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Our picksBay Area prepares for war; high-rise firefighting; mangroves to the rescue, and more

Published 10 August 2017

North Korean threats make Bay Area ponder the unthinkable: A nuclear attack; 9 questions about North Korea you were too embarrassed to ask; Here’s how climate change is already affecting the US; Pentagon to Bannon’s Blackwater Buddy Erik Prince: GTFO; Peoria firefighters train for special challenges posed by high-rises; Mangroves: A star player in the coastal protection game.

North Korean threats make Bay Area ponder the unthinkable: A nuclear attack (Casey Tolan and Matthias Gafni, Mercury News)
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Bay Area residents are being forced to confront the unthinkable: the possibility of a nuclear attack on our own soil.

9 questions about North Korea you were too embarrassed to ask (Alex Ward, Vox)
Tensions between the US and North Korea are heating up. Here’s how we got to this point — and where we might be headed.

Here’s how climate change is already affecting the US (Alessandra Potenza, The Verge)
We often talk about climate change as a far-off problem that will affect our children and grandchildren, but climate change is already affecting Americans right now, according to a US government report.

Pentagon to Bannon’s Blackwater Buddy Erik Prince: GTFO (Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast)
The world’s most notorious mercenary chief is trying to sell the Trump administration on a plan to privatize America’s longest war. But the Pentagon brass are not having it.

Peoria firefighters train for special challenges posed by high-rises (Andy Kravetz, Journal Star)
Every month, firefighters with the Peoria Fire Department practice what to do if there is a fire high off the ground.

Mangroves: A star player in the coastal protection game (Mark Tercek, HuffPost)
They do it all: sequester greenhouse gases, protect marine life, maintain fresh water and, of course, defend against rising sea levels and storm surges.