The situation in Japan is grim. Estimates of the dead or missing — and by now this latter group must be moved into the dead column — is above 25,000 souls. A half-million residents are homeless, with many in danger of starvation since roads and railroads have simply disappeared. Yet the world’s media pays only lip service to the plight of Japanese citizens. It is almost entirely focused on the disabled nuclear reactors and the “leaks” of radiation that have had, and will have, virtually no effect on human health.
As the United Nations officially began its first major climate-change conference of the year in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 5, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres warned of dire consequences if governments refuse to back ever-greater cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions with a new global-warming treaty.
By a veto-proof majority of 251 to 108 the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the state's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a compact among 10 Northeastern states to limit greenhouse emissions and allow utility companies to buy and trade offsetting credits, similar to the federal "cap and trade" program proposed in Congress.