The $36 Trillion Bill for Neglecting Climate and Free Trade

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In the Covid crisis, governments have struggled to find the right national policies—and also to coordinate an effective global response. They’ll have to do better when it comes to confronting the biggest challenges of the age: rising temperatures and a fracturing world economy.

Taken together, rapid action against rising temperatures and a renewed commitment to globalization would put the world economy on track for 2050 output of $185 trillion. Delaying moves to cut carbon emissions, and allowing cross-border ties to fray, could cap it at $149 trillion—the equivalent of kissing goodbye to the entire GDP of the U.S. and China last year.

If there were such a thing as a global economic planner, they would clearly pick the first option.

In the real world, it’s not that simple. Whether they’re in Washington DC or Beijing, Brussels or New Delhi, leaders don’t typically make the pursuit of a global optimum their top priority. They’re focused instead on national interests, and the relative economic strength that determines the geopolitical pecking order.

Choices in the fight against climate change, and the degree of cross-border integration don’t just affect the size of the global economic cake. They affect how it’s divided up as well.

An early start on cooling a hot planet would be good for everyone, but it would benefit Southern-hemisphere emerging markets much more than advanced Northern economies. And the same goes for globalization. More of it would make all countries better off—but the biggest gains would accrue to middle-income economies sprinting toward the technological frontier, not wealthier rivals attempting to cling onto their competitive edge.

In that sense, Donald Trump was right.

For the U.S., commitment to a low-carbon, free-trade future would—all else being equal—hasten the moment when it gets overtaken by China as the world’s biggest economy. In Bloomberg Economics’ baseline forecast, that seismic shift occurs in 2035. By 2050, China would have significantly extended its lead.

In an alternative future, where the U.S. delays action against climate change and throws up barriers to trade and technology transfers—as it has in the past four years—China catches up with the U.S. in the 2040s, but never moves decisively ahead. In a smaller and hotter global economy, the U.S. would still have a claim to the number one spot.

Forecasting this far into the future isn’t a precise science. Bloomberg Economics projections represent the best estimate of stylized models that don’t claim to account for every variable. Still, they provide a sense of the immense impact that paths chosen today will have on the size and shape of the world economy. And the conclusions are clear enough.

The Covid shock—more than a million dead and the worst recession since the 1930s—provides a wake-up call on the need for an early, aggressive and coordinated response to the threat of climate change and risk of de-globalization. That response will have distributional implications that may not look favorable to governments in the West, and they will be tempted to hit the snooze button.

Without farsighted leadership, progress on the greatest challenges of the age will be difficult to achieve.

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What is alternative medicine? [1]

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In general, the term “alternative therapy” refers to any health treatment not standard in Western medical practice. When used alongside standard medical practices, alternative approaches are referred to as “complementary” medicine.

Beyond that, complementary and alternative therapies are difficult to define, largely because the field is so diverse. It encompasses diet and exercise changes, hypnosis, chiropractic adjustment, and poking needles into a person’s skin (aka acupuncture), among other treatments.


1. Acupressure

Acupressure is similar in practice to acupuncture (see below), only no needles are involved. Practitioners use their hands, elbows, or feet to apply pressure to specific points along the body’s “meridians.”

According to the theory behind acupressure, meridians are channels that carry life energy (qi or ch’i) throughout the body. The reasoning holds that illness can occur when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance.

 

Acupressure is thought to relieve blockages so energy can flow freely again, restoring wellness. More research is needed, but a handful of studies have found positive results.

In 2013, researchers worked with a group of adolescents suffering from insomnia. They found that acupressure helped them fall asleep faster and get deeper sleep.

Acupressure may also offer pain relief. In 2014, researchers did a review of existing studies and found that acupressure could relieve a range of issues, including pesky lower back pain, headaches, and even labor pain.

There may even be some mental health benefits as well. A 2015 review of 39 studies found that acupressure provided immediate relief for people experiencing anxiety.

Another study that same year found that acupressure 3 times per week for a month was able to assuage anxiety, depression, and stress for dialysis patients.


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Democratic Views On Going Green

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Democrats are dedicated to protecting the environment by reducing the effects of climate change, protecting America’s natural resources, and safeguarding the quality of our air, land, and water for current and future generations. Democratic views on the environment are focused around working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges by investing in clean energy and protecting our ecosystems to pave way for a sustainable America.

Democrats are committed to working closely with the local communities to protect our publicly-owned lands and to preserve and restore forests, wetlands, and grasslands across America for the future generations. Democrats back initiatives to restore our watersheds, oceans and rivers. They plan on conserving our ecosystems and to open more lands and waters for recreation and hunting.

Democrats are committed to a healthy environment and a healthy economy by endorsing new technologies that create good jobs and improve our world. A cleaner environment translates to a stronger economy. They hope to focus on clean energy to get the economy away from relying so heavily on oil.

  • Under President Obama, the Department of Transportation and the EPA issued new fuel-economy standards. It was the first significant increases in fuel economy for light trucks and cars in decades.
  • There was significant increase of solar energy and tripled our electricity produced by wind power under President Obama.
  • With the directive of President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency was mandated to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. The president’s goal was to ensure America reduced carbon dioxide emission by 30% by 2030.
  • In the month of November 2014, President Obama announced a ground-breaking agreement with China to work together to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the next 15 years.

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Three Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate is rich in minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. The cocoa in dark chocolate also contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which may provide several health benefits.

Here are the three most important health benefits of dark chocolate or cocoa supported by science.

  • Powerful Source of Antioxidants
  • May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
  • Healthy circulation


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4 Green Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Lifestyle

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More and more people are interested in going green, buying natural products, and ultimately protecting the environment.

Choose Locally Grown or Organic Food

Fruits and vegetables are often shipped hundreds of miles or more from other states or countries before they reach your supermarket, which means they may have been picked weeks before you eat them. However, if you buy locally grown produce from a farmers’ market, for instance, the food is likely to be freshly picked. You’ll also have the chance to ask the farmer if the fruits and vegetables are organic, or if any pesticides or other chemicals that could pose a danger to the earth, or your health, were used on them.

Avoid processed junk food (eat real and natural food instead)

Processed junk food is incredibly unhealthy. These foods have been engineered to trigger your pleasure centers, so they trick your brain into overeating — even promoting food addiction in some people. They’re usually low in fiber, protein, and micronutrients but high in unhealthy ingredients like added sugar and refined grains. Thus, they provide mostly empty calories.

Eat fatty fish

Fish is a great source of high-quality protein and healthy fat. This is particularly true of fatty fish, such as salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and various other nutrients. Studies show that people who eat the most fish have a lower risk of several conditions, including heart disease, dementia, and depression.

Drink red wine

 

Red wine has been part of social, religious, and cultural events for hundreds of years. Medieval monasteries believed that their monks lived longer partly because of their regular, moderate drinking of wine. In recent years, science has indicated that there could be truth in these claim.  According to a 2018 study, drinking red wine in moderation has positive links with:

cardiovascular disease
atherosclerosis
hypertension
certain types of cancer
type 2 diabetes
neurological disorders
metabolic syndrome


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