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Hoe in Bristol de antiracistische beeldenstorm begon

In Engeland halen woedende demonstranten standbeelden neer van ‘foute figuren’ uit de koloniale tijd. In Bristol, gebouwd met geld van slavenhandelaren, is er kritiek op de actie, maar ook bijval. ‘We zien de statige panden, niet het bloed dat als onzichtbaar cement heeft gediend.’
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Georgia shop blasted for ‘racist’ promotion that waived fee for people of color
A vintage clothing store in Georgia is getting backlash online for a promotion blasted as “racist” that waived a $20 fee for non-white shoppers. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Civvies on Broughton in Savannah said it would now require a $20 refundable deposit to book an appointment at the boutique, while people of color would...
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Trump blasts Bill Maher, says he looks ‘gaunt,’ is ‘missing in action’
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Kamala Harris' Jamaican side and what it means to islanders like me
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Trump says 'suburban housewife' will vote for him over Biden, cites low-income housing policies
President Trump said Wednesday the "suburban housewife" will vote for him over his presumptive Democratic rival Joe Biden -- citing his. administration’s efforts to roll back an Obama-era low-income housing regulation that he says Biden would “reinstall... in a bigger form.”
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Mike Pence reacts to ‘radical’ new VP opponent Kamala Harris
Vice President Mike Pence came out swinging against his new 2020 vice-presidential opponent Sen. Kamala Harris.
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Air pollution is much worse than we thought
A smokestack emits smoke over Interstate 95 in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 17, 2019. | Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Ditching fossil fuels would pay for itself through clean air alone. In the late 1960s, the US saw regular, choking smog descend over New York City and Los Angeles, 100,000 barrels of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and, perhaps most famously, fires burning on the surface of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio. These grim images sparked the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day, and a decade of extraordinary environmental lawmaking and rulemaking (much of it under a Republican president, Richard Nixon). From the ’70s through the beginning of the 21st century, the fight against fossil fuels was a fight about pollution, especially air pollution. American Stock/Getty Images The skyline of downtown Los Angeles, shrouded and obscured by smog, in 1956. In the ensuing decades, the focus has shifted to global warming, and fossil fuels have largely been reframed as a climate problem. And that makes sense, given the enormous implications of climate change for long-term human well-being. But there’s an irony involved: The air pollution case against fossil fuels is still the best case! In fact, even as attention has shifted to climate change, the air pollution case has grown stronger and stronger, as the science on air pollution has advanced by leaps and bounds. Researchers are now much more able to pinpoint air pollution’s direct and indirect effects, and the news has been uniformly bad. The evidence is now clear enough that it can be stated unequivocally: It would be worth freeing ourselves from fossil fuels even if global warming didn’t exist. Especially now that clean energy has gotten so cheap, the air quality benefits alone are enough to pay for the energy transition. This conclusion has been reaffirmed by the latest air quality research, presented at a recent hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform by Drew Shindell, Nicholas professor of earth science at Duke University (and a lead author on both recent IPCC reports). Shindell’s testimony reveals that the effects of air pollution are roughly twice as bad as previously estimated. That is a bombshell — in a sane world, it would be front-page news across the country. “The air quality scientific community has hypothesized this for at least a decade, but research advances have let us quantify and confirm this notion, over and over,” says Rebecca Saari, an air quality expert who teaches in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo. “The air quality ‘co-benefits’ are generally so valuable that they exceed the cost of climate action, often many times over.” Let’s take a closer look at the evidence for this extraordinary claim, and then we’ll consider its political implications. Science keeps revealing that air pollution is more harmful than previously believed Recently, I wrote about an ambitious and detailed new plan to substantially decarbonize the US economy by 2035 (primarily through electrification) and said that it would bring “transformative social and health benefits.” Shindell and his team at Duke have attempted to quantify those benefits, drawing on the latest science. They began with the climate model used by NASA’s Goddard Institute and upgraded it “to represent air pollution at relatively high resolution,” Shindell testified, “making this model suitable for simultaneously studying the impact of climate and air quality.” Using this all-in-one model, Shindell’s team mapped out a pathway from 2020 to 2070 that reduced US greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the world’s pledge to stay below 2°C and attempted to quantify the air quality and climate benefits. (Note: Though the model and the techniques have been peer-reviewed, Shindell’s crunching of the latest numbers is currently going through peer review. He includes extensive documentation of his methodology in an appendix to his testimony.) The numbers are eye-popping. Shindell testified: “Over the next 50 years, keeping to the 2°C pathway would prevent roughly 4.5 million premature deaths, about 3.5 million hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and approximately 300 million lost workdays in the US.” All that prevented death, illness, and lost productivity adds up to a lot of savings: The avoided deaths are valued at more than $37 trillion. The avoided health care spending due to reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits exceeds $37 billion, and the increased labor productivity is valued at more than $75 billion. On average, this amounts to over $700 billion per year in benefits to the US from improved health and labor alone, far more than the cost of the energy transition. Importantly, many of the benefits can be accessed in the near term. Right now, air pollution leads to almost 250,000 premature deaths a year in the US. Within a decade, aggressive decarbonization could reduce that toll by 40 percent; over 20 years, it could save around 1.4 million American lives that would otherwise be lost to air quality. Of the potential yearly deaths prevented, Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois remarked at the hearing, “That’s a huge number. That’s nearly three times the number of lives we lose in car accidents every year. It’s twice the number of deaths caused by opioids in the past few years. And it’s even more than the number of Americans we lose to diabetes each year.” If the numbers are shocking, it’s because the science has been developing rapidly. First, says Shindell, “there’s been a huge upsurge in work in developing countries, in particular China,” which has produced larger data sets and a wider, fuller picture of the real-world effects of exposure. Wikipedia Smog in Beijing, China, 2013. Second, where scientists used to focus almost exclusively on pollution effects for which there is an established and well-understood biological pathway, the recent production of enormous data sets (for instance, the entire population of more than 60 million Medicare patients) has allowed them to uncover new statistical correlations. With giant data sets, “you can control for socioeconomic status, temperature, hypertension and other existing conditions,” and other variables, says Shindell. “You can convincingly demonstrate that correlation is in fact causal, because you can rule out essentially every other possibility.” For example, scientists now know that exposure to smog (tiny, microscopic particulates) hurts prenatal and young brains. Even though they don’t yet fully understand the biological mechanism, they know it reduces impulse control and degrades academic performance. Similarly, they know it hurts the kidneys, the spleen, even the nervous system. “The well-understood pathways, things like strokes, lower respiratory infections, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, only seem to capture about half the total,” Shindell says. “When you look at the [new] studies, you find that air pollution seems to affect almost every organ in the human body.” A recent study from the national academies of multiple countries, including the US, put it this way: The scientific evidence is unequivocal: air pollution can harm health across the entire lifespan. It causes disease, disability and death, and impairs everyone’s quality of life. It damages lungs, hearts, brains, skin and other organs; it increases the risk of disease and disability, affecting virtually all systems in the human body. “About twice as many people die in total as die just from the pathways we understand,” says Shindell. “We’ve been underestimating all along.” Alongside these updated estimates of air pollution impacts, Shindell’s team developed a new way of assessing the nationwide health impacts of severe heat, in order to quantify one of the best-understood effects of climate change. Combining them into one model, Shindell testified, “we find impacts roughly double those that would have been obtained using older evidence.” While that may sound like a big jump, it is likely a lower bound. On both air pollution and climate change, the study omitted many effects that “are clearly present but cannot yet be reliably quantified.” The true numbers are almost certainly higher. The implications of this new air quality research are far-reaching. Though the benefits of the Clean Air Act were already thought to outweigh the costs, they may be twice as high as previously estimated. The costs of Trump’s rollbacks of Obama’s fuel economy standards and Clean Power Plan are up to twice as large as previously estimated. It is no coincidence that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is trying to exclude consideration of co-benefits (often the largest class of benefits) in its air quality rulemakings. It’s no coincidence that it is trying to exclude consideration of studies with anonymous participants, a category that encompasses all the latest research Shindell and others draw on. The fossil fuel lobby, which now includes the entire executive branch, has long understood that the science isn’t going its way. These rule changes are its last-ditch bid to blind the government to new research. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Donald Trump watches EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announce that the National Environmental Policy Act will be gutted on January 9. New air pollution research ought to break the climate policy logjam Climate change has often been framed as an intractable problem for international coordination, a matter of shared sacrifice, with every country incentivized to be a “free rider,” reaping the benefits without taking on any of the costs. But the latest air pollution research, coupled with the plunging cost of clean energy, should render that dynamic moot. It is true that climate change can only be averted with the entire world’s cooperation; if the US reduces its emissions to net zero but the other countries of the world (especially China and India) continue on their current trajectory, it will make almost no difference in temperature. The health benefits of avoided severe heat will not manifest. However — and this is the crucial fact — the air quality benefits will manifest, no matter what the rest of the world does. Shindell’s team ran a version of their scenario in which the US came into compliance with a 2°C pathway but the rest of the world continued with current policies. “We found that US action alone would bring us more than two-thirds of the health benefits of worldwide action over the next 15 years,” Shindell testified, “with roughly half the total over the entire 50-year period analyzed.” The air quality benefits arrive much sooner than the climate benefits. They are, at least for the next several decades, much larger. They can be secured without the cooperation of other countries. And, by generating an average of $700 billion a year in avoided health and labor costs, they will more than pay for the energy transition on their own. Climate change or no climate change, it’s worth ditching fossil fuels. And if this is true in the US — which, after all, has comparatively clean air — it is true tenfold for countries like China and India, where air quality remains abysmal. A Lancet Commission study in 2017 found that in 2015, air pollution killed 1.81 million people in India and 1.58 million in China. Shindell’s research reveals that those estimates may be woefully low. (He hopes to do similar modeling on China at some point.) The true toll may be almost double that, which is why both countries have experienced mass demonstrations against pollution in recent years that have left their governments scrambling. Yogendra Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images People hold placards as they protest against increasing air pollution in Noida, India, on November 17, 2019. “Air pollution remains the leading environmental health risk factor contributing to premature death worldwide, as demonstrated repeatedly by the Global Burden of Disease studies,” says Saari. “Health care costs and lost worker productivity are direct economic impacts of air pollution so large they can exceed the costs of climate policy.” Shindell ended with a call to Congress, testifying that it would be “unconscionable to realize these benefits could be obtained and not attempt to obtain them.” Air pollution ought to be seen as a global civil rights crisis The extraordinary level of suffering humanity is currently experiencing from air pollution is not necessary for modernity; it could be reduced, at a cost well below the net social benefits, with clean energy technologies on hand. If they are not necessary, then the millions of lives ended or degraded by fossil fuels every year are a choice. And when suffering on this scale, that is this brutally inequitable, becomes a choice, it enters the same ethical terrain as war, slavery, and genocide. The effects are more distributed over time and geography, as are the decision-making and the moral culpability, but the cumulative impact on human well-being — on our longevity, health, learning, and happiness — is comparable, and every bit as much worth fighting. US policymakers have a chance to kick-start an energy transition that could save 1.4 million American lives over the next 20 years, especially among the most vulnerable, even as it creates jobs and saves consumers money. As Shindell says, it would be unconscionable not to act on it. Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. 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Coronavirus discovered on frozen seafood packaging in China
BEIJING – Authorities in China have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian, which recently battled a surge of cases, a local government said on Tuesday. The virus was found on the outer packaging of frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai,...
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Two men fatally shot overnight as NYC shooting surge continues
Two men were fatally shot overnight -- and at least two others were hurt amid surging gun violence across the city, cops said.
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Man launches racist tirade against Asian woman on subway
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On the first day of school, the teacher cried
Tracy woke up early on Monday, August 3, the first day of school at Sequoyah High in Cherokee County. But she never left the house. Instead she drank her coffee alone and worried about the other teachers. And she cried, writes Thomas Lake
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Speculation about who could fill Harris seat swirls in California
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Shaun King defends Harris support after 2018 tweet slamming 'dismal' criminal justice record
Social justice activist Shaun King insisted he isn't flip-flopping after saying he was "99% sure" he'd never support Sen. Kamala Harris in 2018, then calling her "the most progressive VP nominee in American history" on Tuesday.
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Hallmark to feature first same-sex wedding in network's history
The Hallmark Channel is releasing its first movie featuring a same-sex wedding on Saturday.
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Why isn't Mookie Betts leading off for the Dodgers?
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New York Times called out for ‘drooling’ Kamala Harris front page: 'The newsletter of the left'
The New York Times fawned over Sen. Kamala Harris, who Joe Biden picked to be his running mate, with a glowing front page on Wednesday featuring four separate headlines that Ben Shapiro said were “all drooling” over the addition to the Democratic ticket.   
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‘The Legend of Korra’: You Don’t Hate Korra, She’s Just More Complicated Than Aang
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Video shows moment Harris accepts Biden VP nod
Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday said she is “so ready to go to work” on the campaign trail with the former vice president in a video she shared on social media revealing the moment she accepted his request to be his potential vice president.
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James Carafano: China uses HHS Secretary Azar's Taiwan trip as opportunity to test US
A strong U.S.-Taiwan relationship is the first and strongest step America can make in enhancing peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
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How Ali Smith wrote a fast, newsy, transcendent book series during the darkest of timelines
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Inspired by essential workers, teenage brothers use a 3D printer to make face shields
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Rachel Brosnahan takes you behind the scenes of 'Mrs. Maisel.' Her guided photo tour
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Bear that went viral after sniffing hiker’s hair has been castrated, sparking outrage
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Her book on race and identity began with mom's advice. Then came the Hollywood bidding war
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Jim Parsons tears up as he reveals why he was ready to leave 'Big Bang Theory': 'I was teetering'
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Severe weather threat for Plains as heat grips country, fuels wildfire threat out West
Heat continues to grip large portions of the country on Wednesday, which is adding to the wildfire threat out West. 
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There's no excuse for not having racially diverse boards. Here's how to do it
US corporate boards have become somewhat more diverse over the years, especially when it comes to appointing women directors. But the growth in minority directors -- both men and women -- has been very slow.
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Blood test could determine severe COVID-19 cases, risk of death: study
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Is a standing desk really worth it? We find out
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New Zealand puts city on lockdown after first COVID-19 infection in months
New Zealand is taking urgent action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, putting the city of Auckland on lockdown after four new cases popped up. There had been no new infections in the country for over three months. Health officials say all of the infections were found in one household, and that surface testing was underway at a store where a man from the infected family worked.
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Video shows enormous oil leak in pristine lagoon
Mauritius is facing an environmental catastrophe after a stricken Japanese-owned ship began leaking oil into the ocean.
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World’s last Blockbuster store is holding a 90s-themed slumber party
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Pediatrician explains why more children are getting COVID-19 and how to take care of them
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Covid-19 in the classroom becomes stark reality for parents who've sent their children back to school
Cherokee County in Georgia opened up its schools for in-person learning. Within days, the numbers of confirmed Covid-19 infections and quarantines were making some parents change their minds about their children going to school.
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Chevy Trailblazer small SUV scores a hit as fastest-selling new vehicle in US
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Bradley Blakeman: Why Kamala Harris VP choice does more harm than good for Biden's election prospects
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How Kamala Harris impacts Biden’s campaign
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Connecticut fines residents $3,000 for violating coronavirus travel advisory
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UK court says facial recognition tech violates human rights
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'Ainsley's Bible Study' talks race, unity and faith: 'What connects us is the blood of Jesus Christ,' says Lawrence Jones
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Video of airplane passenger receiving barefoot massage creeps out social media
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Chinese COVID-19 worker sweats buckets after working nonstop in heat
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Florida girl’s mother shot and killed during first day of online class as teacher watches, police say
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Family sues LAPD cop allegedly caught on video fondling dead woman's breasts
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North Korea Makes A Push To Reach Foreign Audiences On YouTube And Twitter
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UK GDP takes record 20.4 percent plunge as COVID-19 roils economy
The British economy suffered a massive contraction from April to June as the coronavirus pandemic plunged the UK into its worst recorded recession, officials said. The country’s gross domestic product plummeted by 20.4 percent in the second quarter, the biggest decline since officials there started keeping quarterly records in 1955, the Office for National Statistics...
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Joe Montana reveals one of Tom Brady's biggest 'beefs' with the Patriots
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Watch live: Biden and Harris hold first event as running mates
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