Usher’s News & Analysis, Feb. 6, 2020

Ten U.S. refineries emitted excessive cancer-causing benzene in 2019: report


Too hasty?

Maintenance man shot by tenant after being sent to wrong apartment


Yesterday, the news said scientists don’t know why their models are predicting things to be much worse than the scientists apparently think the models ought to be. However, I’ve always maintained that the longer we wait to fix global warming, the more the models will undershoot.

“This suggests the Earth might actually be more sensitive to climate change than our simulations can currently show,” Michael McPhaden, an author of the paper and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher, told the Post.

Ocean currents are speeding up faster than scientists predicted


“Many scientists and policymakers are embedded in institutions that are used to thinking and acting on isolated risks, one at a time,” the report said.

“We call on the world’s academics, business leaders and policy makers to pay attention to these five global risks and ensure they are treated as interacting systems.”

“Human society will be faced with the devastating combined impacts of multiple interacting climate hazards,” Erik Franklin, a researcher at the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology and co-author of a key study in late 2018, told AFP.

“They are happening now and will continue to get worse.”

Multiple eco-crises could trigger ‘systemic collapse’: scientists


Why is the following true?

Despite the fact that the U.S. spends by far the most money on health care than any industrialized nation, the country lags behind other industrialized nations in health outcomes and remains the only industrialized nation in the world without universal health care.

In Spite Of Industry-Backed Disinformation Around Health Care, Largest Nurses Union Mobilizes Voters For ‘Medicare For All’


Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange


Do you think enough effort is being put forth to catch ransomware crooks?

Cyber risk is a growing concern for the municipal market. There were 133 publicly reported attacks against health-care providers since 2016, 47 of which occurred in 2019, according to data collected by threat intelligence company Recorded Future, Inc. Health-care providers are at particular risk for cyber attacks because patient care is disrupted, so there is an expectation the hospital will pay to remedy that quickly, said Allan Liska, an intelligence analyst at the company.

Ransomware Attack on Hospital Shows New Risk for Muni-Bond Issuers


The Iowa Democratic Party Did the Opposite of What It Should Have Done to Secure Its Disastrous App