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Daily Archives: September 9, 2021

Extreme Heat -The Economic and Social Consequences for the US

Report via The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center – The United States has historically faced periods of extreme heat, but climate change over the next 30 years could make these events more frequent, widespread, and severe. Under prevailing late-twentieth-century climate conditions, around 5 percent of the current population—roughly 16.5 million people—could expect to  experience 100+ days per year where the daily maximum temperature is above 90°F. Without concerted action to limit emissions, this could increase to around 30 percent of the population by 2050. Many more people face extreme heat in unusually warm years: the recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest provides stark evidence of how even relatively cool parts of the country can be exposed  to high-severity heat events. The economic and societal consequences of extreme heat are pervasive. Impacts encompass reductions in GDP, as workers and infrastructure systems become less  productive, as well as wider detrimental effects on well-being, as healthcare outcomes worsen and people are unable to access outdoor space. Impacts include transitory ones, from people enduring uncomfortable conditions and workers taking sick leave, and enduring losses, for example, due to interruptions to education or property damage from wildfires which can be more severe due to extreme heat’s effect on the environment. Tourism and other leisure activities are also affected as temperatures rise, making walking, shopping, and sightseeing uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. This paper quantifies some of the likely socioeconomic  impacts of heat in the United States under current and  possible future conditions. It provides new, quantitative evidence of the economic importance of heat for policy makers and investors and shows how impacts are disaggregated across regions, socioeconomic groups, and sectors of the economy…”

The Capitol Police Said Jan. 6 Unrest On Capitol Grounds Would Be “Highly Improbable”

BuzzFeedNews: “BuzzFeed News has exclusively obtained the permits Capitol Police issued for protests on Capitol grounds for Jan. 6 — a rare window into a secretive organization and its most consequential day. The chief of the Capitol Police and its top intelligence officer personally approved permits for six demonstrations to be held on Jan. 6,… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease Vaccination for Federal Employees

Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees: “…The health and safety of the Federal workforce, and the health and safety of members of the public with whom they interact, are foundational to the efficiency of the civil service. I have determined that ensuring the health and safety of the Federal workforce and… Continue Reading

How Twitter’s communities could bring context back

The Verge: “…Starting Wednesday, Twitter users can be invited to an initial batch of Communities that include #AstroTwitter, #DogTwitter, #SkincareTwitter, and #SoleFood (a group for sneaker enthusiasts). Once people join a Community, they can tweet directly to other members rather than to just their followers. Only members of a Community can like or reply to… Continue Reading

The Psychological Study of Smiling

Association for Psychological Science: “A smile begins in our sensory corridors. The earcollects a whispered word. The eyes spot an old friend on the station platform. The hand feels the pressure of another hand. This emotional data funnels to the brain, exciting the left anterior temporal region in particular, then smolders to the surface of… Continue Reading

Lowlights from the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession

RIPS Law Librarians – “The American Bar Association (ABA) recently published the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession which describes itself as a July 2021 “snapshot of the legal profession.” It contains 11 chapters on topics such as how the pandemic affected lawyers, legal education, lawyer well-being, legal technology and more. The report draws… Continue Reading