The Daily Populous

Monday January 1st, 2018 day edition

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That same day, Scott Stringer, the comptroller of New York City, announced a similar fossil fuel free strategy for the city’s pension fund, which is comparable in the number of assets.

“Those are two of the 20 largest funds on the planet,” McKibben says.

“In essence, they said, ‘We're taking our winnings from this fossil fuel casino.

We're cashing out; we're going to go find some other game to play in.’ The smart money is increasingly moving in that direction,” McKibben says.

“The fossil fuel industry, which has been an awful good business for the last 200 years, isn't a good business going forward.

“Even if the federal government has certain policies it can pass, states are quite powerful in what they can do to reduce emissions.”.

This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow. »

How Social Media FOMO Affects Your Wellbeing

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But social media FOMO is disrupting that process and supporting an irrational belief that every one else's social life is superior to our own.

The study, depressingly titled "Home alone: Why people believe others' social lives are richer than their own," was published this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and its findings hold steady across multiple populations.

Researchers argued that one of the reasons people perceive their own social lives in such a negative light is because they aren't comparing them using a representative sample of other people's social lives. »

China bans 553 car models in fight against smog

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In China's latest tough anti-pollution measure, it is halting sales of 553 models of vehicles that don't meet fuel-consumption standards.

It's unclear how many distinct vehicles are produced in China, but the 553 models form a "very small" percentage said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association.

And while China has scored an initial victory over smog, it still has to reverse public opinion outside China on its air quality. »

Owl hit and caught in SUV survives

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A driver was travelling south of Regina along the highway when she saw the owl fly into her SUV, and assumed the worst for the bird.

What she discovered instead was the bright white plumage of a snowy owl, caught within the grille of her Tahoe.

Salthaven West shared pictures of the snowy owl that was caught in the grille of a Tahoe, with people sending wishes for his speedy recovery. »

Legal marijuana arriving in California after decades of underground dealing

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A new gold rush is sweeping California as the state prepares to launch legal marijuana sales Monday, bringing the powerful and largely underground economy finally into public view.

Those growers have an extensive network of distributors built through mutual trust over decades of underground dealing.

“This is the right thing for California, and we’re trying to do it in a legal and smart way,” he said. »