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Saturday October 24th, 2020 day edition

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"Decarbonize, save money, clean up the air...what are we waiting for?"

If you want to save money, create jobs in your zip code, and fight #climatechange, it's time to #electrifyeverything. — Rewiring America (@rewiringamerica) October 22, 2020.

According to the study, more than 40% of the nation's energy-related carbon emissions are determined by daily activities like bathing, cooking, and commuting.

But, the researchers explain, the process of extracting and delivering dirty energy to households and communities is enourmously wasteful and costly.

Where most homes now burn methane in the kitchen to run the stove, we can switch to electric induction for cooking...

A heat pump, potentially with energy storage cheaply attached, can replace our furnace or other heating systems with electricity.

As the report notes, "It is the poorest households that have the most to gain from household energy savings.". »

'Tactical Vote': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Urges Progressives to Vote Biden to Support Vulnerable Communities

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On Friday, Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told progressive voters reluctant about supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that their support for him can offer "tactical votes" in support of vulnerable communities, namely immigrants.

"This isn't always about support for the candidate," she added, telling progressives that it's possible to criticize Biden and his policies while still supporting his election.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments reference several aspects of Republican President Donald Trump's immigration policies at the southern U.S. border. »

Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Fewer than 4% of adults in Wuhan, China, tested positive for antibodies against COVID-19, putting the possibility of countries developing "herd immunity" against the virus without a vaccine in doubt, according to an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open.

None of the study participants tested positive for the antibody immunoglobulin M alone, while 3.2% had evidence of immunoglobulin G, the researchers said.

He noted, however, that as an epidemiologist, he is hesitant to generalize findings from 35,000 people to apply to an entire population. »

Modeling COVID-19 scenarios for the United States

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Covariates were evaluated on the basis of biological plausibility and on the impact on the results of the SEIR model.

Time-varying covariates include pneumonia excess mortality seasonality, diagnostic tests administered per capita, population-level mobility and personal mask use.

We then fit a seasonal pattern using a Bayesian meta-regression model with a flexible spline and assumed annual periodicity (Supplementary Information). »