A research arm of the World Health Organization has resurrected the specter of the association of cancer with cellphones, classifying the use of the mobile devices as possibly carcinogenic, much as it has categorized alcohol, coffee, pesticides, engine exhaust, and even working the graveyard shift. The announcement was made on May 31 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) after a panel of scientists from 31 countries reviewed dozens of studies on the issue.

Gov. Chris Christie announced late last week that New Jersey would be leaving the controversial Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a “cap-and-trade” scheme supposedly designed to fight global warming by forcing up energy costs and creating a slush fund to lavish “climate” money on “green” causes.

Tornadoes and violent storms continue to sweep across the nation killing innocent victims in its path. On Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, at least 13 people were killed after several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. These storms are in addition to the massive tornado that claimed the lives of 122 people in the city of Joplin, Missouri, over the weekend.

Dr. Aevar Petersen, chair of Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), recently told the Foreign Ministers of Arctic countries that the tree line in that region may grow 300 miles further north by 2100. “Changes seem to be happening even more rapidly than we had anticipated just ten years ago.… The tree line is moving north quite rapidly.”

The Army Corps of Engineers blew open two miles of levee along the Mississippi River in Missouri May 2, an effort that may have saved the community of Cairo, Illinois, but which flooded 200 square miles of fertile farmland, which Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called “literally the most productive part of our continent.”