Weekly News Roundup - January 6th-12th

Climate Change

Bad news - US carbon emissions surged in 2018

More bad news - global disasters cost $160 billion in 2018

Even more bad news - oceans were the warmest on record in 2018

A Guardian calculation found that global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years

One in four natural World Heritage sites is highly threatened by climate change

On Monday, The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the attorney general of Massachusetts to obtain records from Exxon Mobil Corp to probe whether the oil company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change

So-called "right to repair" laws will force manufactures to make goods that last longer and are easier to mend, leading to less waste and therefore less emissions.


A new study suggests that Alzheimer's disease may develop differently in African-Americans. The brains of African–Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s have less buildup of a protein called tau—one of the two hallmark proteins that characterize the disease

Last week, President Trump signed into law the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, a measure aimed at building a public health model to fight Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Human Rights

Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that tens of thousands of asylum seekers would be returned to Mexico while their cases are considered, something activists say would push conditions past a breaking point

The US has halted its cooperation with the UN on potential human rights violations occurring inside America. The state department hasn't responded to a formal query since May 2018

Crime trends in counties that experienced large drops in refugee arrivals were statistically indistinguishable from crime trends elsewhere

Mental Illness

Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimers, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure

A new study has found that babies with low vitamin D levels had a 44% greater risk of having schizophrenia later in life

Chicago's Cook County Jail is one of the biggest mental health care providers in the country. Click here to learn about their programs and see inside. 

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