teleSUR | 21 April, 2017
A CreditCards.com survey finds:
Two out of three Americans lose sleep at night thinking about their finances. Some 65% of those polled say they toss and turn in bed thanks to money worries, up from 62% the last two years and 56% from before the Financial Crisis 10 years ago.
The most common concern was the cost of health care and insurance, which kept 38% of participants awake into the night. Only 29% reported being worried about health care a year ago. The health care situation surrounding Obamacare and its Republican replacement seems have played a large role in shaping this unease.Read More »
Dow Chemical asked three high-ranking Trump administration officials to ignore government scientists’ studies on the environmental risks posed by a major class of pesticides, said an Associated Press report.
The AP had seen the letters that Dow sent to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior Wilbur Ross and Ryan Zinke, respectively, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt – a noted opponent of environmental regulations and climate change skeptic who has already moved to scrap Obama-era restrictions on certain pesticides.
Last month, Pruitt reversed his own agency’s proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to brain damage in children exposed to the pest-killer.Read More »
Should we tinker with the environment? Scientists are investigating whether releasing tons of particulates into the atmosphere might be good for the planet. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.
A report by Jon Gertner on April 18, 2017 in The New York Times Magazine said:
“For the past few years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special engines that allow them to fly safely around the stratosphere at an altitude of 70,000 feet, take off from a runway near the Equator. Their cargo includes thousands of pounds of a chemical compound – liquid sulfur, let’s suppose – that can be sprayed as a gas from the aircraft. It is not a one-time event; the flights take place throughout the year, dispersing a load that amounts to 25,000 tons. If things go right, the gas converts to an aerosol of particles that remain aloft and scatter sunlight for two years. The payoff? A slowing of the earth’s warming – for as long as the Gulfstream flights continue.Read More »