Five things that happened last week

Ben Ingall, Reporter

  1. Corpus Christi, Texas told its 324,000 residents this past week that they should avoid using tap water after an incident in the industrial district. The water is said to be contaminated from chemicals of a “backflow incident,” though the city has not released the name of the industry responsible.
  2. Donald Trump is back in the news with his attacks on the editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter. Carter was accused of insulting Trump when he was the editor of Spy magazine, and Trump is unable to let the old fight go.
  3. Trump continued to finalize his presidential cabinet this week, adding Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. All four of Trump’s highest cabinet positions are held by white males, and 12 total cabinet positions are held by white males. Ben Carson is the lone African-American on the Trump cabinet with Betsy Devos being one of two women.
  4. Morocco is helping lead the charge against climate change. After opening Africa’s largest wind farm in 2014, the country has since progressed and hosted the UN summit on climate change this past year. Morocco also has opened up the world’s largest centrated solar plant that year.
  5. According to reports, China installed new weapons on the seven artificial islands it has created in the South China Sea. The reports show anti-aircraft guns and systems to defend against cruise missiles. The installations are said to threaten China’s ties with the U.S. that are already rocky with the election of Donald Trump as well neighboring countries of China.