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A Timely Guide to the North Korea Crisis

People who live in Guam and the nearby Northern Mariana Islands talked about finding themselves suddenly in the cross hairs.PhotoA United States Air Force airplane at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Thursday, as tension with North Korea remained high.Credit Yonhap, via Associated PressThe reaction from other countriesAsian officials — particularly in countries like Japan and South Korea that would be most vulnerable to North Korean aggression — reacted to Mr. Trump’s comments with alarm, saying a war that once seemed unthinkable was now a possibility. Markets were rattled, too, and stocks fell on Wednesday.China, however, appeared to see an opening to present itself as the adult in the room and increase its regional influence.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Experts said there was little precedent for Mr. Trump’s language. Previous American presidents who confronted problems with North Korea, like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, had issued sharp warnings while in office, but their wording was carefully considered, and they also used diplomacy to try to defuse crises.What happens next?Mr. Trump’s advisers are divided on how to proceed, and it is not clear what Mr […]

Public Health: Obamacare’s Future Now Depends on an Unhappy White House

But the Trump administration, rather than working to solve those problems, has mostly described them as failures of the previous administration. The White House has declined to say whether it will continue to pay certain subsidies to plans for very low-income Americans, subsidies seen as vital to the financial health of the exchange business. And it has suggested that it might decline to enforce the law’s individual mandate. Both of those actions will tend to raise prices, discourage insurer participation and make Obamacare shakier than it would be otherwise.While premiums for Obamacare plans rose sharply for many customers this year, a growing body of evidence suggests that the insurers still in the market have begun making money and would be likely to stay if not for the administrative uncertainty. So far, there has not been a widespread run for the exits among insurers, but that could change if the companies feel that the administration wishes to actively undermine the markets.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.President Trump, for the moment, appears to be leaning toward that course of action. In a Tuesday morning tweet, he wrote, “Let Obamacare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan.” Later in the day, he told reporters that Republicans should “let Obamacare fail,” adding, “I’m not going to own it.”Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. But they have demonstrated that there is not enough agreement within the party to pass a major health overhaul bill […]

Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones, recycle others

This avoids a huge wave of e-waste from the failed phones. […]

Shatterday Product Review: Dabado Vaporizer

Vaporizing cannabis concentrates, or dabbing, is definitely one of the newer methods of cannabis consumption and is one that many people may not even be familiar with yet. While this method of consumption is one that many patients need in order to medicate properly, it has not always been received the best, even by those The post Shatterday Product Review: Dabado Vaporizer appeared first on The Weed Blog. […]

Unleashing the Power of Women and Clean Cooking

By Wanjira Mathai, Director of the Partnerships for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) and Alliance Advisory Council Member, and Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves One year ago this month, leaders from around the world came together and took the bold step of adopting the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Together, action towards achieving these goals can fuel inclusive progress, creating ripple effects felt around the world. As global leaders met again this month in New York and plan to meet this autumn in Morocco to restate their commitment to the global development and climate goals, they must keep the focus on proven solutions that are already delivering tangible impacts, particularly for women and girls. One of these solutions is changing how people in developing countries cook. Globally, close to 3 billion people lack access to clean cookstoves and fuels. They are forced to cook using heavily-polluting solid fuels like coal, wood, and animal dung. The negative impact of these cooking methods on health, climate, and gender equality is broad and far reaching. Cooking over open fires and rudimentary cookstoves results in more than four million deaths each year, and a recent World Bank report shows that the economic impact of household air pollution—caused largely by inefficient cooking—is more than US$2 trillion. Not surprisingly, women suffer the most […]

Market for Hemp Food to Increase Over 20% by 2020

Research and Markets has announced a new report titled Global Hemp-Based Foods Market 2016-2020, which estimates the growth rate of the hemp food market over the next several years. “Scientists believe that humans have been cultivating hemp for over ten thousand years, owing to its nutritional, medicinal, and industrial properties”, begins the report. “As a The post Market for Hemp Food to Increase Over 20% by 2020 appeared first on The Weed Blog. […]

Agroecology and industrial farming: leveling the playing field

Driving across the United States, the landscape of genetically modified corn stretches for hundreds of miles. Same crop, same variety, same methods, even the same seed company dominates the heartland–visual proof of the dominance of industrial agriculture. (Most of this vast sea of corn is used for animal feed or ethanol production rather than for human consumption…) The same lack of biological diversity can be found in the industrial tomato fields of Florida, the vegetable fields of California and the cotton fields of the southern United States, with soy, rice, wheat and livestock also following the same pattern. The negative consequences of industrial agriculture–from climate change to antibiotic-resistant bacteria–have been extensively documented. Agroecology, the “cleaner and greener” alternative to industrial agriculture, has also been extensively documented. Contrary to popular belief (and to a lot of industrial propaganda) agroecological methods can be just as productive as industrial methods. While a few techniques have crossed the agroecological-industrial divide, they rarely challenge the monoculture mantra. Most large-scale farmers in the United States are locked-in to the markets of industrial agriculture and are reluctant to make sweeping changes to their farming system. Over the last century chemicals and big machinery have replaced millions of workers. […]