Evergreen Issues: Failing Grade for Trump, Arctic Melt Could Cause Atomic Mess and Women Need One More Degree Than Men

Every Tuesday we bring you issues that impact you as an outdoor loving woman. Whether it has to do with climate change or female empowerment, we scour the internet, including government bills, social media and local and national news, and deliver it to you – so you know.

1. Trump Gets Failing Grade

The League of Conservative Voters published its 2017 environmental scorecard. The first sentence of the scorecard should give you a hint at how the LCV thinks the President handled environmental issues in 2017:

“There’s no getting around it: at the federal level, 2017 was an unmitigated disaster for the environment and public health with President Trump and his Cabinet quickly becoming the most anti-environmental administration in our nation’s history.”

Official White House Photo by: Joyce N. Boghosian

Needless to say, the LCV gave President Trump an “F” concerning the topic for his first year in office. The LCV tracked voting records for certain topics such as protecting the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, Clean Water and Air Act protections and the confirmations of Trump appointees like Scott Pruitt. The Hill says, “A total of 46 Republican senators were given a score of 0 percent last year.” Lawmakers who were given high scores yield largely from the Democratic party. The LCV named some Democrats in particular, like New York’s Chuck Schumer, as the only bright spots for the environment in 2017.

2. Arctic Ice Melt Could Cause Atomic Mess

According to Atlas Obscura, Ice Worm” was the name of a Cold War mission to bury 600 nuclear missiles under the ice in Greenland. It was disguised as a research facility called Camp Century. Mother Jones says research teams and others actually dug into the ground. The ice and snow was so thick, there was no reason in some cases for actual buildings – the ice tunnels worked just fine.

Atlas Obscura says the camp was abandoned in 1967 and that, “the U.S. military assumed consistent snowfall and crushing glaciers would encase the research facility for all time,” including the buried missiles.

Nearly 60 years later, that ice is melting and uncovering a potentially atomic problem. From Mother Jones:

Overall, the researchers estimated that 20,000 liters of chemical waste remain at the Camp Century site, along with 24 million liters of “biological waste associated with untreated sewage.”

Once the ice melts, any waste, including radioactive waste, could disrupt the nearby environment. Environmentalists say this is a clear sign of global warming.

3. Mo’ Degrees but No Mo’ Money

Alright ladies, we still have some work to do. According to Money Magazine, women CAN earn the same as men, we just need one more degree to do it. Right now, women earn 92 cents for every dollar a man makes but Money Magazine says that women at all levels have held more degrees than men for quite some time.

The research comes from a wage gap study performed by Georgetown University, titled “Women can’t Win.” They put together this helpful infographic to better understand what we’re facing and why.