Asthma affects nearly one in six Detroit residents. The city’s asthma rate is 40 percent higher than that of Michigan as a whole, and sufferers here are more than three times as likely to wind up in the hospital. And air pollution makes asthma worse.
New data released by Yale researchers gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming. In Florida, the effects of climate change, including sunny-day flooding, are being felt across the state. Four southeast Florida counties — Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe and Palm Beach — stand out because of their concerted effort to work on climate issues together and to discuss it in nonpartisan terms.
people often respond warmly to qualitative evidence, such as the stories of individual migrants and photographs of diverse communities. But statistics – especially regarding alleged benefits of migration to Britain’s economy – elicit quite the opposite reaction. People assume that the numbers are manipulated and dislike the elitism of resorting to quantitative evidence.
The anecdotes are different but the narrative is the same across battlegrounds, where Democratic operatives lament a one-size-fits-all approach drawn entirely from pre-selected data...guiding...decisions on field, television, everything else. That’s the same data operation...that predicted Clinton would win the Iowa caucuses by 6 percentage points (she scraped by with two-tenths of a point), and that predicted she’d beat Bernie Sanders in Michigan (he won by 1.5 points).
The world population is projected to reach 8.1 billion by 2025. The vast majority of the growth...will come from developing countries, many of which are dealing with the double burden of hunger and rising obesity. Meanwhile, climate change is presenting new challenges to the agriculture sector. By highlighting performance of different countries and identifying best practices, the index establishes a comparable benchmark to...measure their progress in establishing a sustainable food system.
Vessels thought to be fishing are then cross-referenced to registries that can reveal their size, ownership and country of origin ... On any given day Global Fishing Watch is tracking 10,000 to 20,000 fishing boats ... The monitoring system is an example of an emerging trend in environmentalism: using remote surveillance technologies—once available only to governments or large corporations—to combat polluters and the illegal exploitation of natural resources.
The proliferation of mobile phones in Africa, alongside falling handset and data costs, are making the widespread usage of e-health solutions increasingly viable. A recent report by mobile operator trade association GSMA found that 557 million Africans have mobile subscriptions. This figure is expected to reach 735 million by 2020.
Uber’s penchant for secrecy can put it at odds with conventions of government transparency ... the company has convinced regulators to allow it to hide its ridership data — Uber’s agreement with Boston requires the city to keep Uber’s ridership data under wraps, even stipulating that the company will pay the city’s litigation costs in a fight to keep that data confidential. In San Francisco, data that Lyft or Uber gives the city is under seal and...hidden — even from city transportation planners
As a result of poor oversight, the CalGang database, which includes the names of more than 150,000 suspected gang members and affiliates, contains questionable information that may violate the privacy rights of many individuals ... Los Angeles and Santa Ana, the auditors noted, failed to fully implement a 2014 state law that requires juveniles and their parents to be notified before their names are added to the gang database so they could contest the decision.
discrepancies in the data and reporting are causing local governments to undercount the number of young children being killed in unintentional shootings ... with unintentional gun deaths, 50 cases could change the direction of national trends. It could mean the difference between a harm-reduction policy — for example, safe storage laws that make it mandatory for all guns in a home to be kept in a locked cabinet — appearing to be successful or appearing to be an abject failure.