How Climate Change Could Trigger a Global Financial Crisis ; Did Russia Cover Up a Massive Radiation Leak? ; and More Picks 8/2

How Climate Change Could Trigger the Next Global Financial Crisis (Mili)

From the Atlantic: “The Federal Reserve should act aggressively to reduce that risk, a leading economic historian argues.”

Did Russia Cover Up a Radiation Leak 100 Times Worse Than Fukushima? (Mili)

The author writes, “A massive radiation leak, up to 100 times worse than the 2011 Fukushima power plant meltdown in Japan, plumed over Europe back in 2017. At the time, it was traced back to a Russian nuclear facility — but Russia denied any involvement. Now, new research confirms that the original hunch was correct, New Scientist reports. The study … concludes that the massive cloud of radiation came from Russia — and that the government’s alternative explanation that the leak came from a satellite burning up during re-entry was either a cover-up or grossly misinformed.”

Will the 2020 Democrats Reject Obama’s Immigration Legacy? (Celia)

From FiveThirtyEight: “The extent to which candidates embrace Obama-era immigration policies could emerge as an important dividing line.”

Guns Kill Loved Ones but Offer Little Self-Defense (Russ)

The author writes, “For every increase in gun ownership at 10% increments, domestic firearm homicide — specifically involving an intimate partner or other family member — goes up 13%, while non-domestic firearm homicide goes up just 2%.”

Is the Internet Killing Language? LOL, No. (Chris)

The author writes, “From words and acronyms to emoji and GIFs, people today have a wide range of tools in their arsenal to express online what they’re thinking and feeling. If you’re meeting a friend for happy hour, sending a GIF of Betty White swirling a glass of wine can often capture your excitement better than words can. Hate Mondays? Posting a meme of Grumpy Cat (RIP) can instantly relay your disdain. Those fluent in internet-speak can also play with punctuation, capitalization, even spacing to convey emotional nuance and tone of voice. Words can now be altogether replaced with emblems and icons, which helps explain the popularity of emoji and GIFs in our online conversations.”