In This Episode
- Pfizer and Moderna say their vaccines may be less effective against a new coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, and Biden has now banned travel from South Africa to the US. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom somewhat inexplicably lifted statewide stay-at-home orders… that decision received quick backlash given the dire state of the pandemic, especially in Southern California.
- Ice loss around the globe is accelerating at a record pace according to a new study, and is line with the worst case scenarios that scientists projected. We discuss Biden’s early efforts to counteract climate change, including rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, revoking the Keystone Pipeline permit, and more.
- And in headlines: Biden lifts Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the military, Amazon warehouse workers will vote on whether they want to unionize, and Rudy Giuliani faces a $1.3 billion lawsuit for Dominion defamation.