U.S. Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a study from a team led by a JHSPH researcher.
— Read on publichealth.jhu.edu/2019/us-health-care-spending-highest-among-developed-countries

Hiltzik: The downside of copyrights – Los Angeles Times

‘Winnie-the-Pooh,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and many other works entered the public domain on Saturday. They show what’s wrong with the system.
— Read on www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-03/winnie-the-pooh-public-domain

Road Salt Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Drinking Water and the Environment

The good news? There are several interventions municipalities could use to stop the problem in its tracks.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/science/a38595110/road-salt-environment/

How Donald Trump Could Subvert the 2024 Election – The Atlantic

January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/

The Amazon is turning into savannah – we have 5 years to save it | New Scientist

We have been hearing warnings about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest for decades, but experts say a catastrophic tipping point is now just over the horizon. Are they right? And if so, what can we do to pull things back?
— Read on www.newscientist.com/article/mg25233640-800-the-amazon-is-turning-into-savannah-we-have-5-years-to-save-it/

Plant-based ice cream 2.0? Eclipse Foods buoyed by ‘incredible’ early data from Whole Foods

Eclipse Foods – a plant-based brand on a mission to replicate the taste and functionality of conventional dairy rather than building a brand around ‘hero’ ingredients such as oat, almond or coconut – says early data from Whole Foods suggests its strategy is paying off.
— Read on www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2021/11/28/Plant-based-ice-cream-2.0-Eclipse-Foods-buoyed-by-incredible-early-data-from-Whole-Foods

Yes, plant-based meat is better for fighting climate change – Vox

The environmental debate over meatless meat, explained.
— Read on www.vox.com/22787178/beyond-impossible-plant-based-vegetarian-meat-climate-environmental-impact-sustainability

China cracks down on ‘characteristic towns’ that misused land, real estate while racking up massive debt | South China Morning Post

Move is in line with China’s efforts to reduce high local government debt and excess that collectively pose a serious threat to the national economy and property market.
— Read on www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3155055/china-cracks-down-characteristic-towns-misused-land-real

Central Asia is stepping up battles with tech giants. Russia’s playbook is a model. – The Washington Post

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan both pulled back attempts at restricting social media networks after public backlash.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/uzbekistan-kazakhstan-big-tech/2021/11/06/857efe86-3db4-11ec-bd6f-da376f47304e_story.html