A&S In The News – June 25-July 1

  1. Australia Banned the Deadliest Guns 20 Years Ago and Hasn’t Seen a Fatal Mass Shooting Since
    The Science Explorer – June 27
    Why can’t we? No matter what side of the gun debate you are on, there are some statistics that are worth taking a look at. First, according to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama, it is no coincidence that the countries with the most guns per person are also the places where the most mass shooting incidents happen. According to a 2015 Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. has more mass shootings than any other country in addition to the most guns per person – 89 per 100 – as of a 2011 Small Arms Survey.
  2. UA Political Science professor talks about effects of BREXIT
    WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – June 24
    The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has created a lot of speculation. Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in support of the United Kingdom staying in the EU, said today he would be stepping down. This has analysts wondering what other effects the decision could have on the UK and the world. While most people are worried about the future of the markets, UA Political Science Professor George Hawley says there is a much larger question at hand. “The more interesting question is whether we will see a renewed effort for Scottish independence as a result. Scotland was one of the regions that voted to stay.”
  3. Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own UN seats
    Public Now – June 30
    The world has global authorities for trade and security, but not for threats to the environment. It’s time the natural world got its own seat at the UN, write Anthony Burke and Stefanie Fishel. OPINION: Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-meter sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2℃ are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis? (Anthony Burke, Associate Professor of International & Political Studies, UNSW; Stefanie Fishel is Assistant Professor, University of Alabama.)