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"Former CDC director Tom Frieden, who oversaw the U.S. response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the 2014 Ebola epidemic and the 2016 Zika epidemic, says that in a worst-case scenario, but one that is not implausible, half the U.S. population would become infected and more than 1 million people would die."

Wash your hands and stay away from crowds if you can.

The surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources -- and what happens next.

"The composting practice is extremely personally satisfying to me, despite the fact that — as mentioned initially — I have no idea how it works, biologically speaking. The satisfaction is due to a life motto — devised with my colleague Amelia Urry — that applies to so many eco-friendly lifestyle choices:

“Sometimes, you have to be a weirdo.”

It is pretty weird to take joy in putting onion skins in a can, and then depositing the contents of that can into a larger receptacle! But the utility in knowing you’re sending those onion skins to some more productive life than a landfill is extremely gratifying."

I firmly believe that moving the masses away from foods that harm both the climate and animals requires making better, rather than merely more ethical, products.

I find Oatmilk, and Oatly specifically, to be one of these products. It doesn't taste or feel like it's trying to be a milk replacement. It's its own thing and is particularly good in coffee drinks, foaming up better and more quickly than just about anything else, and tasking quite good in the end result. It even has a natural sweetness that can lead some, but not all, folks to leave sugar out of their coffee.

It's also pretty darn good with a chocolate chip cookie.

“it takes more than 100 times the energy to manufacture an alkaline battery than is available during its use phase.” And when the entirety of a battery’s emissions are added up — including sourcing, production, and shipping — its greenhouse gas emissions are 30 times that of the average coal-fired power plant, per watt-hour.

All of which is to say: An appliance powered by an alkaline battery consumes more carbon than an appliance that’s plugged into an electrical outlet, according to the study.

"This dramatic shift towards bigger and heavier cars has led to a doubling of the share of SUVs over the last decade. As a result, there are now over 200 million SUVs around the world, up from about 35 million in 2010, accounting for 60% of the increase in the global car fleet since 2010. Around 40% of annual car sales today are SUVs, compared with less than 20% a decade ago."

And it's not just America.

Regulation is necessary and while I can see it coming into play in Europe, it's hard to imagine it coming to the U.S. Although, perhaps strong incentives for efficient vehicles could perhaps help.