The sea levels across New York are estimated to rise between 18 and 50 inches by 2100.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday his $10-billion plan to protect lower Manhattan against sea level rise and storm surges.
- The plan calls for creating new land that would extend the lower part of the island by about two city blocks.
- As sea levels rise around the globe, cities are experimenting with various methods to protect themselves.
Humans blame cats for killing birds, but our buildings are far worse.
- Nearly a billion birds are killed every year after flying into windows.
- The American Bird Conservancy published an extensive guide to incorporating bird-friendly design into buildings.
- Over twenty cities have programs to help reduce the number of avian deaths.
Healthy Housing Foundation has purchased four properties in Los Angeles, with more planned.
- Los Angeles' homeless population has swelled to over 50,000 in recent years.
- While the local government has dedicated $138M to combat the problem, progress has been slow.
- Charitable organizations are stepping in to house as many people as possible.
The future of health care is high tech. That's good news — mostly.
- Health care is at the forefront of technology and innovation. Telehealth, bioelectronic medicine, and big data improve the quality of patient care while reducing the cost.
- As wearable devices and implants offering real-time health data to everyday people become staples of modern life, people will discover conditions that were previously undetectable. They will also perceive illnesses that aren't there.
- This supposedly cost-cutting technology may become an enormous burden to health care providers.
People prefer to live in states that invest in life-easing amenities.
- Study reveals the Americans who live in states that spend more on tangible "public goods" are happier.
- This spending makes communities "more livable."
- Pain of higher property taxes largely balanced out by higher property values and quality of life.
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