There could be nocturnal tornadoes Friday spanning from Texas to Ohio that could endanger 5 million people. 25 million people in this region are under storm threat:
More than 5 million people should prepare for possible nocturnal tornadoes Friday – CNN https://t.co/bi9dpHbLYI
— Paul Beckwith (@PaulHBeckwith) December 9, 2021
Biden wants the federal government to be carbon neutral in less than 30 years. Greenhouse gas emissions will have to be cut by more than half in less than a decade for this goal to be met by federal agencies. Recommended interventions include retrofitting, transitioning to energy efficient hardware, installing solar panels, and using parking and other structures for the installation of green technologies.
China Evergrande is unable to pay its debt and will be restructured. The company is experiencing what is being called a “restricted default,” which is probably a euphemism for actual default. Some of the interest the company failed to pay out was on 1.2 billion dollars in US bonds. Here’s a forum post on the topic with references where the discussion can continue.
Biden does not want to send troops to help defend Ukraine from Russia, but threatens more sanctions if Russia advances further into the country.
There have been scores of earthquakes off the Oregon coast—over 80 of them. There have been half a dozen or so over 5.0 on the Richter scale. Are these foreshocks? If they exceed activity known for the region they could be, but that region is known for these kinds of swarms so it’s hard to say for sure. Also, just for fun because I just stumbled across this: there’s no such thing as earthquake weather.
Project Earth’s Black Box will record and store climate data in a large monolith for decades in a remote area of Tasmania for the purposes of documenting climate-induced collapse. There’s some question as to the feasibility of long-term data storage for this purpose, but I suppose the project has time to get that figured out.
The world has 268.7 million COVID cases. The world has gained 4.3 million cases in the last week. There have been over 5.3 million deaths in total. The US has had a cumulative 50.5 million cases—over 800,000 cases were added in the last week. Over 815,000 Americans have died—over 8,400 in the last week. The US added 129,000 new cases Wednesday, and over 107,000 by late afternoon Thursday. The US is still leading global daily case gain followed by India, Brazil, the UK, and Russia.
The Omicron variant is worrying because it’s an escape variant. Immunity from previous infection with virtually any other variant will not do much for folks. Even being double-vaccinated won’t do much for folks. Previous infection plus one vaccine seems to be more protective, and those who have had three doses will definitely do better than those with two or fewer. Preliminary statistics on deaths from areas where Omicron is growing are not showing a huge spike in deaths (yet), so it MAY be slightly less dangerous in that respect:
— Janine Kimpel (@JanineKimpel) December 8, 2021
The FDA has given authorization for 16- and 17-year-olds to get 3rd doses of Pfizer. With Omicron spreading quickly this is quite timely:
FDA authorizes Pfizer boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds https://t.co/TSgWKVFzGO
— CNET (@CNET) December 9, 2021
The pandemic virus has been shown capable of attacking fat tissue and eliciting inflammatory responses from that attack. It’s possible it’s one of the places the virus hides in the body. It might also be why overweight and obese people face higher risks from getting COVID.