Ivanka Trump's most talked about controversies of 2017

While President Trump normally gets the internet buzzing with eyebrow-raising comments and quick-response tweets, first daughter, Ivanka Trump, has also had her fair share of controversies in 2017.

She garnered criticism earlier this year for staying silent over her father’s “anti-women” actions and for failing to successfully advocate for policies that may bring change to issues such as closing the gender wage gap and women’s health. One of those critics was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

When asked if Ivanka Trump should be held responsible for her father’s actions, the former secretary of state claimed that everyone “associated” with President Trump should be held accountable and if they weren’t on-board with his views and policies, they should be “speaking out.”

Trump appeared to respond to all of these allegations by suggesting that it is not her White House role to steer her father in a specific political direction and told the Financial Times that people have “created unrealistic expectations” of her and her job in Washington. 

And although Ivanka Trump remained mostly silent on these issues, she did create some buzz surrounding Alabama Senate nominee, Roy Moore. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, the first daughter said there was “a special place in hell for people who prey on children” after allegations surfaced that Moore sexually abused multiple teenage girls.

Her comments drew criticism from far-right media outlet Breitbart, with its editor-in-chief claiming she should stay quiet, given the accusations against her own father. 

Check out more controversies the first daughter had in 2017 below:

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Photos From The South Asian Flood That Left 1200 People Dead But No One Talked About

Millions of people in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal have been displaced.

Credit: Aminul Sawon

To point out that mainstream media and Western news sources often blackout whole subjects or ignore certain events is not surprising or new information, and yet it’s shocking every time it happens with something huge. That ‘something huge’ this time is a devastating flood that wreaked havoc on South Asian nations at the same time that Hurricane Harvey destroyed everything in its path in parts of Texas and Louisiana. The flooding in South Asia, however, has proved to be much deadlier and yielded little to no media coverage.

The victims of Tropical Storm Harvey has been estimated at about 60 as the cleanup continues following the devastating flooding, and the U.S. news has been fraught with updates about rescues and the water levels. While Harvey was a result of a hurricane that hit southeast Texas, the flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh was caused by monsoons that are common during this time of year but reached record levels. So far, the death toll in these nations has reached over 1200.

Photos from the regions affected by the horrible flooding have surfaced and it’s truly heartbreaking. On top of the many deaths, millions have been left homeless as their homes have been covered in water and countless animals have died. International aid agencies and the government have been stepping in to offer help, provide food and water, and find shelter, but resources are running thin and they can always use more donations. If you would like to help these people regain their footing as the flooding subsides, you can make a donation to GlobalGiving here.

Scroll through the photos below to see the effects of mother nature on these nations.

Credit: Uttam Saikia

Credit: Biju Boro

Credit: Anuwar Hazarika

Credit: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

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Creating Equilibrium: What if environmentalists and the tech-crowd actually talked to each other?

As the climate crisis continues unfolding, some would have us dive full tilt into futuristic (and potentially dangerous) geoengineering solutions. Others believe our future lies in simpler living, homemade clothes and backyard farming.

That’s an oversimplification. But it’s certainly true to say that our own personal biases, backgrounds and expertise will color how we think about climate change, and this can lead to diverging (and often contradictory or even conflicting) approaches to solving it. (It also often leads to heated and polarized debates in the comments section of TreeHugger, I should note…)

Sadly, we don’t have time for that. Dubbed Creating Equilibrium, an upcoming conference and festival on the shores of Lake Tahoe aims to solve this problem, bringing leading thinkers from the environmental movement, the tech sector, government and business together to listen to each other, learn from each other, and explore innovative solutions in real time before live audiences. Speakers include environmentalist Dr David Suzuki, race car driver Leilani Münter, IBM Master Inventor Neil Sahota, YouTube star Prince Ea and conservation biologist and MacArthur Genius Grant Winner Patricia Wright.

The focus of the inaugural year conference will be biodiversity, and the event will aim to identify 3 to 5 broad solutions to our biodiversity crisis. Following the conference, those solutions will then be opened up for submissions from companies who can deliver on them—with winning bids receiving between $25k-$100k of initial investment, and becoming part of EQ Ventures accelerator and incubator.

“World-class minds + a radical innovation protocol & kickass rock ‘n roll,” is how the conference website introduces itself. And indeed, the weekend festivities will be accompanied by a concert from Secret Stash, a supergroup featuring members of the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Fun. and Godsmack. There will also be three days of music, art and speakers at what’s known as The Village Green Festival, exploring various aspects of the environmental crises we face.

Full disclosure: Steven Kotler—New York Times bestselling author, Pulitzer nominee and Creating Equilibrium co-founder—is a friend and former collaborator of mine. Steven has spent years exploring the topics of sustainability from often novel and unexpected angles, including Small Furry Prayer—which explored the biodiversity crisis through Stephen’s own experiences with dog rescue and living with dogs—to Abundance—a collaboration with X Prize founder Peter H. Diamandis which body declared that the “future is better than you think”. If anyone can bring together the worlds of techno-optimism and deep green environmentalism, I think Steven might be the chap to do it.

When we talked on the phone last week about this project, Steven was open about his thinking for launching it:

“Technologists and environmentalists don’t talk to each other. And when you don’t talk to each other, you don’t understand each other. It drives me crazy. So I wanted to get people from all walks of life, with different sets of expertise, together to go through an extremely concentrated innovation process and really surround the problem from all sides.”

I can only hope he succeeds. Tickets for Creating Equilibrium, the Village Festival and the Secret Stash concert are all available online. If you make it there, please report back on what you learn.

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