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14 facts you might not know about the real North Pole

You probably grew up believing that the North Pole is a magical place with reindeer, elves and holiday cheer like you saw in the movies. And most importantly, that it’s where Santa Claus lives. Unfortunately, you’re not going to find any of those things at the real North Pole. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the northernmost part of the Earth.

9 good news stories from 2020

It’s been an incredibly tough year as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on lives and livelihoods across the globe.

But there have been some bright spots amid the gloom.

TRUMP VS SCIENCE

From climate change to healthcare to agricultural science, Trump and his allies have made it clear that they are more than willing to ignore scientific evidence and advice in order to justify cutting funding for important studies and programs.

TRUMP STRIKES AGAIN: WHITE HOUSE CANCELS NASA RESEARCH ON GREENHOUSE GASES

The Trump administration has taken yet another step against the global scientific community. This time NASA has fallen prey to this tyranny. The White House recently decided to stop funding NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). This plan will affect not only the research community but also the entire living world. Closing down the CMS will threaten the ability of countries to measure global carbon flows. It will also jeopardize plans to monitor carbon emissions reductions, which are an important part of the Paris Climate Accords. Let us learn more about what this change will mean for the fight against climate change.

TRUMP’S WAR ON SCIENCE

As a candidate, Donald Trump famously dismissed climate change as a “hoax” invented by the Chinese to gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. As President, Trump put Scott Pruitt, who disputes the scientific consensus that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA UPDATES PLAN TO LIMIT SCIENCE USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL RULES

The Trump administration has formally revised a proposal that would significantly restrict the type of research that can be used to draft environmental and public health regulations, a measure that experts say amounts to one of the government’s most far-reaching restrictions on science.

A TIMELINE OF DONALD TRUMP’S WAR ON PUBLIC LANDS

Immediately after he took office, on January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump and his officials began opening up public lands to the energy industry. Ever since, it’s been hard to keep track of all the regulation rollbacks and revoked protections.

I RAN THE WHITE HOUSE PANDEMIC OFFICE. TRUMP CLOSED IT.

When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact. Its mission was the same as when I was asked to lead the office, established after the Ebola epidemic of 2014: to do everything possible within the vast powers and resources of the U.S. government to prepare for the next disease outbreak and prevent it from becoming an epidemic or pandemic.

TRUMP’S WAR ON THE ENVIRONMENT

President Donald Trump is a radical climate-change denier and crusader for deregulation who is trying to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — an entity critical to protecting the health of all Americans. Trump initially selected as the Administrator of EPA Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, who made a career of attacking EPA and lobbying for the oil and gas industry.

The Full Story of Trump and COVID-19 | NowThis

THE FULL STORY OF TRUMP & COVID: More than 7 million Americans have suffered from COVID-19, including Pres. Trump. Emmy winner Jeffrey Wright narrates the documentary detailing how four years of Trump’s actions brought America to this moment (warning: distressing images).