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The True Costs (and Benefitlessness) of a Trump Economy

by Daniel Brouse Economist, Pi Gamma Mu, Fiscally Conservative Republican since 1980 January 23, 2020 What are the costs and benefits to the United States under a Trump economy? Financial Analysis: Current State of Affairs First, start with a financial analysis a snapshot of the current economic health of the nation. What would a []

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Wawa Data Breach

In December of 2019, Wawa admitted to a security breach that affected 30 million consumers. The credit card and debit card transactions in their stores, as well as, their gas pumps had been stolen for many months. Wawa is a privately owned company which makes it difficult to determine their sales and security. It is []

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Sea-level Rise: Not Just for the Coasts Anymore

Their results suggest that coastal regions will be far from the only ones affected by sea-level rise. A huge number of counties far from the coast-some deep in the US interior-will see dramatic changes in the number of people relocating there. ARS Technica reports, As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be []

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Acid Reflux Making Crabs Crabby

The level of CO2 is increasing due to human activity. A percentage of the CO2 is absorbed into the ocean. Increased CO2 increases the acidity. CNN reports, The Pacific Ocean is so acidic that it‘s dissolving Dungeness crabs‘ shells. The Pacific Ocean is becoming more acidic, and the cash-crabs that live in its coastal waters []

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Worst Economy Ever: United States Financial Health in 2020 Hindsight

by Daniel Brouse Economist, Pi Gamma Mu January 22, 2020 The U.S. economy is the worst in history. There are several measures for the health of an economy. One of the best is the debt to GDP ratio. National debt divided by the nation‘s gross domestic product = debt to GDP ratio. During 2019, the []

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Bittle at the Baffler on Floods and Sea Level Impacts in the USA

Bittle at the Baffler on flood and sea level impacts in the USA: a neighborhood that feels more like an unclaimed frontier than a subdivision in one of the nation‘s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Dogs run free across acres of empty land, the sound of a falling acorn echoes for blocks Funded by the federal government, []

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Sea Level Rise and Real Estate in Florida

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Your Florida coastal home could lose 15% of its value by 2030 due to sea rise Increasing sea rise is going to water down the value of some of the most coveted and expensive real estate in Florida, and insurance rates will go up too. That‘s the conclusion of []

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Netherlands Double Whammy

Molly Quell reports: Blowing in the Wind: Why the Netherlands Is Sinking Over the centuries, windmills built to drain peatland for agriculture have been causing the ground to steadily sink. This subsidence means that in a low-lying nation famous for engineering its way around rising seas, the ground is also sinking lower, creating huge problems []

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Climate Change Refugees Seeking Asylum

A United Nations panel has ruled refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries: [CNN Report: Climate refugees cannot be sent back home, United Nations rules in landmark decision] Factual background 2.1 The author claims that the effects of climate change and sea level rise []

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Climate Change and Disaster Displacement

The UN Refugee Agency reports: Research indicates that the Earth‘s climate is changing at a rate that has exceeded most scientific forecasts. Some families and communities have already started to suffer from disasters and the consequences of climate change, which has forced them to leave their homes in search of a new beginning. UNHCR recognizes []

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Air Pollution And Asthma

Air Quality News reports, Air pollution responsible for half of childhood asthma cases in Barcelona Air pollution is responsible for nearly half of all childhood asthma cases in Barcelona, according to research published by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal). Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, and although it is known to []

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Assessing Climate Risk

The LA Times reports,The municipal bond market looks to satellites to help assess climate risk The 3.8-trillion municipal-bond market has found a new tool in its effort to understand the effects of climate change: satellites orbiting Earth. Assessing climate risks is a particularly vexing problem given that U.S. state and local governments tend to give []

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New Jersey Requires Climate Change Risk Analysis for Building Permits

The New York Times reports, With 130-Mile Coast, New Jersey Marks a First in Climate Change Fight New Jersey will become the first state to require that builders take into account the impact of climate change, including rising sea levels, in order to win government approval for projects, Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced on Monday. []

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COVID-19 and Air Pollution

by Daniel Brouse March 25, 2020 Email: help@membrane.com COVID-19 and the US Population Under the age 50 Abstract: Many compromised respiratory and immune systems are a result of air pollution. COVID-19 is having a larger impact on the population under the age of 50 in the United States due to underlying compromised respiratory and immune []

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How do Websites Know what Device I‘m Logged in with?

I asked: how do Amazon and some of these banks know what device I‘m logged in with? Is it strictly cookies? or MAC address, too? or? Sidd replied: heehee, are you running an app or your web browser ? windows or phone ? There are a million ways, there is a GUID associated with your []

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Bark Beetles Killing Sequoias

The Guardian Reports: Beetles and fire kill dozens of indestructible‘ giant sequoia trees Deadly interaction between insects, drought and fire damage have forced California‘s park officials to trigger climate crisis plans intended for the 2050s ‘This is not how sequoias die. It‘s supposed to stand for another 500 years‘ Giant sequoia trees, the largest living []

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Need to Prepare for Millions of Climate Change Refugees

World needs to prepare for millions‘ of climate displaced: U.N. January 21, 2020 Reuters reported: DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The world needs to prepare for millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo []

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Coastal Real Estate and Rising Sea Level

Rapidly rising sea level and the future of our coasts A new report by Climate Central presents the potential impacts due to flooding from projected sea-level rise on coastal communities around the world. This is based on its new digital elevation model called Portfolio Analysis Tool (PAT). The results are useful for planning, but even []

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Vulnerability in the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists just discovered a massive new vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet Scientists have found a new point of major vulnerability in the Antarctic ice sheet, in a region that already appears to be changing as the climate warms and has the potential to raise sea levels by nearly five feet over the long term. []

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