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UN Climate Deal: Calamity Cash, but No New Emissions Cuts (Maria)

The author writes, “For the first time, the nations of the world decided to help pay for the damage an overheating world is inflicting on poor countries, but they finished marathon climate talks on Sunday without further addressing the root cause of those disasters — the burning of fossil fuels. The deal, gaveled around dawn in this Egyptian Red Sea resort city, established a fund for what negotiators call loss and damage.”

Maricopa County Chairman Moved to ‘Undisclosed Location’ for Safety After Midterm Elections (DonkeyHotey)

From Fox 10 Phoenix: “Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates has confirmed that he moved to an undisclosed location for his safety after security concerns connected to the 2022 midterm elections. Deputies from the sheriff’s office are also providing a security detail, officials said. Gates, a Republican and one of the leaders of the Maricopa County Elections Department, has been a fierce defender of the county’s election system and an outspoken critic of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.”

Abortion Battle Emerges in Midst of Georgia’s US Senate Runoff (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down constitutional protection for abortion in June, both political parties have wondered whether the decision would energize abortion rights supporters — particularly women — to vote or would it fade away as they worried about inflation and the economy. The midterm elections held earlier this month provided a partial answer. In Georgia, an Associated Press exit poll showed 7 out of 10 voters said abortion was either the single most important factor or an important factor in their vote. Only the economy ranked higher.”

Once COVID-19 Vaccines Were Introduced, More Republicans Died Than Democrats (Gerry)

From Yale Insights: “A new Yale study looks at excess deaths by partisan affiliation in two states during the pandemic. Once vaccines were introduced in the spring of 2021, Yale SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and his co-authors found, the rate of deaths among Republicans and Democrats began to diverge.”

America’s Unique, Enduring Gun Problem, Explained (Sean)

From Vox: “No other high-income country has suffered such a high death toll from gun violence. Every day, more than 110 Americans die at the end of a gun, including suicides and homicides, an average of 40,620 per year. Since 2009, there has been an annual average of 19 mass shootings, when defined as shootings in which at least four people are killed. The US gun homicide rate is as much as 26 times that of other high-income countries; its gun suicide rate is nearly 12 times higher.”

Extreme Heat Will Change Us (Mili)

The author writes, “We visited two cities already transformed by climate change — Kuwait City and Basra, Iraq — to document what billions may experience as human emissions warm the planet.”

Why I Hate Living in My Tiny House (Russ)

The author writes, “Small backyard houses get a lot of attention as a solution to the housing crisis, but it’s a different idea in theory than it is when you try to put it into practice.”


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