Weekly News Roundup - April 29th-May 4th

Climate Change


Militaries from 29 countries will test whether energy efficient equipment can be easily integrated into their operations

Beto O’Rourke is the latest Democrat to make climate change central to his campaign which makes sense given that climate change action is a top issue for Democratic voters

Click here to read five ways for news outlets to cover the environment in ways that make voters listen

New research has confirmed that global warming has been influencing drought for a century

California is spending millions of dollars to help farmers grow plants which absorb carbon 


Mark Cornelison - University of Kentucky/AP

Doctors have outlined a new type of dementia that could be more common than Alzheimer's among older adults

Another article on this topic can be found here

Researchers performed the first comprehensive analysis of the genes altered in individual brain cells of patients with Alzheimer's disease, allowing them to identify the distinctive cellular pathways affected in neurons and other types of brain cells

Human Rights

Giorgio Ghiglione/Al Jazeera

In Italy, a controversial academy exists as a boot-camp style one-year program whose explicit purpose is to integrate migrants

Amazon, Taylor Swift, and the Tennessee Titans are urging lawmakers to reject two anti-LGBT bills advancing quickly in the state legislature

WWF Germany has been implicated in abuses against indigenous people in parks across the world


Mental Illness

Burger King

Burger King partnered with one of our mental illness charities, Mental Health America, to release "Real Meals" which let customers choose a box based on five different moods. While some people may see it as a marketing gimmick, it raises mental health awareness and normalizes moods other than happy, which are both good things in our book

Seventeen months after its FDA approval, Abilify MyCite, a medication combined with a tiny microchip which tells doctors if a patient is taking their medicine, is rarely being used. Doctors and insurance companies say it is a case in which real-world limitations, as well as costs, outweigh the innovations that the medical industry can produce

A recent study found that playing a specially designed video game could help identify the earliest stages of Alzheimer's in ways existing medical tests can't 

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