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The Economist (May 21)

2022/ 05/ 23 by jd in Global News

“By invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will destroy the lives of people far from the battlefield—and on a scale even he may regret. The war is battering a global food system.” Russia and Ukraine produce roughly 12% of all traded calories. If “the war drags on and supplies from Russia and Ukraine are limited, hundreds of millions more people could fall into poverty. Political unrest will spread, children will be stunted and people will starve.”


Time (April 26)

2022/ 04/ 28 by jd in Global News

The CDC found that “almost 60% of the U.S. population—and 75% of U.S. children—have evidence in their blood suggesting a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19…. By that estimate, most people in the U.S.—almost 200 million—have had COVID-19 as of February. That far exceeds the 80.8 million cases officially tallied by the CDC as of April 26.”


San Francisco Chronicle (January 25)

2022/ 01/ 27 by jd in Global News

“The start of the new year brought a familiar wave of distress for many Bay Area parents: Omicron infections were accelerating; preschools and child care centers were shutting their doors; adults saw their work regimens upended, their children cloistered and irritable.” But there is now a new worry. It’s hitting children harder. “The pervasive threat of omicron to children too young to be vaccinated has added a layer of anguish.”


PEW Research Center (November 19)

2021/ 11/ 21 by jd in Global News

U.S. fertility rates “were already at a record low before the pandemic began” and have continued dropping during it, “lending evidence to predictions… that economic uncertainty might trigger a baby bust.” The center’s recent survey shows even broader concerns. “A rising share of U.S. adults who are not already parents say they are unlikely to ever have children, and their reasons range from just not wanting to have kids to concerns about climate change and the environment.”


U.S. News & World Report (November 7)

2021/ 11/ 08 by jd in Global News

“With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning in person and making the classroom experience closer to what it once was.”


The Economist (September 4)

2021/ 09/ 06 by jd in Global News

“By the age of seven months, most children have learned that objects still exist even when they are out of sight.” Understanding object permanence “is a normal developmental milestone, as well as a basic tenet of reality. It is also something that self-driving cars do not have. And that is a problem.” Though autonomous vehicles “are getting better,” they still are unable to “understand the world in the way that a human being does. For a self-driving car, a bicycle that is momentarily hidden by a passing van is a bicycle that has ceased to exist.”


USA Today (July19)

2021/ 07/ 21 by jd in Global News

“A doubling of COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks suggests the USA has entered a fourth wave of the pandemic.” Deaths and hospitalization rates may stay lower than previous waves and instead of ravaging “entire communities,” this wave “is likely to target the unvaccinated, including children, and if rates are high enough, the most vulnerable of the vaccinated—the elderly and the immunocompromised.”


Institutional Investor (April 29)

2021/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

“One hundred days into Joe Biden’s presidency, his administration’s executive orders and agency actions have reinstated and advanced an environment that empowers sustainable investing…. All of this sets our children and grandchildren and wildlife up for a more secure future — but threats to sustainable investing remain.”


USA Today (March 16)

2021/ 03/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Millions of adults get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the USA each day, but trials are still underway to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in children.” There is optimism that the results of the trials for 12-15 year olds will be in prior to the start of the new school year in September.


Chicago Tribune (August 6)

2020/ 08/ 07 by jd in Global News

“As President Donald Trump has said, we must reopen America’s schools, and it can be done with 100% safety as long as children promise to patriotically not get the coronavirus…. Teachers and other adults who work in schools need to also not get the coronavirus…. It’s a bit selfish of the more than 150,000 people who refused to stay alive, because frankly, it’s making President Trump look terrible.” (On Wednesday, the Chicago Public Schools announced they will begin the school year remotely.)


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