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    Daily Digest 1/24 – Good News Friday: First Treatment for Pain Using Human Stem Cells is a Success, Brewery puts faces of shelter dogs on beer cans

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:49 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

New discovery may lead to ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer treatment one day, researchers say (Sparky1)

A team of researchers in the United Kingdom discovered a new type of immune cell that they say could one day be used as a “one-size-fits-all” therapy for most cancers.

Scientists at Cardiff University say they’ve found a T-cell with a new type of receptor that can recognize and kill most cancers. Their findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Immunology on Monday.

Brewery puts faces of shelter dogs on beer cans (jasonw)

A Florida brewery is working to help dogs find their forever homes — by putting their faces on beer cans. Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, Florida, has released a special four-pack of one of its flagship beers this month that features adoptable dogs from a local animal shelter.

Molecule Combo Actually Reverses Arthritis in Human Cartilage and Rats, Says ‘Exciting’ New Study

People with osteoarthritis—“wear and tear” arthritis—have had, in the past, limited treatment options, either pain relievers or joint replacement surgery.

Now, Salk researchers have discovered that a powerful combination of two experimental treatments reverses the cellular and molecular signs of osteoarthritis in rats as well as in isolated human cartilage cells. Their results were published in the journal Protein & Cell earlier this week.

First Treatment for Pain Using Human Stem Cells is a Success; Now Moving Towards Human Trials

Researchers at the University of Sydney have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment.

The next step is to perform extensive safety tests in rodents and pigs, and then move to human patients suffering chronic pain within the next five years.

Energy

Goldman Sachs Unveils $750 Billion Climate Plan For Investing in Solutions, and Vows Never to Support Arctic Drilling

David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions.

New Molecule Can Harvest Energy From Entire Visible Spectrum of Light—And Then Turn It into Hydrogen Fuel

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb energy from the entire visible spectrum of light, meaning it can harness over 50% more solar energy than current solar cells can.

Additionally, it can also act as a catalyst to transform that solar energy into hydrogen—a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.

Environment

Florida is Purchasing 20,000 Acres of Everglade Wetlands to Protect It From Oil Drilling

The state of Florida is purchasing more than 20,000 acres of wetlands in the Everglades in order to protect it from oil drilling.

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reached an agreement that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County for $16.5 million.

Dolphins Are Finally Living and Breeding in the Potomac River Again

About 1,000 bottlenose dolphins have been recorded in the lower reaches of the recovering river, including one that gave birth in August.

When George Washington chose to build his Mount Vernon estate along the Potomac River, he declared the then-pristine body of water “the nation’s river.” At the time, even dolphins were a common sight. In fact, as Karin Bruillard at the Washington Post reports, the porpoises were seen as far upriver as Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1840s.

JetBlue Going Carbon-Neutral in 2020 On All Domestic Flights —The First Major US Airline to Do So

Earlier this month, JetBlue announced that it will begin offsetting carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from jet fuel for all domestic JetBlue flights starting in July 2020, making it the first major U.S. airline to take this step towards reducing its contribution to global warming.

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  • Sat, Jan 25, 2020 - 1:58pm

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    The New Green Road to Serfdom

    https://www.epsilontheory.com/a-new-road-to-serfdom/

    But that’s the whole thing about narrative. It doesn’t matter that the book is measured and cautious about arguing in favor of an expansion of central banking beyond traditional macroprudential activities. It doesn’t matter because a strong narrative means that the media would frame it in a narrative-consistent way. The most shared article referring to that new book? A Forbes article titled “Financial Crisis Sparked by Climate Change Could Leave Central Banks Powerless, Warns New Book.Fear. Fear of what will happen if you don’t hand over power.

    I don’t think we have really seen Step 5 yet. But the language to facilitate it is already floating out there in the ether today, ready for missionaries to seize.


    Before we get much further into “OK, so what do we do about all of this”, I think it’s worth remembering a couple things.

    First, none of this has a mite to do with what you or I think about climate change. I happen to think it’s almost certain it is happening, and that it is far more likely than not that it is anthropogenic. I think it may be a really big deal economically during our lifetimes. I think many of the things that the people quoted here are talking about are real risks. I think some of them can be mitigated, and should be. You might not, and while my default skepticism about modeling of complex systems means I won’t be as supremely confident as some, I’ll still think you’re probably wrong. But again, that doesn’t matter. Not for anything we are talking about here, anyway.

    Second, some of our readers will call me naive, but I think most of these people are well-meaning. Really. The politicians, the media members, the central bankers (okay, maybe not them). This isn’t about evil dictators seeking power.

    But it is also worth remembering that nearly every usurpation of the power of the individual – especially already disempowered and disenfranchised individuals – has come in response to really big threats. Real threats. Often, although not always, through well-meaning response to those threats. Literally any argument being made about climate change and its indirect, but potentially significant, relationship to risks to financial markets could have been made historically about all sorts of big, non-financial events of indeterminate probability and hugely variable, potential extreme severity. Disease epidemics, nuclear war, and global conventional wars all fit the bill. What is being discussed here would materially reduce the autonomy and power of the individual in ways for which they have no non-violent avenue for redress.

    So what do we do? What can we do?

    One thing we can do is ask ourselves, “Why am I reading this now?” Why am I suddenly being told that central banks are a critical pillar to climate change response? Is it because climate change has rapidly emerged from nothingness into the collective zeitgeist in the last year? Is it because we have only conceived the role of green bonds or pricing climate change risk on certain heavily leveraged balance sheets? Really?

    Or is it because – like you see elsewhere in the Zeitgeist right now – anger at inaction in the political arena is boiling over? Is it because the impulse to get a man who can make a plan work is becoming irresistible? Do you feel that way? Or, at the least, are you feeling like others want you to feel that way?

    As a citizen, another thing I would be looking for right now – what I AM looking for right now – is what all these parties have wittingly or unwittingly set the table for: missionary statements trying to stoke the fear of what will happen if we do not immediately begin granting power to central banks and other similarly unfettered policy-making bodies to take matters into their own hands.

    Most importantly, when we see narrative being marshaled to hand over arbitrary power to institutions that are not accountable to us, the people, we can speak up and resist. Resist an extension of the territory granted to central banks beyond traditional, explicitly defined macroprudential activities. Resist extending quantitative easing (and tightening!) to ideologically and environmentally derived rankings of sectors, industries, companies and municipalities.

    And when we agree with the underlying aims of those proposing these ideas, we can remind ourselves that it is not less important that we resist them.

    It is more important.

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