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As Delhi Chokes On Smog, India’s Health Minister Advises: Eat More Carrots | NPR

‘On Nov. 2, 21 of the 37 air quality monitoring stations in Delhi registered in the “severe” category. Since then, the city has been grappling with its worst-ever pollution crisis. On the Air Quality Index, an international metric used by public health officials that accounts for a range of major air pollutants, any reading above 100 is considered unhealthy. In some areas of Delhi this week, the AQI recorded well over 900 according to daily bulletins by India’s Central Pollution Control Board.’

Source: As Delhi Chokes On Smog, India’s Health Minister Advises: Eat More Carrots | NPR

The Toxic Bubble of Technical Debt Threatening America | The Atlantic

‘…A kind of toxic debt is embedded in much of the infrastructure that America built during the 20th century. For decades, corporate executives, as well as city, county, state, and federal officials, not to mention voters, have decided against doing the routine maintenance and deeper upgrades to ensure that electrical systems, roads, bridges, dams, and other infrastructure can function properly under a range of conditions. Kicking the can down the road like this is often seen as the profit-maximizing or politically expedient option. But it’s really borrowing against the future, without putting that debt on the books.’

 

Source: The Toxic Bubble of Technical Debt Threatening America | The Atlantic

The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change | The Guardian

‘While climate skeptics and deniers often accuse scientists of exaggerating the threats associated with the climate crisis, the available evidence suggests the opposite. By and large, scientists have either been right in their assessments, or have been unduly conservative. We noticed a clear pattern of underestimation of certain key climate indicators, and therefore underestimation of the threat of climate disruption. ‘

Source: The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change | The Guardian

Exxon Is On Trial, Accused Of Misleading Investors About Risks Of Climate Change | NPR

‘In only the second climate change trial in the U.S., Exxon Mobil goes to court Tuesday accused of defrauding shareholders and the public. New York’s attorney general brought the suit, which alleges that the oil giant misrepresented how carbon regulation would affect the company’s financial outlook.’

Source: Exxon Is On Trial, Accused Of Misleading Investors About Risks Of Climate Change | NPR

Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests | Phys.org

‘(Phys.org) —A new study undertaken by a diverse group of scientists in Sweden has found that contrary to popular belief, most of the carbon that is sequestered in northern boreal forests comes about due to fungi that live on and in tree roots, rather than via dead needles, moss and leaf matter. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their findings after taking soil samples from 30 islands in two lakes in northern Sweden.’

Source:  Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests | Phys.org