Minister of the Environment Leads Great But Trump Defends Him

First-class travel, permanent bodyguards, excessive spending, very advantageous rent: the spending scandal of Donald Trump's environment minister swells, but the US president reiterated his support, satisfied with his action.

Scott Pruitt has headed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since last year, tasked with one of the Trump Presidency's priority missions: to dismantle Barack Obama's environmental record.

Oklahoma, where he had built his reputation as an advocate for the fossil industries as Attorney General, he got on with his new job with such zeal that he is now thanked by Donald Trump, who had not been so lenient to Ministers of Health or Veterans Affairs.

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Scott Pruitt has indeed traveled a lot in first class, accompanied by numerous bodyguards. A safety precaution, justified the EPA, evoking threats … But the argument collapsed when it was learned that Mr. Pruitt, for personal trips he had to pay from his pocket, was content to

The number of bodyguards is plethoric, compared to its predecessors: 19 agents and 19 vehicles, for protection 24 hours a day, according to CNN. Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was contacted confidentially by EPA officials, estimates that the number was 30 in a six-week period.

By comparison, Gina McCarthy, who was in the same post under Barack Obama, had only half a dozen, and was traveling alone on weekends. Another administrator, under George W. Bush, Christine Todd, told CNN that she was walking to work alone.

– 'Preferential treatment' –

Scott Pruitt is also charged with having transferred a bodyguard who had refused to activate the sirens on his vehicle because the Minister was late for a dinner because it was not an emergency.

He allegedly ordered excessive expenses such as installing a secure phone booth in his office ($ 43,000). At least five public servants who opposed other spending plans, such as buying an armored office or renting a private plane on a monthly basis, were dismissed or sacked, according to the New York Times.

Not to mention the particularly advantageous lease signed by Scott Pruitt for his nights in Washington: an apartment rented $ 50 a night to a lobbyist, well below market prices.

The US president has, surprisingly, conceded that his minister was relatively expensive

"Although security spending is somewhat higher than its predecessors, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold action at the EPA," tweeted Donald Trump. "Exceptionally clean air and water, while saving billions of dollars in the US"

"Rent was about the price of the market, travel expenses OK Scott does a great job!"

If the presidential tweet clears the sky in the short term, it does not put an end to the affair.

The Inspector General of the EPA investigates, and the Democratic Opposition of the Congress continues to discover overwhelming facts, referred by EPA officials who regard Pruitt as the agency's gravedigger and benefit from a law allowing them to confidentially confide in parliamentarians to denounce ethical violations.

"While security issues are extremely important, personal security should never be used as a pretext for obtaining preferential treatment," wrote Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to the Inspector General of the EPA. [19659002ManyelectedDemocratsandthreeRepublicanscalledforhisresignationTherestofthemajority'selectedofficialsareincreasinglyreluctanttodefendit

Trey Gowdy, Chair of the House Government Control Commission, has said in response to an environmental activist that he "lost patience" for this kind of behavior.

But as long as the President maintains his trust, Scott Pruitt is assured of keeping his job.

Global warming: even a rise of 2 ° C leads to disastrous consequences

Rising seas, loss of biodiversity, complicated access to food, declining standard of living … Even if the world manages to limit warming to 2 ° C, the consequences will be disastrous, according to some 20 studies published April 2, 2018 in the British journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A . " We detect significant changes in climate impacts for a world at 2 ° C, so we must take steps to avoid it ," said AFP Dann Mitchell, Bristol University , principal author of the text which introduces this special issue.

More than two years after the signature of the Paris Agreement which aims to maintain the rise of the thermometer under 2 ° C, or even 1.5 ° C, compared to the pre-industrial era, the twenty or so studies compare the impact of the two scenarios. " One of the challenges is how quickly we will reach + 2 ° C ," says Mitchell. In other words, the time that the world will have or not to adapt to the multiple consequences of global warming. The UN Climate Experts Group (Giec) is due to report in October on a possible planet at + 1.5 ° C. The draft text already estimated in January 2018 that in view of current country commitments and CO2 emission trajectories, it was " extremely unlikely " to achieve this goal.

The sea level will continue to rise " for at least three centuries "

Even though the temperature rise stabilizes at +1.5 or + 2 ° C, the Sea level will continue to rise " for at least three centuries ", by 90 or 120 cm by 2300, according to one of the 20 studies compiled by the researchers. This will result in flooding, erosion and salinization of groundwater. The more optimistic the scenario, the more the Pacific Islands, the Ganges Delta or the coastal cities will have time to build defenses or move populations. If nothing is done to limit CO2 emissions, the average rise in sea level, caused by ice melt and water dilation, will reach 72 cm by 2100. But this perspective is variable depending on the temperatures. It is thus estimated at 65 for the scenario at + 2 ° C, while it could reach 130 years if climate change is maintained at + 1.5 ° C. " The impacts for the 21st century are rather postponed than avoided ", and note the researchers.

A more difficult access to food

According to studies, a rise in temperatures will cause a greater food insecurity around the world. This will be the consequence of both floods and larger droughts. A warming of 2 ° C would make it more vulnerable to the shortage of countries like Bangladesh, Oman, Mauritania, Yemen and Niger. On the contrary, Mali, Burkina Faso and Sudan would see their situation improve slightly as they would suffer from less severe droughts. But this is an " exception ", according to Professor Richard Betts, who conducted one of 20 studies. In case of warming 1.5 ° C, " 76% of the countries studied would record a lower increase in their vulnerability to food insecurity ," report the researchers.

Even poorer countries poor

If a temperature rise of + 1.5 ° C is not expected to change much of the world's economic growth, " a warming of 2 ° C suggests significantly lower growth rates for many countries, especially around the equator "says Felix Pretis, an economist at Oxford University. " The already poor countries today are expected to become even poorer with climate change, and more if temperatures rise by + 2 ° C than by an increase of + 1.5 ° C. rich will probably be less affected ", emphasizes Felix Pretis

A significant difference for biodiversity

If a rise in temperatures will disrupt some of the fauna and flora," contain the warming in 1.5 ° C rather than 2 ° C (…) would increase from 5.5% to 14% the areas of the globe that could serve as a climate refuge for plants and animals ", says another study. Their area would be equivalent to that of the " current network of protected areas ". In addition, limiting global warming could reduce by nearly 50% the number of species at risk of halving their natural habitat

Danish tennis champion leads Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has won her first major women's singles championship in the Australian Open on Saturday with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Simona Halep.

Woziniacki, age 27 , from Den Mark it became champion in his first appearance in the final of major tennis tournaments, although 43 times entered the main tournament which almost made him despair.19659002] He will also regain the number 1 ranking in the world for the first time in 6 year, another benefit of beating the top seed of Halep.

Simona Halep of Romania is now 0-3 in the final of major tournaments or grand slams after losing twice in the final of the French Open final.

Denmark's Wozniacki, 27, year-old is the third major first-time champion winner of the year – since Serena Williams won her 23rd at the Australian Open in 2017, because of her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter in September. [gp]

Malaysian PM Leads Demonstration of Solidarity Action with Palestinian People

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leads thousands of Muslims in demonstrations to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, denouncing the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Najib told demonstrators that Malaysia will do all it can to 'rescue Jerusalem 'and that he would not be afraid of America or by his close relationship with President Donald Trump.

Last September Najib met Trump in the White House. Last month, Najib uploaded a photo of himself with Trump on Twitter on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Manila.

Malaysia joined forces with more than 120 nations voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for America The Society abrogated its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [lt]