Young Americans are less likely to make it to their 50th birthday than any of their rich country peers, according to research highlighted today by the New York Times.
“Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction,” the NYT says. “American men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and American women ranked second to last.”
Taiwan is a better place to be born than the United States, according to The Economist’s Where to be Born Index of countries providing the best opportunities for a “healthy, safe and prosperous life.” The island came in 14th on the list, ahead of the United States in 16th place.
Will climate change make the planet cooler? In a week in which Australian meteorologists added a new color to weather maps to reflect soaring temperatures, the New Scientist notes unpublished research by climate scientist James Hansen saying we should be braced for a cooler but stormier world.
“While it might sound welcome, the temperature differences produced by the ‘iceberg cooling effect’ could lead to even more climate chaos in a world already devastated by extreme weather,” the magazine notes. “Winter storms, for instance, are powered by the temperature differences between the poles and the equator, so there might be storms of unprecedented ferocity.”