Weekly News Roundup - April 7th-13th

Climate Change

Sam McNeil / Associated Press

Not good: glaciers are melting much faster than scientists previously thought

Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and BHP have invested in Carbon Engineering, a start-up developing technology to take carbon out of the atmosphere

Governor of Washington Jay Inslee insists that climate change isn't a niche issue, rather it is the issue that ties together everything voters care about

Here are 7 of the best Ted Talks about climate change

Real estate firms are pouring significant resources into calculating climate risk and its likely effect on property portfolios — everything from increasingly extreme weather to a rise in sea levels

Over 4,000 Amazon employees signed an open letter calling for Amazon to transition away from fossil fuels, advocate for policies that reduce carbon emissions, and to prioritize "climate impact" when making business decisions
A second article with more details about the letter can be found here


Howard Lipin

California state lawmakers are considering banning Teach for America members from teaching in their most impoverished schools

The second season of the HBO late-night show Problem Areas will focus on the educational system in the U.S. Topics examined include disproportionate access to quality education depending on class and race, teacher pay, and school-provided lunches

DeVos did in fact have the authority to block states from using federal grants to buy guns for school, even though she claimed otherwise


Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/Science Source

Most people with dementia have a number of brain abnormalities, not just Alzheimer’s disease. The finding is forcing scientists to rethink the search for treatments

Clinical trials show that anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aleve do not protect against Alzheimer's disease

New research suggests that gum disease may play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease

Scientists test whether brain stimulation could help sharpen aging memory.. but don't try this at home

Click here to read about 8 sleep habits that can raise your risk of Alzheimer's disease

Human Rights


Saudi Arabia has detained at least seven writers and bloggers who have discussed reforms within the country. Among the detained are dual Saudi-US citizens and a pregnant woman

Saudi Arabia executed a Nigerian woman over drug-charges earlier this week. The Nigerian government says that the case was veiled in secrecy and that they were informed of the outcome only after the execution took place

Greek police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse refugees and migrants

Trump prepares to welcome Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for the second time at the White House next week. The meeting is shrouded in controversy due to the Egyptian regime's human rights record

Princess Eugenie and U.S. anti-trafficking Ambassador John Richmond believe that technology has a key role to play in keeping up to speed with major criminal networks and tackling human trafficking

Mental Illness

Kevin Link/Science Source

Ketamine relieves depression quickly and the effects are long lasting. Now scientists have found hints about how ketamine works in the brain

Adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder are more likely to contract an STI than those who do not have bipolar disorder

It seems like religiosity/spirituality may confer resilience to the development/recurrence of depressive episodes

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