5 Things to Know This Weekend: May 13, 2017
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United Nations climate change talks, Tiffany & Co. calls out Trump, and some good news for advocates of clean energy. Here are the 5 things to know this weekend.
On Monday, the U.N. started their talks about climate change, and Trump’s threat to pull out of the Paris Agreement was a topic of interest.
The 11-day discussion is to draft a “rulebook” for member countries to follow as they jointly try to cut carbon emissions and combat climate change. But, because the U.S. is the world’s number two carbon polluter, the threat of its withdrawal from the deal has the potential to ruin the entire thing. The Paris Agreement has been considered a last chance for countries to do their part to halt global warming, but if President Donald Trump decides to pull out of the agreement, the chances of its success are low.
Tiffany & Co. posted an Instagram that reads “Dear President Trump, We’re still in for bold climate action. Please keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. The disaster of climate change is too real, and the threat to our planet and to our children is too great." The same message also appeared in their ad spot on The New York Times and Tiffany's is one of several major U.S. companies that signed an open letter urging the president to remain part of the Paris Agreement.
On Wednesday, the Republican-led Senate voted against revoking Obama’s rule that limits methane emissions.
Methane gas is a major contributor to climate change, and companies regularly burn it off during oil production. Last year, the Obama Administration imposed a rule limiting how much methane could be burned off on federal land—which the oil and gas industry has vigorously opposed. The House voted to repeal the rule, but the Senate said no, with three Republican senators voting to keep the rule in place.
Climate Watch: Iceland is ‘harvesting’ clean energy from volcanoes.
Who knew you could drill for clean energy? In Iceland, a drill named “Thor” has drilled where no drill has gone before: almost three miles into the Earth’s crust in the hopes that it can harvest geothermal energy and use it to produce 10 times more energy than fossil fuels. The Iceland Deep Drilling Project is still in the experimental phase; it has two years to prove successful and economically feasible.
On Thursday, Trump received an “F” from management experts over his firing of former FBI director James Comey.
While Trump often touts himself as a savvy CEO whose business talents are just what the country needs, a bevy of leadership experts disagree. For instance, the sudden dismissal of James Comey—whose role investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections is akin to an internal auditor at a corporation—was shady at best and would require a board investigation were the U.S. indeed a business. At worst, it could cause lawsuits and shareholder panic .
Something lighter for Friday: 28 things every woman with a feminist mother knows.
“Gender roles are bullshit” and “You don’t have to smile for everyone” are on the list. Read the rest with your mom, and give her the gift of smashing the patriarchy this year.