contents
Your weekly briefing on the state of 
humanity
SEE ALL ISSUES
EDITOR'S LETTER
On Refugee Week
NEWS FEATURE 1
Picking up the pieces after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
NEWS FEATURE 2
Going against the Asian flow, South Korea axes nuclear power
DIGEST AMERICAS
Trump on Cuba: Tough talk, moderate action
DIGEST AMERICAS
Amazon and Whole Foods: ‘Love at first sight’
DIGEST EUROPE
Are Europe’s elites divided and out of touch?
DIGEST EUROPE
A corruption saga topples Romania’s government
DIGEST EUROPE
FIFA’s new rule to fight racism in football
DIGEST EUROPE
Does Theresa May’s gamble risk peace in Northern Ireland?
DIGEST ASIA-PACIFIC
Thailand continues social media crackdown
DIGEST AFRICA
Smooth criminal? Equatorial Guinea’s heir apparent goes on trial
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
A palace reshuffle in Riyadh
DIGEST MIDDLE EAST
The sands are shifting in eastern Syria
THE PICTURE
A forest of fire
GOOD NEWS
DELL will recycle plastic waste from Haiti’s beaches for laptop packaging
A cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be imminent
THE  INFOGRAPHIC
Humanity on the move
IN SCIENCE
China kicks off a quantum space race
IN MEDICINE
Archaeologists discover a lost Ethiopian city
IN TECHNOLOGY
Can your father’s age determine your intelligence?
www.spiegel.de
A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
roadsandkingdoms.com
Living to the Rhythm of the Race - Roads & Kingdoms
www.bbc.co.uk
Chicago goes high-tech in search of answers to gun crime surge - BBC News

Trump’s climate cuts meet fresh-faced resistance

Climate Change
See 95 more
Environmentalists take to the streets of New York in January to protest the presence of climate change deniers in President Trump’s cabinet.
Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Environmentalists take to the streets of New York in January to protest the presence of climate change deniers in President Trump’s cabinet.
O n Thursday, the first outline of President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget revealed what environmentalists had feared: a 31% funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
The move is not surprising. The writing had been on the wall for the EPA since Mr. Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, a noted climate change sceptic who last week denied that carbon dioxide emissions are a primary cause of global warming, flying in the face of all scientific evidence, to head the department. In the early weeks of his presidency, Mr. Trump has also cut off a series of Obama-era environmental regulations and continued his loud opposition to the landmark Paris Accords. 
Unlike America’s presidency, climate change does not refresh itself every four or eight years. That is the basis of an innovative lawsuit against the federal government that environmentalists say is the first of its kind. A group of 21 young Americans, aged between 9 and 20, are taking the government and energy companies to court, claiming that their failure to address global warming violates their “constitutional rights to life, liberty and property”.
The plaintiffs reason that, as climate change threatens their future, the government has violated their constitutional right to due process.
Originally levied during the Obama-era, the lawsuit was cleared to go to trial in November by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - the same court that struck down President Trump’s first attempt at a travel ban. Now, the Trump administration is seeking to overturn that ruling and prevent the suit from being heard in court.
If successful, the lawsuit could force the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and take concerted efforts to tackle global warming. It could also change the way that green warriors fight anti-environmental policies. Similar cases attempting to hold authorities to account over climate change have been brought at a state level, but this is the first to be levelled against the federal government.
America’s kids are not going down without a fight.
Henry Goodwin
The World Weekly
16 March 2017 - last edited 16 March 2017