Members of Congress Own up to $93M in Fossil Fuel Stocks ; 'Ghost' DNA Complicates Story of Human Origins ; and More Picks 2/21

Deforested Parts of Amazon ‘Emitting More CO2 Than They Absorb’ (Mili)

The author writes, “Up to one fifth of the Amazon rainforest is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, new research suggests. Results from a decade-long study of greenhouse gases over the Amazon basin appear to show around 20% of the total area has become a net source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One of the main causes is deforestation.”

Members of Congress Own Up to $93 Million in Fossil Fuel Stocks (Chris)

From Sludge: “As of Dec. 13, 2019, 134 members of Congress and their spouses own as much as $92.7 million worth of stock in fossil fuel companies and mutual funds … House members own between roughly $29.5 million and $78.2 million in fossil fuel stocks, while senators have between $3.8 million and $14.5 million invested in oil, gas, and coal interests.”

Donald Trump Is the Ugly Face of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics (Chris)

The authors write, “Jobs are not guaranteed by the Olympics. Economic growth is not guaranteed by the Olympics. All we know is that Los Angeles is getting debt, displacement, and autocratic militarization. In other words, this is the perfect symbol for the era of Trump.”

Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists? (Gerry) 

The author writes, “The New York Police Department can generally rely on corporate media as allies on controversial police issues. … This love of police is not extended to Hong Kong officers, however.”

‘Ghost’ DNA in West Africans Complicates Story of Human Origins (Mili)

From NPR: “About 50,000 years ago, ancient humans in what is now West Africa apparently procreated with another group of ancient humans that scientists didn’t know existed. There aren’t any bones or ancient DNA to prove it, but researchers say the evidence is in the genes of modern West Africans.”

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