Weekly News Roundup - March 24th-31st

Climate Change

Copenhagen aims to be net carbon neutral by 2025. Click here to see how they plan on achieving it

Perhaps you heard that an important glacier in Greenland is growing instead of shrinking. Climate skeptics have tried to use this as proof that global warming isn't real - but NASA says this is just a temporary event for the glacier, and it will likely begin to recede again

Maybe you shouldn't bloom where your planted. Read the stories of seven individuals who grew up around fossil fuels but now work in renewables

The BBC will premier a 60-minute documentary titled Climate Change: The Facts this spring


U.S. cities and states are expanding the standard of free public education to include prekindergarten and two years of community college

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to cut Special Olympics funding by over $15 million while pumping more than $60 million into charter schools
Luckily, it's not likely to happen


After the latest anti-amyloid drug failure, scientists are beginning to seek a new direction for the treatment or cure for Alzheimer's

It's not just investors and scientists who are disappointed by these recent failures. Click here to read the heartbreaking story of one of the Biogen trial's participants

Not all hope is lost, however. Eisai has begun phase 3 clinical trials of Alzheimer's treatment BAN2401. Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, and Lilly also have more than one Alzheimer's drug in the pipeline

Human Rights

Border Patrol sends asylum seekers back to Mexico without required screening

Thirty-six countries have released a joint statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning Saudi Arabia for its arrests and arbitrary detentions of human rights defenders, the suppression of free speech under the guise of anti-terrorism laws, and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast 

Mental Illness

Over 1400 mental health apps exist on Google Play and iTunes, but most don't have any scientific evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their promises

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's mental health initiative, ThriveNYC, has been less sweeping than envisioned with nearly a third of the budget not yet spent and very few concrete results identified

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