5 Things to Know Today: March 6, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, the NRDC is gearing up for a legal battle against Trump, the International Women's Day strike has a fascinating reason for wanting participants to wear red, and there's a new four-legged robot that can navigate almost any terrain.
1. Triple Pundit: The NRDC is preparing to take Trump to court.
Last week, the National Resources Defense Council said it plans to lawyer up against the Trump administration’s “anti-environment” agenda. Mitch Bernard, NRDC COO, and Aaron Colangelo, NRDC co-director of litigation, said that the legal approach will be follow two separate paths—one focusing on unlawful activity, and the other to halt or slow the rollback of existing environmental regulation.
2. Slate: This week’s Women’s Day strike is a testament to its radical roots.
Organizers of January's massive Women's March are planning "A Day Without a Woman" to be held Wednesday, International Women's Day. In addition to refraining from both paid and unpaid labor, participants are encouraged to wear red in solidarity, a nod to the International Women's Day's roots as a socialist celebration.
3. Quartz: The only real way to reduce inequality is through a catastrophe.
Stanford professor Walter Scheidel identified four ways inequality has been rectified in the past: war, revolution, state collapse, and disease. More positive, or at least less destructive, occurrences like improving education or the Great Recession, have only done so much. War, on the other hand, can drive up taxes and mobilize entire communities. State failures tend to put nearly everyone in a significantly worse position and disease and violent revolutions tend to wipe out populations. But before you start war mongering or fomenting revolution, know that technology has changed the world in major ways since many of these historic events, lessening the chance they'd have the same impact today.
4. Treehugger: Keeping lead in bullets is apparently a priority of the Trump Administration
In 1991 the Fish and Wildlife Service banned using lead bullets to hunt waterbirds on Federal wetlands, claiming lead bullets left in animal remains had fatal consequences up and down the food chain. The Obama administration expanded that ban to all hunting just before Trump was inaugurated. In spite of the ecological implications, last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rescinded the order and made lead bullets legal for hunting once again, implying the ban was anti-hunting.
5. Fast Coexist: A cute and creepy four-legged robot can maneuver in any terrain.
Created by Ghost Robotics, the Minitaur can run up stairs, climb fences, open doors, and prance around on four legs. Now, its enhanced maneuverability and escape techniques allow the Minitaur to navigate tricky wilderness terrain like rocky river banks, slick grasslands, and thick vegetation. Those updated availabilities give it an edge over wheeled robots.