The Daily Populous

Saturday September 28th, 2019 evening edition

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Over the past year, Greta Thunberg has arguably done more to galvanise global action on climate than any other single individual.

And there is no question the unnerving power of her rhetoric comes in part from the fact that she is so young.

Or how about this: Thunberg is "the deeply disturbed messiah of the global warming movement", according to one Australian newspaper.

So, is Greta Thunberg the dour, vulnerable child with mental health issues that her critics present her as?.

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"It felt like I was the only one who cared about the climate and the ecological crisis," Thunberg told me.

So, climate action remains very much a work in progress for Thunberg, despite her critics. »

The Impeachment Probe Should Include All of Trump’s Crimes

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This is presumably because leadership sees impeachment as a net negative in swing districts, and would prefer to focus on “bread-and-butter” kitchen-table issues.

If House Democrats broaden the impeachment inquiry to include other issues, there may well be an educational effect that turns support for impeachment into a net positive, even in purple districts and swing states.

Republicans will accuse House Democrats in tough districts of stonewalling and doing nothing whether impeachment proceeds or not. »

Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment

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On Friday, Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren unveiled a proposal to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment with the aim of helping Congress independently make decisions about technologically complex matters.

When it was active from 1972 to 1995, the OTA provided lawmakers with a breakdown of scientific and technology issues in an effort to aid their decision making.

In the absence of the office, lawmakers have placed their trust in lobbyists who often tout their understanding of an issue as a reason they should be trusted. »

Predators could be the antidote to unhealthy herds

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Predators might be the best solution to disease showing up in wild animal populations, according to a new study.

“The healthy herd hypothesis suggests that predators can play a role in reducing disease risk for wild animal populations,” says Jason Hoverman, an associate professor in the forestry and natural resources department at Purdue University.

We’ve found that predators reduce the density of prey populations and consequently the chances that a sick individual encounters and infects healthy individuals.”. »

McLaren F1 to be powered by Mercedes-Benz from 2021

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McLaren Racing and Mercedes-Benz announced today that the McLaren F1 team will be powered by Mercedes from 2021 until at least the 2024 season under a long-term agreement.

“We are delighted to welcome McLaren back to the Mercedes-Benz racing family with this new power unit supply agreement.

McLaren Plus is our free-to-join fan loyalty programme, bringing McLaren fans closer to the team with the most inclusive, rewarding and open-to-all fan programmes in F1 & esports. »