Weekly News Roundup March 31st-April 6th

Climate Change

Canada has imposed a carbon tax on four of its provinces. This is a great decision, especially given that Canada is warming at twice the global rate

Canada isn't the first country to impose a price on carbon, in fact, over 40 governments now have some sort of price on carbon. Coal use plummeted after Britain introduced a carbon tax in 2013, but most countries have seen more modest successes.

Here's an interesting read on how climate change is fueling the U.S. border crisis

The Rockefeller Foundation is ending a localized climate change initiative focused on building resiliency across 100 U.S. cities

Earth's carbon dioxide levels highest in 3 million years

Education

Education Department rejects nearly all applicants for a student loan forgiveness program

One of Kamala Harris' presidential campaign promises is to raise teacher salaries by over $13,000

Elderly

Dolphins living along the Florida coast appear to be suffering from a condition similar to Alzheimer's disease caused by toxins from common algae

Scientists have identified two rare genetic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease

People over 65 are more likely to be online targets for misinformation and hyperpartisan rhetoric

Human Rights

Three teenagers have been charged with hijacking a ship that rescued them but returned them to Libya. Italy's interior minister described the incident as an "act of piracy", but some aid groups called it an act of self-defence against Europe's immigration policies

Brunei has began implementing Sharia laws which would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality

The Mormon Church will now allow children of LGBT parents to be baptized

Mental Illness

A research group at the University of Basel has identified 30 genes associated with schizophrenia


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