Good afternoon ... Have you lost those turkey pounds yet?
1 big thing: The Black Friday climate report
The Trump administration didn't interfere with the content of today's grim report about the damage we're already seeing from climate change. It just released the report in a way that will draw the least attention possible: by putting it out on Black Friday.
- That's a good way to minimize the impact of a science-heavy report that clashes with President Trump's attitude toward climate change, writes Axios science editor Andrew Freedman.
- Today's report is the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a congressional mandated report.
- In contrast to the first volume, released in November 2017, this one contains more information specific to vital U.S. economic sectors, regions and national interests.
- The report warns of "hundreds of billions of dollars" in annual losses to some economic sectors without scaled up actions to adapt to current changes and slash emissions to avoid future warming.
- At times, the report reads like a point-by-point rebuttal to Trump's climate change statements and policies, including his multiple claims that forest mismanagement is the reason why such devastating wildfires have occurred in the West.
- The report's chapter on the Southwest, for example, cites evidence showing that the area burned during the past several decades "was more closely related to climate factors than to fire suppression, local fire management, or other non-climate factors."
Between the lines: Andrew notes that on a press call this afternoon, reporter after reporter pressed the Trump administration on who decided the timing of the release and when. Their responses — the scientists stayed silent, and let a spokesperson handle the answers — suggested the timing was out of the scientists' hands.
The bottom line, per the climate report: Lives and property are already at risk in the U.S. due to climate change.
2. What you missed
- Jerome Corsi, an associate of President Trump and conservative operative Roger Stone, is in plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reports. What it could mean.
- Crude oil prices fell to their lowest levels in over a year on Friday, putting a focus on the Dec. 6-7 OPEC meeting and possible output cuts. What to watch.
- Drone regulations are being held up by the Federal Aviation Administration, hampering the industry's ability to grow, per the WSJ. Why it's happening.
- Even in a smartphone-driven world in which content is individually personalized, media and tech companies are still trying to figure out how to win over households, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
- NASA's Mars InSight lander is preparing for a risky landing on Mars on Monday afternoon, at about 3 pm Eastern time, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.
3. 1 recycle thing
Now that we're heading into holiday gift season, it's going to be a lot harder to recycle this year's gift boxes. USA Today reports.
- Why? Because China has gotten way more strict about what recyclable materials it will accept for processing.
- "China's decision left recyclers without a market, causing recyclables to pile up and prices to plummet. Their value fell by about half from pre-crisis levels, making it much more expensive to recycle glass, plastic and paper, according to Waste Management, the trash-hauling giant that bills itself as the nation's largest residential recycler ... "
- "After years of conditioning Americans to throw all their reusable containers and paper in bins, cities across the U.S. are now imposing higher collection fees, eliminating items they are willing to pick up, or in a few cases, weighing whether to curtail recycling altogether."
Go deeper: America has a recycling problem — and China is making it worse (Axios Video)