Sunday, September 19, 2021

Global Coral Coverage Down by Half Since the 1950s

Coral reefs worldwide are facing impacts from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution.

Links 9/19/2021

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A Football World Cup Every Two Years? An Expert Runs the Numbers

FIFA has floated a proposal to hold the football World Cup every two years rather than every four. Will the overall effect be a positive one for Fifa’s income?

Links 9/18/2021

Covax Misses its 2021 Delivery Target – What’s Gone Wrong in the Fight Against Vaccine Nationalism?

The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination in low-income countries looks unlikely.

US Urged to End Drone Strikes After Pentagon Says Killing 10 Afghan Civilians Was ‘Horrible Mistake’

“That was not a ‘mistake,'” said journalist Anand Giridharadas. “War crimes are not oopsies.”

Musical Interlude: Fathers and Sons

Rick Beato; Bruce Springsteen

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/17/2021

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Spanish Government Infuriates Energy Giants By Making Them Pay for Soaring Electricity Prices

In retaliation, the energy companies have even threatened to shut down nuclear plants, which would decimate Spain’s energy supplies. 

Links 9/17/2021

The Symptoms Show American Culture Is Transitioning into a Violent Oligarchy

We are witnessing today in America the symptoms of a culture going through the early stages of transition from pluralistic democracy to violent oligarchy.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/16/2021

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Sports Desk: Top College Athletes Strike Endorsement Deals; Meanwhile, the NCAA Seeks to Influence Pending Federal Legislation

The NCAA has changed its rules so that student-athletes can profit from commercial endorsement deals that use their names, images, and likenesses.

Links 9/16/2021

New York Bans Sale of Fossil Fuel Vehicles From 2034 Onward

New York follows California to become the second state to set a firm deadline for phasing out fossil fuel powered vehicles.