The Daily Populous

Sunday October 7th, 2018 morning edition

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The idea of letting warming approach 2 degrees increasingly seems disastrous in this context.

Parts of the planet, like the Arctic, have already warmed beyond 1.5 degrees and are seeing alarming changes.

Major die-offs have hit coral reefs around the globe, suggesting an irreplaceable planetary feature could soon be lost.

And that was before the United States, the world's second-largest emitter, decided to try to back out.

This is why scenarios for holding warming to 1.5 degrees require rapid and deep changes to how we get energy.

And that's just the point - 1.5 degrees is still possible, but only if the world goes through a staggering transformation.

Such technologies do not exist at anything close to the scale that would be required. »

Billionaire CEO makes $480,000 donation to Flint Community Schools for new water filtration systems

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Flint Community Schools announced Friday they will be installing new ultraviolet water filtration systems for water fountains at all school buildings.

The UV water purification method within the water filtration systems will disinfect all lead and bacteria coming from the water pipes to allow students to drink from and fill up water bottles from school water fountains.

“We are deeply grateful for the generosity and the budding partnership between Flint Community Schools, the Musk Foundation and Elon Musk,” said Derrick Lopez, Flint Community Schools Superintendent. »

White feather or bowler hat? Charlie Chaplin and the first world war

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Commemorations are well under way to mark the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the first world war.

By the time Chaplin was 25, he was the best-known and most universally loved figure of all time.

Praised as a miracle cure in the first world war, Chaplin’s films were even shown to injured soldiers. »

U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables Show

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“Johnson certainly made serious mistakes in waging the Vietnam War,” said Mr. Beschloss, who found the documents during his research for the book.

“But we have to thank him for making sure that there was no chance in early 1968 of that tragic conflict going nuclear.”.

The new documents — some of which were quietly declassified two years ago — suggest it was moving in that direction. »