The New York Times has posted a blockbuster story that President Donald Trump ordered that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be fired last June but White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II prevented the order from being carried out by threatening to resign. If true, it is a chilling disclosure that any president might take a clearly self-destructive and unwarranted act. The firing would have raised credible calls for an investigation for possible impeachable offenses. While I have written extensively (here and here and here) on Muellers conflicts of interest and why he should never have been considered for such a post, I have also stressed that any firing of Mueller would be an act of utter insanity in the midst of this investigation.
1. Coral reefs
With three quarters of the worlds coral reefs already at risk due to threats ranging from invasive species to ocean acidification to sunscreen pollution the time for action is now.Image via
The International Coral Reef Initiative has dubbed 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Things have already kicked off in Fiji, with an announcement from the government of a major new protected site.
UN Environment has also just begun a detailed analysis of the status of coral reefs in the Pacific.
Watch out for more news and action on reefs as the year progresses.
2. Plastic pollution....