Germany’s Merkel says U.S. no longer a reliable partner for Europe – World – CBC News

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally on Monday but said she was a “convinced trans-Atlanticist,” fine-tuning her message after surprising Washington with her frankness a day earlier.

Improving the ocean: Getting serious about overfishing | The Economist

www.economist.com/news/briefing/21722629-oceans-face-dire-threats-better-regulated-fisheries-would-help-getting-serious-about?fsrc=gnews
The world currently consumes more fish per person than ever before—about 20 kilos a year. But almost all the recent gains in production have been down to farmed fish.

Donald Trump will make ‘final decision’ on Paris climate deal next week | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/27/donald-trump-decision-paris-climate-deal?CMP=twt_gu
Donald Trump has resisted pressure from Europe, Canada and Japan to declare his support for the UN’s landmark climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, marking a defiant end to his first international trip as US president.
The deadlock at the end of the G7 summit in Italy left other world leaders frustrated. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussions “had been very difficult and not to say very unsatisfactory.”

G7 leaders blame US for failure to reach climate change agreement in unusually frank statement | The Independent

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-g7-summit-latest-climate-change-consensus-paris-agreement-angela-merkel-a7759231.html
In an unusual admission, Group of Seven (G7) leaders have said in their final communique from a summit in Italy that they had failed to bridge differences over climate change with US President Donald Trump – and America was unable to join other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement.

Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error [Updated]

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One of the ways Donald Trump’s budget claims to balance the budget over a decade, without cutting defense or retirement spending, is to assume a $2 trillion increase in revenue through economic growth. This is the magic of the still-to-be-designed Trump tax cuts. But wait — if you recall, the magic of the Trump tax cuts is also supposed to pay for the Trump tax cuts. So the $2 trillion is a double-counting error.

Swiss vote to ditch nuclear power for renewable energy | CTV News

www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/swiss-vote-to-ditch-nuclear-power-for-renewable-energy-1.3423220
Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favour of renewable energy.
A projection from Sunday’s referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland’s direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass.

Solar power: Cheap illumination’s benefits in remote areas may be limited | The Economist

www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21722156-does-light-equal-enlightenment-cheap-illuminations-benefits-remote-areas-may?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/solarpowercheapilluminationsbenefitsinremote…
FOR sunny places not connected to the electricity grid, the falling price of solar panels and LED lighting promises a bright future. No more smoky, lung-damaging kerosene lamps. Greater security and safety. More ways to connect with the world—even if that involves only something as simple as being able to charge a mobile phone. And, above all, the chance to work or study into the evening and thus improve both a family’s immediate economic circumstances and its children’s future prospects.

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts?CMP=twt_gu
It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

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