France, America and Social Security

"The causes of underfunded pensions are similar throughout the developed world," says the L.A. Times while commenting on France's recent move to increase the retirement age.

"The causes of underfunded pensions are similar throughout the developed world," says the L.A. Times while commenting on France's recent move to increase the retirement age. "Populations are living longer and pension costs have soared, while in many countries low birthrates have meant fewer people paying into the system. The global economic crisis has cut into employment, further reducing contributions into U.S. Social Security and French government pension funds. But American retirees have suffered an added whammy. While French pensions are fully funded through the government, U.S. workers rely as much on private funds as on Social Security, and Americans' retirement funds and 401ks have been hammered."

European wind farms could meet global energy demand, researchers now say

A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.

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  • A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
  • The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
  • Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.
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First solar roadway in France turned out to be a 'total disaster'

French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.

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  • The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
  • French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
  • Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
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New vaccine (for cats) nixes allergic reactions for humans

You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.


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  • Cats live in a quarter of Western households.
  • Allergies to them are common and can be dangerous.
  • A new approach targets the primary trouble-causing allergen.
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