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Inequality Is Growing In The US And Around The World – Here’s Why
Journalism

Inequality Is Growing In The US And Around The World – Here’s Why

U.S. income inequality grew in 2021 for the first time in a decade, according to data the Census Bureau released in September 2022. That might sound surprising, since the most accurate measure of the poverty rate declined during the same time span. But for development experts like me, this apparent contradiction makes perfect sense. That’s because what’s been driving income inequality in the United States – and around the world for years – is that the very rich are getting even richer, rather than the poor getting poorer. In every major region of the world outside of Europe, extreme wealth is becoming concentrated in just a handful of people. Gini index Economists and other experts track the gap between the rich and the poor with what’s known as the Gini index or coefficient. This c...
Growing Up Black In America
LIFESTYLE

Growing Up Black In America

I grew up in a home with both parents having a heritage rooted in black America. My father was born in Mississippi to parents who operated a farm their entire lives. He had 2 sisters and a brother. Once he was grown he moved to Illinois, took a job, married and raised a family. My mother was born in Louisiana to a father who was of direct African descent and a mother who was of direct native Indian. They moved to California and made a home having just one daughter and many sons. Her brothers ended up joining the military and made a career serving and protecting our country. As a child we never had a lot of money but my family still managed to purchase a home, my father always keep a nice car and he worked every day to support his family. I learned from my father the importance of a gr...
Women And People Of Color Benefit From Growing At-Home Businesses The Most
TECHNOLOGY

Women And People Of Color Benefit From Growing At-Home Businesses The Most

In August 2020, on a quiet residential street in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, a tiny emerald bar suddenly appeared inside a converted garage facing the road. It drew the neighborhood, with families walking to pick up four-packs of cider to-go, grab lollipops for their kids or treats for their dogs, and talk to the owner, a woman who had turned her passion project into reality just as the world was shutting down. Caitlin Braam’s Yonder Cider, a business she and her husband, Jon, had poured their savings into to start, launched just before the pandemic without a physical space yet, but before long, she had realized it could slip away entirely. So she opened up at the only place she could: home. The city had closed the street by Braam’s house to cars, and, with many of the ...
Guilt A Growing Issue As COVID-19 Survivor’s Reality Of Loss Settles In
COVID-19

Guilt A Growing Issue As COVID-19 Survivor’s Reality Of Loss Settles In

People are eager to return to normal after a year of coronavirus, but is the U.S. there yet? Hardly. The ongoing psychological and spiritual damage caused by the pandemic is rising, too. Guilt and shame are two prevailing emotions surrounding COVID-19. This guilt stems in part from the fact that anyone could be a potential carrier of the virus – so anyone, then, could unwittingly pass it to another person. Guilt can also arise when a person looks at the national and global death tolls and wonders how they were spared. Guilt also happens when family members can’t visit loved ones undergoing treatment at a hospital, or when someone with COVID-19 survives but reads about a infected stranger who died. A particular type of response called survivor’s guilt can occur when people lose loved ones...
Just How Much Greenhouse Gas Is Produced By Growing Cannabis Indoors Depends On Where It’s Grown
ENVIRONMENT

Just How Much Greenhouse Gas Is Produced By Growing Cannabis Indoors Depends On Where It’s Grown

Indoor cannabis production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and the environmental effects vary significantly depending on where it is being grown, according to our new study. Growing cannabis indoors is an energy-intensive process. Plantlady223 via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA The lights used to grow weed indoors use a lot of electricity, but facilities require a lot of energy to maintain a comfortable environment for the plants. That means air conditioners or heaters to maintain proper temperatures. Producers also pump carbon dioxide inside to increase plant growth. This accounts for 11% to 25% of facilities’ greenhouse gas emissions. But the biggest energy use comes from the need to constantly bring fresh air into growing facilities. All of this outside air needs to be tre...
Why Are Computer Science Jobs Out Of Reach For So Many Of America’s Students? They Are Growing Fast And They Pay Well
TECHNOLOGY, VIDEO REELS

Why Are Computer Science Jobs Out Of Reach For So Many Of America’s Students? They Are Growing Fast And They Pay Well

When it comes to the digital divide, often the focus is on how lack of internet service and basic technology will hurt students’ academic performance. This is particularly true during the pandemic, when most schools are operating online. But as a STEM educator at one of the nation’s elite historically Black colleges, I see another negative effect of the digital divide: racial disparities in the field of computer science. Computer science is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying fields. So if students from certain groups are being shut out of the field, it means that public education is failing in its role as the great equalizer. I see some ways for that to change. But first, a few statistics. The color of computer science When you look at computer science, just 8.9% of the more ...
Growing Up Black In America – Racial Prejudice
SOCIAL JUSTICE

Growing Up Black In America – Racial Prejudice

Black Americans have certainly faced many challenges trying to live the American Dream and partake in the many blessings other races have enjoyed here. One of the biggest hindrances black Americans have to continue facing in this country is the constant racial prejudice sent their way by white people. The original black people in this country were taken by force from Africa on ships to America where they were subjected to extreme abuse. They were made slaves, had their families separated, women violated and men whose self- esteem was reduced to nothing. They had no rights and were considered personal property. You may ask "how can a civilized people like the English fall to such abhorrent behavior? What reason could they possibly have to partake in behavior that treated a whole race o...
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The beef with beef: Fake meat market growing rapidly

Research firm Jefferies says alternative meat could account for 9 percent of the global meat market by 2040. The alternative meat market is poised to rise to $240 billion over the next two decades as new technologies gain ground and consumers change their diets, according to Jefferies. The great "protein shake-up" could see faux meat reach 9% share of the estimated $2.7 trillion global meat market by 2040, analyst Simon Powell forecasts, from less than 1% now. The size of the plant-based meat market has been one of the biggest debates in the food industry recently, with estimates ranging from between $10 billion and $40 billion to as high as $140 billion. Plant-based meats, like the one produced by Beyond Meat Inc., are currently leading the cate...
The growing Quentin Tarantino controversy, explained
CELEBRITIES

The growing Quentin Tarantino controversy, explained

The “Kill Bill” script called for Uma Thurman to be spit on by co-star Michael Madsen, but Quentin Tarantino was the one who did it. He didn’t trust anyone else to spit right. “I’m the director, so I can kind of art direct this spit,” Tarantino told Deadline on Monday. “I know where I want it to land. I’m right next to the camera. So, boom! I do it.” The director has come under fire since Thurman told The New York Times that he mistreated her on set. Tarantino responded to those allegations in the Deadline interview, much of which deals with Thurman’s near-fatal car crash on the set of “Kill Bill,” as seen in the shocking footage published by the Times. But he also admits to actually choking Thurman on set, something he repeated years later with Diane Kruger while filming “I...
Journalism

A Radical Vision for Food: Everyone Growing It for Each Other

I grow a half-dozen fruit trees along my 40-foot stretch of sidewalk. The generous fig tree just finished, two young apple trees and a pomegranate are full of bounty, and the kumquat and persimmon are ripening. As much as I love the simple act of orcharding, I’m also sharing a radical vision for food and economy in my suburban Los Angeles community of Altadena. What if all my neighbors grew food in their yards, too? What if we shared the bounty with each other? What if you could eat a delicious, varied, and healthy meal from the abundance provided by your neighborhood trees? Forty percent of the food produced in the part of the planet we call the U.S. is wasted. Much of this waste ends up in landfills, where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The food–climate nexus is a wind...