Many Hospitals Fail to Comply With Price-Disclosure Rules

One year after federal rules compelled hospitals to post their healthcare prices publicly, some big national chains haven’t done so, with no penalty so far from the Biden administration, according to a Wall Street Journal review.

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Beyond Glasgow, Kerry pushes to close emissions gaps

This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500?

An Amazon Suit Encounters a Snag: a Judge With a Conflict of Interest

Nearly two years into a kickback case against ex-employees and a vendor, an Amazon stockholding by the judge’s wife threatens costly delays.

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Storms: Wild December Ride will Continue into New Year

I’m working on a review of the massive mid-December Derecho and Tornado event that rolled across the midwest, which shocked even a lot of jaded scientists.Above, Jeff Berardelli’s CBS report from today underlines that the extremes of recent months are not tapering off, not in our lifetimes at any rate.Happy New Year.

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Year in Review: Peter Gleick on Water and Power Generation

I spoke to MacArthur “Genius” award winner Peter Gleick about water issues and drought. Above, he reminded us about the critical need for water to cool thermal (coal, gas, nuclear) power plants, and the comparison to renewables, which need none. Below, Dr. Gleick on measures we can take to conserve and extend out water resources.

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Year in Review: Pacific Northwest Heatwave – the Future is Now

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In China, Water is a Limiting Factor

A limiting factor is a variable of a system that causes a noticeable change in output or another measure of a type of system. – Wiki China has a water problem, the severity of which will affect plans for dealing with energy, and climate. Hal Brands in Bloomberg: China’s water situation is particularly grim. As […]

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Travel Delays Are Expected After Record Snow Tapers in Western U.S.

Though the worst of the week’s winter storms appears to be over, travel delays and extreme cold are expected to continue.
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Global warming decreases connectivity among coral populations

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 30 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01248-7

The authors develop a high-resolution model of coral larval dispersal for the southern Great Barrier Reef. They show that 2 °C of warming decreases larval dispersal distance and connectivity of reefs, hampering post-disturbance recovery and the potential spread of warm-adapted genes.

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