An unprecedented year in climate change

• The world saw the devastating effects of the climate crisis in 2021. • Weather-related disasters and extreme temperatures affected communities in every part of the globe. • Unprecedented events are occurring with greater frequency, a "code red for humanity." It was a year of unprecedented climate events, from record-breaking extreme temperatures to hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes. Here's a look back at some of the climate news of 2021.

10 questions about the Omicron variant — including its symptoms and spread — answered by an expert

• Dr. Leana Wen said the Omicron variant seems to be more contagious than Delta in South Africa. • It has at least 50 mutations, which could make existing vaccines and therapies less effective. • She urged people to get their booster shots and "stay flexible" about any holiday travel plans. Dr. Leana Wen from George Washington University said the Omicron variant seems to be more contagious than the Delta variant in South Africa. It has at least 50 mutations, which could make existing vaccines

VIDEO: NASA launched its first-ever test mission to defend Earth from asteroids

• On November 23, NASA launched a mission to test deflecting an asteroid from colliding with Earth. • The probe, known as DART, is expected to intercept an asteroid 6.8 million miles away in late 2022. • If the mission succeeds, NASA could incorporate DART into its larger planetary-defense strategy. On November 23, NASA launched a mission to test deflecting an asteroid from colliding with Earth. The probe, known as DART, is expected to intercept an asteroid 6.8 million miles away in late 2022.

The daughter of the Russian journalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize told us why the big win is really an honor for their dad's 'dead colleagues'

• The daughter of Dmitry Muratov, one of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, is studying to be a journalist at New York University. • Finley Muratova, 21, sees the honor as a win for the Russian newspaper their father leads, as well as for the journalists killed protecting the freedom of the press. • Among those was investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in 2006. Muratova knew her as a child, and they said she's inspired their career. Russian journalist Dmitry Mu

Facebook Whistleblower Said Company Should Declare ‘Moral Bankruptcy’

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, testified at a Senate hearing on October 5. She said the company has repeatedly and knowingly prioritized its own profits over public safety. Haugen stated Facebook should declare "moral bankruptcy" and work with Congress to find solutions. Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen testified at a Senate hearing on October 5 about how the company knew the damage it was causing to young people but chose not to act on it.

Lava From La Palma’s Volcano Has Reached The Atlantic Ocean

Red-hot lava is pouring into the Atlantic Ocean from Spain's Cumbre Vieja volcano. The lava is expanding the coastline of La Palma island as it cools down. Nearly 1,000 buildings have been destroyed, and 6,000 people have evacuated. A river of lava is flowing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island after the north side of the crater collapsed. It's pouring into the ocean and expanding the coastline as it cools.

Why Florida teachers are so woefully underpaid

When Jared Smith moved from Orlando to Tampa five years ago, he found a one-bedroom apartment he couldn’t afford on his salary within a mile of his job, so he sold his pick-up truck to make first and last month’s rent and started walking to work. When his colleague MaryAnn Robertson started working in Vermont in 1974, her salary was $6,800. Along with her husband’s bartending income of $12,000, they were able to purchase a three-bedroom home that included a duck pond in the back. The bank even e

Tenacity in Tinseltown: Assistant Director is a source of constancy in an industry that's become even more unpredictable

(LOS ANGELES)—Settling in a plastic folded chair, Sean Mulcahy looks around “New York Street.” It’s a common trope—a facade available on several television lots around Los Angeles—and almost feels like the real thing. But it’s show business—a facade of a city miles away, built on the CBS Studio Center Radford lot. Though the buildings aren’t real, the livelihoods tied to the lot are. It’s Mulcahy’s job as 1st A.D. on Disney Channels’ Bunk’d to make sure the show can continue to exist safely, eve

Activist Sues LA County for Excessive Police Force

(LOS ANGELES) — When activist and veteran Christina Astorga attended the Sept. 8 “Justice for Dijon Kizzee” protest, she did not anticipate getting shot at with rubber bullets and being handcuffed and arrested — or having her phone taken from her. On Oct. 26 Astorga sued Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), and Sheriff Alex Villanueva for injunctive relief, deprivation of property, and unreasonable seizures under the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

Choosing Process over Policy: The Unavoidability of Horserace Journalism

Photo edited by Lilian Manansala. Race track photo by Suwatwongkham [iStock Getty Images] and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during 2020 general elections [Lilian Manansala] During the 2016 presidential campaigns, the news stations of television’s biggest networks — ABC, NBC, and CBS — spent a total of 32 minutes on policy issues. The rest of the coverage? Devoted to horserace journalism, a type of reporting that focuses on the game strategy of campaigns and elections. Some scholars, citizens, and

A Sea That Never Was and the Community That's Paying for It

(SALTON SEA, Calif.)—Once a popular tourist attraction and vacation destination for Hollywood elites like Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and Bing Crosby, the Salton Sea is now known for the stench of dead fish on its shores, eerie stretches of abandoned buildings and desolate beaches, and a photographer’s paradise at funky arts enclaves like East Jesus and Salvation Mountain. During its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the “Miracle in the Desert” at times drew more visitors to its resorts and recrea
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