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Welcome to the week!

For those of you in the US and Canada, I hope you’re staying safe and warm through this polar vortex.

Grab a warm beverage, and let’s catch up on the news.

This week:

  • 🏠️Insurance correction risks

  • 🧠Early Parkinson’s detection

  • 🚱Drought, drought, and more drought

  • 🤖 Robot teachers

  • And more

Have a great week,

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⚡️ Climate change:

  • Since YouTube banned the monetization of climate denial on the platform, creators are shifting to “new denial” strategies that include attacks on solutions and even claim global warming will be beneficial. Stay vigilant, folks

  • New data indicates that Greenland, already known to be shrinking, is losing 20% more ice than previously thought

  • Home insurance shocks are hitting the housing market hard, with insurers pulling out of markets already at increased risk of fire, flooding, and wind. Check out how at risk your home is for “insurance correction” with this analysis

  • Hedge funds bet on insurance-linked securities related to natural disasters in 2023 to generate huge returns

  • Emissions have continued to climb, but as the world transitions to renewables and EVs, global emissions could peak very soon

🦠 Health & Bio:

  • A huge breakthrough in Parkinson’s disease research means that we can now reliably detect signs of the disease (and other brain diseases) and start treating patients much earlier.

  • Inequality drives preventable mortality and illness among minorities, and these outcomes are getting worse

  • Uganda’s extremely harsh anti-LGBTQ law will likely cause a resurgence in the HIV epidemic as patients are denied or are afraid to seek out medical care

  • A bipartisan deal to expand access to the child tax credit could pass this month (call your reps!) and would be particularly beneficial for low-income families.

  • Drug prices in the US are significantly higher than in other wealthy countries. Here are 6 reasons why

💦 Food & Water:

  • A quarter of humanity (almost 2 billion people) were living under drought in 2022 and 2023, a crisis exacerbated by war and climate change

  • This includes people in California, where questions about the state’s ability to manage its water are being raised after growers were able to drain a river undetected for months

  • Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to cut back on meat? Vox’s free Meat/Less newsletter will help you get more plant-based foods on your plate

  • The future of cooking is on an induction stove, and maybe even one that runs on batteries, mitigating the need for electrical upgrades

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