▪ The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere surged to an 800,000- year high in 2016, the World Meteorological Organization said. Concentrations of the greenhouse gas averaged 403.3 parts per million, up from 400 ppm a year earlier and 280 ppm before the Industrial Revolution. The last time Earth had a comparable concentration, the planet was 3 degrees Celsius warmer and sea levels were 20 meters higher than now.
▪ The National Park Service has proposed more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to pay for infrastructure improvements. Under the agency’s proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70 during peak season from its current rate of $25 to $30.
▪ Global wine production is expected to fall 8 percent from last year and hit a 50-year low for amount of wine produced The International Organization of Vine and Wine blamed the decline on extreme weather in Italy, France, and Spain—the world’s top three producers.
▪ Out of 26 total TV interviews President Trump has done since his inauguration, 18 were with Fox News and its affiliates. He’s given three to the Christian broadcast networks, and none to CNN.