SCIENTIFIC LITERACY: “Bill Nye to CNN: ‘Knock Yourselves Out’ Over ‘Climate Change Denier’ Meteorologist Live on Air” ☮

The Science Guy himself Bill Nye was brought in to CNN’s New Day this morning to examine some of the devastating effects of the flooding in Louisiana that has left over 60,000 homes badly damaged.

“I don’t ave the answer to this,” he said of the crisis, “but it’s going to get worse. It’s certainly going to get worse,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Al Gore Warns of 3rd Party “Dangers”, Ignores Democrats’ Lack of Climate Action” / Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮

Al Gore understands just how dangerous 3rd party candidates can be in a tight election, but you can’t justify that by claiming the Democrats are any better on issues like climate change. There’s little indication that the Democrats currently in power – and the ones who could be in power in just a few months – have any real intentions of acting on climate change. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

PALEONTOLOGY: “Hunting for Dinosaurs Showed Me Our Place in the Universe” / Ted Talks / Kenneth Lacovara” ☮

What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus — a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a house and as heavy as a jumbo jet — and considers how amazingly improbable it is that a tiny mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world could evolve into a sentient being capable of understanding these magnificent creatures. Join him in a celebration of the Earth’s geological history and contemplate our place in deep time.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: “Nearly Half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Expected to Die in the Next Month” / RT America / Ed Shultz and Conservation Biologist Reese Halter ☮

An aerial survey shows that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is 95 percent bleached, and half of it is expected to die in the next month. Conservation biologist Reese Halter joins ‘News With Ed’ to explain what caused the die-off, how damaging it is for the planet and whether that damage is reversible.