The US Power Grid Needs Upgrades to Handle Climate Change: Report

UN Lists 112 Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements ; Democrats' Plastic Waste Bill Would Upend Industry ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “More than half of major US power outages from 2000 to 2016 were caused by natural hazards like hurricanes, heat waves and wildfires, according to research reported July 2018 in Reliability Engineering & System Safety. Climate change is making such extreme weather more likely and more intense, [Science News Online reports]. The aging US power grid is not expected to hold up well to the coming climate stresses. 'Americans will likely experience longer and more frequent power interruptions,' the American Society of Civil Engineers predicted in a 2017 report.” Photo credit: Pxhere
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UN Lists 112 Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements (Chris)

From the BBC: “The UN human rights office has issued a long-awaited report on companies linked to Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The report names 112 business entities the office says it has reasonable grounds to conclude have been involved in activities related to settlements. They include Airbnb,, Expedia Group and Motorola Solutions. The Palestinians said the report was a ‘victory for international law,’ but Israel called it ‘shameful.’”

What Will These Mass Graves Reveal of One of America’s Ugliest Moments (Mili)

The author writes, “In an extraordinary act to unearth the past, city officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have ordered a search for mass graves. The excavation will come nearly 99 years after a 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre left more than 300 black people dead in an area known as Black Wall Street.”

Democrats’ Plastic Waste Bill Would Upend Industry (Reader Steve)

From the Houston Chronicle:A group of Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would … [put] a hold on the construction of new plastic manufacturing plants so federal environmental agencies can study the extent of the plastic waste crisis despoiling land and choking the world’s oceans. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep Alan Lowenthal, D-N.Y, would also ban many single-use plastic products, require manufacturers to pay for recycling their products and create a nationwide deposit system for beverage containers.”

Trump’s Rhetoric Has Changed the Way Kids Are Bullied in Classrooms (Russ)

The author writes, “Two kindergartners in Utah told a Latino boy that President Trump would send him back to Mexico, and teenagers in Maine sneered ‘Ban Muslims’ at a classmate wearing a hijab. In Tennessee, a group of middle-schoolers linked arms, imitating the president’s proposed border wall as they refused to let nonwhite students pass. In Ohio, another group of middle-schoolers surrounded a mixed-race sixth-grader and, as she confided to her mother, told the girl: ‘This is Trump country.’”

‘From Mid-Range He Could Kill You’: Bernie Sanders’s Basketball Days (Chris)

The author writes, “Team-mates from 1970s Vermont remember the presidential hopeful as an on-court leader — with very sharp elbows”

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