Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. The uninhabitable Earth
“It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.”
+1: Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says – The Guardian
+1: Shell plans to spend $1 billion a year on clean energy by 2020 – Bloomberg
2. Trump’s son met with Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Clinton
“The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.”
+1: “If there was no collusion, it wasn’t for lack of trying” – The Atlantic
+1: Jared Kushner tried and failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar – The Intercept
3. Opposition to Omar Khadr’s settlement is puzzling and cynical
“When it became known last week that Canada was to issue an apology worth $10.5 million to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, a Canadian, it came to many as a no-brainer. After all, it aligned with Canadian values of freedom, ethics and social justice.
“Morality aside, it wasn’t as if the government had a choice.”
+1: Khadr settlement far from unprecedented; U.K., Australia made similar deals – CTV News
4. The secret documents that help explain the Qatar crisis
“The existence of the agreements has been known, but both the content and the documents themselves were kept secret due to the sensitivity of the issues involved and the fact that they were agreed in private by heads of state. The agreements were exclusively obtained by CNN from a source from the region with access to the documents.
5. We are we still debating GMOs?
“The FDA has declared them safe, as has major study after major study. Which is great news, because they’re present in nearly 80 percent of all food. Despite this, a 2015 Pew study found that 57 percent of the general public think GMOs are unsafe.”