Can blind people order free at home Covid tests

News roundup for Tue, Jun 28, 2022

In short There’s a deadly meningococcal outbreak in Florida The Louisiana insurance market is collapsing, leaving thousands uninsured ahead of hurricane season The Rio Grande is predicted to dry up completely all the way to Albuquerque this summer Deadly meningococcal outbreak in Florida Affecting: Men who have sex with men, living in or traveling to

Are ocean carriers adding hidden fees

News roundup for Fri, Jun 24, 2022

In short The US Supreme Court struck down a New York law that restricted conceal carry Russia could cut off gas supplies to Europe completely this winter The US could still see temperatures in the 100s this week, mostly in the East and South Economy, gas, supply chain The Fed admits that the US faces

Are tourists dying in Death Valley unnecessarily

News roundup for Tue, Jun 21, 2022

In short Wall Street analysts say there’s a 40% chance the US will enter a recession in 2023 US gas prices fall below $5 a gallon New York is banning the sale of soft bullet-resistant vests Economy, supply chain, energy New prediction: Wall Street analysts say there’s a 40% chance the US will enter a

Have 2000 cattle die of heat

News roundup for Fri, Jun 17, 2022

In short: The US Federal Reserve, Bank of England, and Swiss National Bank all raised interest levels in extraordinary ways to counteract inflation Abbott’s baby formula factory closed again due to floods Thousands of cattle have died in Kansas due to heat stress Economy, food security The US Federal Reserve approved the biggest interest rate

Can lionfish skin be made into sustainable leather

News roundup for Tue, Jun 14, 2022

In short: There’s a salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens US inflation rose to new 40-year highs DHS warns of heightened extremist threat heading into the midterms Salmonella outbreak in backyard poultry across 38 US states: 200+ sick, one dead Salmonella is bacteria causing (severe) diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps for up to a week.

Are the Alps turning greener due to global warming

News roundup for Tue, Jun 07, 2022

In short: By 2030, almost half the global population will experience severe water stress CO2 levels in the atmosphere just reached the highest in human history There’s still a narrow chance that the US will avoid a hard recession Economy, food security, supply chain Every American is affected by inflation but in different ways. Consumers

Are European cities turning rooftops into community and sustainability hubs

News roundup for Fri, Jun 03, 2022

In short: June is officially the start of the North Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane season A hepatitis A outbreak is linked to fresh organic strawberries from FreshKampo or HEB Southern California started rationing water Climate change is making fresh water saltier Atlantic hurricane season Hurricanes have a few days warning before making landfall, making

Are there an unusually high number of sandstorms in the Middle East

News roundup for Fri, May 27, 2022

(Editor’s note: I’m going to take a break on Memorial Day so there will be no news roundup published on Tuesday. I’ll resume the next Friday, June 3. Enjoy your weekend folks 🙂) In short Russia offered to stop a maritime blockade preventing grain exports in exchange for sanction relief ExxonMobil is going to trial

Do Mangalitza pigs fight off bears

News roundup for Fri, May 20, 2022

In short: This hurricane season could be as bad as in 2005 with Katrina. Gas inventories are low and prices could reach $6 by end of summer. Biden invoked the Defence Production Act to address the baby formula shortage. The FDA authorized Pfizer’s booster shots for children 5-11. More free tests from the CDC. Switzerland

Is there an invasion of jumping worms and are they bad

News roundup for Tue, May 17, 2022

Hot weather caused a blackout in Texas. California and the Midwest will also struggle this summer Record temperatures (i.e. too hot, too early–can you see the pattern yet?) in the 90s and 100s caused six Texas power plants to trip offline, which resulted in 2,900 MW lost. FYI one megawatt of electricity is enough to

Has a passenger with no flying experience landed a plane

News roundup for Fri, May 13, 2022

US Economy States are proposing tax cuts and rebates to help people cope with high prices. Unfortunately, these strategies could make inflation even worse (i.e. people have more money? They will spend more, keeping the economy ‘hot’.) The Fed ultimately hopes for a ‘soft landing’ for the US economy, but history suggests it won’t be

Is tidal is one of the most predictable sources of renewable energy

News roundup for Tue, May 10, 2022

Economy, energy, and supply chain Recession fears are rising: “Recession risks are low now but elevated in 2023 as inflation could force the Fed to hike until it hurts”, said a global economist at Bank of America. Bill Gates said that there’s a “strong argument” we’re about to see a global economic slowdown, and other

Are children under 5 more likely to experience malnutrion now

News roundup for Fri, May 06, 2022

Economy The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by half a point, the biggest rate hike since the 2000s. The Fed tries to keep inflation at about 2%, but post-pandemic spending and government stimulus caused inflation to hit 8.5% this past March. By raising interest rates, the cost of loans, credit cards, mortgages, etc will go