Dan Cohen AUTHOR After the Trump administration declined to include climate change in its national security strategy, 106 House lawmakers, including 11 Republicans, are pushing the president to recognize the issue as a significant threat to the nation’s security. “We have heard from scientists, military leaders, and civil personnel who believe that climate change is indeed a direct threat to America’s national security and to the stability of the world at large,” stated a letter sent to the White House last week by the bipartisan coalition. “As global temperatures become more volatile, sea levels rise, and landscapes change, our military installations and our communities are increasingly at risk of devastation. It is imperative that the United States address this growing geopolitical threat,” the letter’s co-authors, Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), wrote.The national defense strategy, slated to be released shortly, similarly will not mention climate change, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters last month, reported the Hill.Photo by Architect of the Capitol
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced the payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the three BJP workers who were injured in the collapse of a makeshift tent at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally and are receiving treatment at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.The money will be paid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Banerjee, on her way to the convocation of IIT Kharagpur which is scheduled to be held on Friday, paid a surprise visit to the hospital where the three Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeseriously injured have been admitted. “Those who are injured at the Prime Minister’s rally are from lower-middle class families. The doctors have taken proper care and I announce the payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the three injured persons who are undergoing treatment,” Banerjee told reporters here. She had prayed for the quick recovery of the injured persons in a tweet. She also spoke to the doctors and asked them to treat the injured persons with top priority. As many as 90 people were injured, five of them seriously, in the incident. All the injured persons were treated and discharged except these three. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee went to the ward where the injured patients have been put up and spoke to them and their family members. She also had a word with the doctors and inquired about their health. She was accompanied by Surajit Kar Purkayastha, the state Security Advisor. It may be mentioned that the state government is conducting an investigation into the collapse of the tent. Senior police officers have spoken to the decorator’s firm that had put up the pandal. A team from the Home ministry had also visited the site and has spoken to senior police officers as well. State Forensic experts have visited the site and collected samples. No report on the cause of the collapse of the pandal has yet been submitted to the state government.