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Is Trump really the best thing that's happened to farmers?

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:46
CNN's John Avlon breaks down the numbers behind President Trump's complicated relationship with American farmers.

A 13-0 World Cup Rout? Thailand Is as Proud as Ever

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:46
The women’s loss to the United States produced the most lopsided score in World Cup history. But soccer fans in Thailand say they were just happy their team was there.

Three years after the Pulse shooting, she remembers every moment

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:44
The energy in the club that night was infectious. Drag queens dressed as Beyonce and J-Lo performed under throbbing lights. Club goers swayed in a Caribbean aura out on the patio. Hip hop music blasted from another room. The shoes and the makeup and the clothes -- all of it seemed so glamorous to Patience Carter and her friends.

'Men in Black' can't catch lightning despite 'Thor' duo

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:35
Receiving a power boost from the Marvel stable, "Men in Black: International" returns to the goofy universe where the wackiest tabloids contain the real news and aliens hide in plain sight. The movie conjures some of the goofy charms associated with the franchise, but sags in its midsection like "Endgame"-vintage Thor before nicely rallying at the finish.

Prosecutors say his DNA was found with his missing wife's blood. He's now out on bond

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:35
A missing Connecticut woman's blood was found mixed with her estranged husband's DNA in her kitchen, a prosecutor alleged publicly for the first time in court Tuesday during deliberations over the husband's bond.

Rent Protections: What a Deal Means for New Yorkers

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:35
Wednesday: Just days before tenant protections were set to expire, state lawmakers reached a deal to strengthen them.

Hong Kong, World Cup, Alabama: Your Wednesday Briefing

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:34
Here’s what you need to know.

Life Where Wildfires Are a Spark Away

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:32
Wednesday: A visit to the likely ignition point of the Ranch Fire; statehouse polarization; and the history of the Albany Bulb.

4-year-old's mom says he barely spoke until he heard this song

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:27
A mom says the smash hit song "Old Town Road" inspired her 4-year-old son with autism to sing the words, despite barely being able to string a few words together until now. CNN affiliate WCCO reports.

Why it's getting harder to spot deepfake videos

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:18
Lawmakers are concerned that deepfake videos could be used to influence the 2020 election. Now the U.S. government is working to create technology to detect them.

Pilot Was Lost Before Helicopter Crashed Onto Manhattan Building

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:18
Just after taking off over the East River, he said he wanted to return to a heliport but did not know where he was.

A reader’s guide to all of Trump’s fights with Congress

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:10
Congress is seriously considering holding three current and former Trump officials in contempt

Texas governor signs controversial 'Save Chick-fil-A' bill

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:02
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a controversial measure that supporters say provides religious protections but Democrats and critics argue would allow discrimination against the state's LGBTQ community.

1 swap halves the carbon footprint of your diet

Futurity.org - Wed, 2019-06-12 08:02

If Americans changed their diets by swapping out just one item each day, they could greatly reduce their carbon footprint from food, according to a new report.

“We found that making one substitution of poultry for beef resulted in an average reduction of dietary greenhouse gases by about a half,” says Diego Rose, professor and director of nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.

“To our knowledge, this is the only nationally representative study of the carbon footprint of individually chosen diets in the US,” Rose says. “We hope this research will raise awareness about the role of the food sector in climate change and the sizable impact of a simple dietary change.”

Food production is an important contributor to climate change, accounting for about a quarter of carbon emissions globally, researchers say. For the study, they examined the real-world diets of thousands of people in the United States.

Researchers used diet information from more than 16,000 participants in the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a portion of which asked participants to recall all the foods they consumed in the previous 24 hours.

The researchers then used this information to determine which foods had the highest greenhouse gas emissions and to calculate a carbon footprint for each individual diet.

They found that the 10 foods with the highest impacts on the environment were all cuts of beef and that about 20 percent of participants reported consuming one of these high-carbon foods.

Using simulation, the researchers calculated a new carbon footprint for each diet by replacing beef with the closest related poultry product. For example, a broiled beef steak was replaced with broiled chicken and ground beef with ground turkey. The researchers performed each substitution only one time for each person that consumed one of the high-carbon foods.

Animal foods contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions than plant foods. Ruminant animal foods such as beef and lamb have particularly high carbon footprints because cows and sheep also release methane gas.

“Our simulation showed that you don’t have to give up animal products to improve your carbon footprint,” Rose says. “Just one food substitution brought close to a 50 percent reduction, on average, in a person’s carbon footprint.”

The researchers plan to expand this research, which focused on dietary greenhouse gas emissions, to include other environmental impacts such as water use.

Although not the subject of this study, the researchers point out that food waste and overeating also increase the carbon footprint of our diet. So, in addition to eating low-carbon foods, better meal planning and eating leftovers can also help reduce carbon footprint.

Rose presented the paper at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting in Baltimore.

Source: Tulane University

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The fight to stay ahead of deepfake videos before 2020

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
With the 2020 US presidential election looming, political leaders, presidential candidates and the country's intelligence chief are worried about doctored videos being used to mislead voters.

A New Generation of Chefs Reframes Taiwanese Cuisine in America

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
The island’s cooking used to exist under the vast umbrella of “Chinese food” in the United States. A group of chefs and restaurateurs is changing that.

They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
The family of Tommaso Buscetta, whose testimony figured in hundreds of Mafia convictions, agreed to appear in a new documentary.
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