Earth Passed a Feared Global Warming Milestone Friday, at Least Briefly

Earth Passed a Feared Global Warming Milestone Friday, at Least Briefly

Scott Dance at The Washington Post reports that on Friday, global temperatures briefly averaged more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the historic norm from before humans started consuming fossil fuels. Global temperatures have to surpass the 2-degree benchmark for a much longer time frame before scientists consider it breached, but say it is predictive nonetheless. Prior to this weekend, scientists said 2023 was virtually certain to surpass 2016 as the globe’s warmest on record. PRRI finds that Americans’ views on the urgency of climate change have remained about the same over the past decade, with just over one-quarter of Americans (27%) saying that climate change is a crisis, just a few percentage points up from 23% in 2014.

The White House May Condemn Musk, but the Government Is Addicted to Him

David E. Sanger and Eric Lipton at The New York Times write that although the White House denounced Elon Musk for affirming an antisemitic tweet, the U.S. government is increasingly reliant on Musk’s SpaceX technology. The U.S. has agreed to approximately  $1.2 billion worth of SpaceX launches next year and will pay tens of millions of dollars for “Starshield,” a SpaceX product. While SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have proved vital to Ukraine’s military during the war with Russia, their role has also led to concern from members of Congress and the Senate Armed Services Committee. PRRI research finds a majority of Americans (54%) agree that we should continue aid to Ukraine because resisting Russian aggression is in the vital national security interests of the United States, while 42% of Americans say we should end aid to Ukraine because we need the money to address problems here at home.

Gen Z Is Moving Away From Traditional Religion, but That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Spiritual

At Phoenix, Arizona’s NPR member station KJZZ, Mark Brodie takes a deep dive into whether Generation Z is in fact losing its religion. Last year, PRRI found nearly 40% of Americans between the ages of 18-29 were religiously unaffiliated. Among those 30-49 years old, that number was 32%; both are up from the year before. However, Terry Shoemaker, associate teaching professor in Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, shared other ways that younger generations are engaging with spirituality outside of organized religions.

Politics and Prose: Robert P. Jones and Wajahat Ali Discuss The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy

In an event held at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C last month, Robert P. Jones and Wajahat Ali, writer and speaker, discussed the themes of Jones’ New York Times-bestselling book, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future. Starting with Jones’ experiences growing up in Mississippi, then winding the clock back to the 15th century, Jones and Ali examine the competing historical and narrative threads that have led to the current political moment. Beyond the national level, Jones points to local truth-telling efforts happening across the country that are helping Americans learn from the past and better understand the challenges facing American democracy.

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