Gavin Newsom

8 Magazines | 7,836 Articles | 38,653 Followers | 13 Likes | @GavinNewsom | Former SF mayor & 49th Lt. Gov. of California. Dedicated to equal rights & the economic recovery of California. Author of Citizenville, available now: amzn.to/TLXFUF

New studies show Rex Tillerson is wrong about climate risks

The remaining climate change uncertainties point toward higher risks and greater urgency for action<p>President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State – and until recently the CEO of ExxonMobil – Rex Tillerson was given a confirmation hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last …

World News

Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

Russia

Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.<p>Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his …

Elections

Belgian police issue alert about foldable gun that looks like a phone

Remember that handgun that folds up to look like a smartphone? Belgian police have reportedly issued an alert for the transforming gun as the weapon inches closer to launching in the U.S.<p>According to the <i>Dernière Heure</i> newspaper, Belgian police are concerned the Ideal Conceal Pistol will be …

Guns

Someone made a handgun that looks like a smartphone

The 'Ideal Conceal' is handgun that is designed for self-defense. It looks like a smartphone, but it unfolds to become a handgun.

Climate Change Deniers Finally Went Too Far

Last month, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State University, could …

Climate Change

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change

Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David …

Climate Change

California Storms Are Starting to Reverse Devastating Drought Conditions

The severe drought that left California parched for five years has finally started to lift in more than a third of the state this week following …

Climate

The flooding in California won't end its three-year drought

We’ll have to wait and see<p>California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just …

Water

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Climate Change

Want people to notice your climate research? Learn how to write.

Research with a narrative is shared more widely<p>Pretend for a moment you are a climate scientist, or maybe a layperson curious about climate change research. Which of the following intro sentences would prompt you to keep reading a study?<p>This?<p><i>Empirical critical loads for N deposition effects and</i> …

Climate Change

Why It’s Impossible to Predict When That Giant Antarctic Ice Sheet Will Split

Over the past several months, scientists working in Antarctica have been watching—with a mixture of professional fascination and personal horror—a …

World News

Pablo Escobar's Son Is . . . An Architect?!

And he's pretty good, too. Architect's Newspaper spoke to Sebastián Marroquín about his life and work.<p>Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar once supplied 80% of the cocaine in the United States and was worth an estimated $30 billion at his peak. He was a hero to some of his countrymen, one of the …

Architecture

The Arctic sea ice collapse is happening before our eyes — and it's a worrisome sign of what's to come

As 2016 wound down and winter kicked into gear in the Northern Hemisphere, an ominous trend began in the Arctic: sea ice dipped to levels far below normal.<p>Less of the northern ocean was covered in ice than scientists had ever seen in the satellite record.<p>The trend began in earnest back in November, …

World News

Don't Forget Exxon's Lousy Record On Gays And Women

Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of state, has spent his career in an "old boys' club."<p>With so many other issues surrounding the nomination of former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, his company’s history on women’s rights and gay rights hasn’t gotten much attention.<p>…

Women's News

Sessions suggests Trump admin could stamp out legal pot

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Jeff Sessions indicated at his confirmation hearing Tuesday that as attorney general, he might break the federal government's truce with states on marijuana.<p>During President Barack Obama's administration, states have been allowed to "experiment" with legalizing pot, and the …

Cannabis

California Republican challenges state's hiring of Eric Holder to fight Trump policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.<p>Assembly member Kevin Kiley …

Government

Washington pot protesters have wary eye on Trump's attorney general pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pro-marijuana activists planning to light thousands of joints at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in a call for national legalization of the drug fear a reversal of recent gains if his attorney general pick is confirmed in hearings beginning on Tuesday.<p>Trump's …

Cannabis

U.S. posts second-warmest year on record, breadth of warmth ‘unparalleled’

2016 U.S. temperatures compared to normal. (NOAA)<p>Every single state and every single city in the Lower 48 states was warmer than normal in 2016. For the nation, the year ranked second-warmest in records that date back to 1895.<p>The nation’s average temperature was 54.9 degrees, nearly 3 degrees above …

World News

Climate change may shut down a current that keeps the North Atlantic warm

New research suggests this conveyer belt of warmth could be more fragile than we thought<p>Both Europe and North America are warmed in the winter by currents circulating in the Atlantic — but climate change threatens this source of warmth. If the Earth warms too much, it’s possible that this current …

Climate Change

3 more states are proposing 'bathroom bills' that critics are calling discriminatory

Lawmakers in three states have filed bills that would regulate bathroom access in public buildings, despite cries from critics who call the bills discriminatory against transgender residents.<p>Language used in the proposed "bathroom bills" — filed in Texas on Thursday, and Virginia and Kentucky …

Women's News

Trump's deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers he'll need starting with the next …

California

Pro-weed organization to hand out free joints on Inauguration Day

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Adam Eidinger wants to make a statement on President-elect Donald Trump's Inauguration Day by offering 4,200 free joints to anyone willing to take it.<p>On January 20, Eidinger, alongside other marijuana legalization advocates, are going to hand out up to two ounces of marijuana in …

Marijuana

Texas lawmaker pushing 'Constitutional Carry' gun bill

A state lawmaker wants to make it legal for all Texans to pack a pistol with or without a permit.<p>Two controversial gun laws have come through the Texas Legislature in the past few sessions. Legislators passed the Open Carry law two years ago. Campus Carry also allows the concealed carry of handguns …

Gun Control

A DC pro-weed group plans to hand out 4,200 joints, light up at 4:20 during Trump's inauguration speech

A Washington, DC-based pro-marijuana legalization group has plans to lead a march through the city to President-elect Trump's inauguration ceremony, hand out 4,200 joints of legally grown cannabis, and light up at four minutes and twenty seconds into the President-elect's speech.<p>DCMJ, which helped …

Marijuana

College Will Be Free In New York Under New Plan

If your family earns less than $125,000 a year, tuition at New York colleges will be free under the proposed Excelsior Scholarship system.<p>New York’s governor plans to make college free for low- and middle-income families, under a groundbreaking plan announced Tuesday that could set a precedent for …

College & University

The Free-College Dream Didn't End With Trump's Election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state’s public colleges and universities free for families earning less than $125,000.<p>When Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, hope that the federal government might make the nation’s public colleges and …

College & University

Anticipating Trump: Deportation Fears Give Immigrant Advocates A Boost

Viridiana Martinez's parents brought her to the U.S. illegally when she was 7. But it wasn't until she was in her 20s, when she took the microphone at a rally in Durham, N.C., that she "came out" as being unauthorized herself. Martinez, now 30, has been on the front lines of the immigrant rights …

Politics

New York governor proposes free tuition at state colleges

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make free tuition a reality at New York's public colleges.<p>Students whose families earn $125,000 or less would pay nothing for tuition at two- and four-year public colleges under the governor's plan.<p>It's similar to what Hillary Clinton proposed for …

College & University

Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed.<p>Not included in the modernization plans? A …

Donald Trump