Our picks2017 Top 5 worst nuclear nightmares; many UFOs are just military aircraft; Venice drowning, and more

Published 3 January 2018

· 14 Philly-area superfund sites in flood zones, sea-level-rise areas

· When the war comes, what should we civilians do?

· The “double punishment” for black undocumented immigrants

· Rising waters: Can a massive barrier save Venice from drowning?

· Trump is bluffing about attacking North Korea in 2018

· Sorry, believers — many UFOs are just military aircraft

· Last year’s Top 5 worst nuclear nightmares (that aren’t going away)

14 Philly-area superfund sites in flood zones, sea-level-rise areas (Frank Kummer, Philly.com)
A recent Associated Press review of the data found that 2 million Americans live within a mile of one of the 327 vulnerable Superfund sites.

When the war comes, what should we civilians do? (Elizabeth Braw, Defense One)
The military can’t do it all. The US needs a national civilian emergency corps, trained and ready to help in case of the next disaster, be it cyber, nuclear, or natural.

The “double punishment” for black undocumented immigrants (Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic)
Although only 7 percent of non-citizens in the U.S. are black, they make up 20 percent of those facing deportation on criminal grounds.

Rising waters: Can a massive barrier save Venice from drowning? (Jeff Goodell, Yale e360)
A retractable barrier designed to protect Venice from sea level rise and storm surges is set to be operational next year. But the project’s engineering limitations and cost overruns are raising questions about the mega-projects that many coastal cities are hoping can save them.

Trump is bluffing about attacking North Korea in 2018 (Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy).
But that still might get us all killed. I don’t know if Donald Trump is going to be making any New Year’s resolutions for 2018, but here’s a thought: How about not threatening to start a nuclear war with North Korea?

Sorry, believers — many UFOs are just military aircraft (David Axe, War is Boring)
There’s no shortage of secret prototypes

Last year’s Top 5 worst nuclear nightmares (that aren’t going away) (Joe Cirincione, Defense One)
Each of these threats has only gotten worse. Take one guess what (or who) I think remains the top nuclear threat to us…