Newsworthy – Dec 13th, 2019

The New England fishing industry is being affected by changing climate, the Catholic Church has been using charitable donations to offset its budget, the FCC is creating a 911-like hotline for suicide prevention.

These, and more, are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

Science and Environment

  • Overexploitation of marine resources has, traditionally, been the plague of the fishing industry. But this is not the only threat it’s facing today. Researchers report that changing climate patterns are impacting Atlantic fish populations, which in turn affects jobs in the New England fishing industry.

    – ZME Science

Health and Society

  • Bishops exhort Catholics to support the weak and suffering through the pope’s main charitable appeal, called Peter’s Pence.

    What the church doesn’t advertise is that most of that collection, worth more than $55 million annually, goes toward plugging the hole in the Vatican’s administrative budget, while as little as 10% is spent on charitable works, according to people familiar with the funds.

    – The Wall Street Journal
  • Russia was banned from international sports for four years for a string of doping-related offenses and repeated efforts to mislead authorities.

    – The Wall Street Journal

Business and Economics

  • Facebook said it would move forward with plans to add encryption across its messaging platforms. The company rejected a plea from Attorney General William Barr to allow some form of government access to those services over concerns about public safety.

    – The Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. factories are demanding a white-collar education for blue-collar work. Within the next three years, American manufacturers are on track to employ more college graduates than workers with a high-school education or less.

    It is part of a shift to automation that has boosted factory output, created opportunities for women and reduced prospects for lower-skilled workers.

    – The Wall Street Journal
  • An analysis done by Imperial Oil Ltd, a subsidiary of Exxon, in the 1990’s stated that the key to curbing emissions was to instate a carbon tax of approximately $72 per ton of carbon in today’s money.

    – ZME Science

Government and Politics

  • An international lawsuit seeking to establish that Myanmar committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority began in the Netherlands.

    – The Wall Street Journal
  • After three years of political deadlock over Brexit, Boris Johnson won the largest Conservative majority since the Margaret Thatcher era.

    There’s little doubt that Boris can pass a deal now, allowing Brexit to finally happen.

    – Axios
  • U.S. regulators decided to allow Boeing’s 737 MAX jet to keep flying after its first fatal crash last fall even when their own analysis indicated that without design changes, it could become one of the most accident-prone airliners in decades.

    Without FAA intervention the MAX could have averaged one fatal crash about every two or three years.

    – The Wall Street Journal
  • The FCC voted unanimously to create a three-digit suicide prevention hotline that will soon make seeking emergency mental health help more like calling 911.

    When the months-long process is completed, U.S. residents will be able to call 988 for help in a mental health emergency.

  • About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in areas likely to be difficult for the census to accurately count next year.

    “Hard to count” often translates to underrepresentation. The 2020 census will be the basis for allocating political power and government funding for the next decade.

    – Axios

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