Published:  12:06 AM, 16 May 2019

Worldwide waffling (16.05.2019)

Worldwide waffling (16.05.2019)

John Bolton, the incoming national security adviser, will have the ear of Donald Trump at a perilously fraught moment in world affairs. A notorious hawk who advocates the unilateral wielding of US might, Bolton is dismissive of international diplomacy, and has called for the bombing of both Iran and North Korea. The departure of HR McMaster, who was credited by some as being a moderating force on the president, and his replacement by one of the most aggressive thinkers in the world of US foreign policy, will spread fear in diplomatic circles that the Trump administration could be poised to take a dramatic hawkish turn.

The No 1 issue for Australians during this 2019 election campaign is climate change. Polling by foreign policy think-tank Lowy found the majority of Australians believe global warming is a critical threat. From a list of 12 threats to Australia's national interests, more than 60% of adults rank climate change as No 1. This is up 18 points since their survey in 2014. Reporting on climate change is a priority for the Guardian globally. We give these stories the prominence they deserve, stories which often go unreported by others in the mainstream media.

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