New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark

Coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, are at increasing risk from flooding during storms. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Climate change is raising flood risks in neighborhoods across the U.S. much faster than many people realize. Over the next three decades, the cost of flood damage is on pace to rise 26% due to climate change alone,… Continue reading New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark

What’s NATO, and why does Ukraine want to join?

International concern about Russia’s provocative stance toward Ukraine continues, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin denies plans for an attack — and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cautioned on Jan. 28, 2022, against the idea that “there is war here.” Putin has built up more than 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, and the U.S. is… Continue reading What’s NATO, and why does Ukraine want to join?

How Brad Pitt’s green housing dream for Hurricane Katrina survivors turned into a nightmare

Brad Pitt walks past one of the first homes built in New Orleans by his Make It Right Foundation in this 2008 photo. AP Photo/Alex Brandon Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation built 109 eye-catching and affordable homes in New Orleans for a community where many people were displaced by damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina… Continue reading How Brad Pitt’s green housing dream for Hurricane Katrina survivors turned into a nightmare

There is much more to mindfulness than the popular media hype

Have the benefits of medicine been overhyped in the West? Kilito Chan/Moment via Getty Images Mindfulness is seemingly everywhere these days. A Google search I conducted in January 2022 for the term “mindfulness” resulted in almost 3 billion hits. The practice is now routinely offered in workplaces, schools, psychologists’ offices and hospitals all across the… Continue reading There is much more to mindfulness than the popular media hype

Can the US find enough natural gas sources to neutralize Russia’s energy leverage over Europe?

A liquefied natural gas tanker loading in Qatar. The Gulf nation is in talks to supply gas to Europe if Russia cuts supplies. AP Photo The prospect of conflict between Russia and NATO countries over Ukraine has raised fears of an energy crisis in Europe. Russia provides nearly half of Europe’s natural gas, and some… Continue reading Can the US find enough natural gas sources to neutralize Russia’s energy leverage over Europe?

Dostoevsky warned of the strain of nihilism that infects Donald Trump and his movement

A Trump supporter climbs scaffolding in an effort to breach the U.S. Capitol. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images Nihilism was notably cited during U.S. Senate deliberations after rioting Trump supporters had been cleared from the Capitol. “Don’t let nihilists become your drug dealers,” exhorted Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. “There are some who want to burn… Continue reading Dostoevsky warned of the strain of nihilism that infects Donald Trump and his movement

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France Much of the reparations debate has revolved around whether the United States and the United Kingdom should finally compensate some of their citizens for the economic and social costs of slavery that still linger today. But… Continue reading When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

How gay men justify their racism on Grindr

Grindr allows for anonymity in a way that other dating apps do not. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images On gay dating apps like Grindr, many users have profiles that contain phrases like “I don’t date Black men,” or that claim they are “not attracted to Latinos.” Other times they’ll list races acceptable to them: “White/Asian/Latino… Continue reading How gay men justify their racism on Grindr

Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

With snow comes shoveling, and with shoveling can come heart attacks. Trudy Wilkerson/Shutterstock If exercise is good for you, why do we worry that shoveling snow will raise the risk of a heart attack? Snow shoveling can be vigorous exercise Snow shoveling is a unique form of exertion. It can be vigorous and challenging to… Continue reading Why does shoveling snow increase risk of heart attack?

Boomers have a drug problem, but not the kind you might think

Some boomers are on multiple medications. Combinations of those drugs could have serious side effects. Getty Images / Sporrer/Rupp Baby boomers – that’s anyone born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 – are 20% of the population, more than 70 million Americans. Decades ago, many in that generation experimented with drugs that were both… Continue reading Boomers have a drug problem, but not the kind you might think