health plans.The number of children in the United States without coverage rose to 3.9 million in 2017 from about 3.6 million a year earlier, according to census data analyzed by Alker’s Georgetown team.

Source: Under Trump, Number Of Uninsured Kids Rose For First Time This Decade : Shots – Health News : NPR