- Various policies regarding taxing/pricing/selling carbon emissions have failed miserably in the past. But after the grim IPCC report, the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael, and the recent Nobel Prize award on climate change and economics, could this finally become a reality?
- Water temperatures in the northern Gulf of Mexico were 3-5 degrees warmer than normal as Hurricane Michael made landfall, meaning that climate change definitely made it stronger.
- There were a lot of articles about the IPCC report that came out last week, but the main takeaway is that we must cut carbon emissions as much as possible, as fast as possible.
- New companies are creating various carbon-capturing technologies. Unfortunately, they are still too small and too expensive to be considered a viable solution to the climate crisis.
- Since politicians (and Supreme Court Justices) really love their beer, perhaps this news will finally get them moving on climate change.
- The COO of Blackstone made $23 million in charitable contributions last year, with much of that going towards educational nonprofits.
Elderly and Aging
- We already know that exercise may help to prevent Alzheimer's, but new research is showing that it could be used to treat it, too.
- There's lots of talk about the negative effects of an aging population, but environmental scientists argue that societies should instead embrace an aging population and overall decrease in size.
- The details of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi are slowly coming to light, but Trump doesn't seem too concerned. In his "reluctance to scuttle the arms deal (he) is telegraphing to authoritarian regimes that they can buy a pass on repressive, brutal measures without incurring consequences." Even Marco Rubio thinks this is a mistake.
- No one is happy with the recent election of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Philippines won another term despite the horrific human rights violations occurring in the country - some 12,000 extrajudicial killings have occurred since Duterte's "war on drugs" began two years ago. One of our featured charities, Human Rights Watch, thinks this election undermines the entire purpose of the council. Other new additions include Bahrain and Cameroon.
Serious Mental Illness
- If you've read our serious mental illness portfolio, you know that all too often, people living with a serious mental illness are more likely to be in jail than they are to be in treatment. This blog post explains how a misdemeanor jail diversion program is reducing incarceration rates among those living with a mental illness.
- Another common topic in our serious mental illness portfolio is that of stigma, and how it keeps people from getting the care that they need. This blog post, written by a woman who has bipolar disorder, talks about the stigma of "attention seeking" in mental illness, and reminds us all to have a little more compassion for people who are struggling.
- I lost my brother to suicide, but he had long suffered from schizophrenia. It is a highly misunderstood disease, but this article does a good job explaining the realities and misconceptions of the disease. RIP Eliott.
- New research suggests that screening for insomnia should be enhanced in order to prevent suicide.