In case you haven't noticed, big things are happening in the world of water. Just last year, Americans stepped up to ask their government to pass legislation that prioritizes water, sanitation and hygiene for people with exceptional need—and it did. Shortly after, jaws dropped as business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates made a point of drinking water distilled from human feces. And this week, heads are turning yet again as 11 of the world's most well-known corporations team up with two of the world's most influential organizations in the WASH and freshwater conservation communities to voice their support for the most ambitious, yet achievable, stand-alone goal on water and sanitation that the world has ever seen.
The world is sleeping with one eye open and that eye is directed toward the current situation in West Africa. News outlets have been delivering up-to-the-minute reports regarding new cases of Ebola within their backyards. In the U.S., there are similar stories. Recently, President Barack Obama met with Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola after treating the recently-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan. However, this kind of intense coverage can excite panic and lead to unnecessary policies to deal with a small risk for the general population.
From the racial wealth gap to excessive fees, high college costs, paydaylending, the minimum wage, and Native American issues to the NFL and domestic violence, preparing boys to be good fathers, and life skills for black boys, 34 op-eds cover a wide spectrum of topics people are talking about. Read them at our Storify summary:
The second week of September was “back to school” time for members of Congress. They arrived on the steps of Congress with their new backpacks, sack lunches, and a slew of legislation to get through before the Lame Duck session.
Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are "normal weight" if your ratio is between 18.5-24.9. Everything over that is "overweight" or "obese" and everything under is "underweight."
"What is it that I want?"
Jane Van Galen asked herself this question after reading a gushing profile of an "island cabin" in The Seattle Times. It begins: "Lots of folks have lots of reasons for wanting their own piece of land out of town" and quotes one of the new cabin's owners who, when pregnant, came to realize: "I can't raise a child just in the city ... I wanted woods, salamanders and pileated woodpeckers."
Trina Shanks from The University of Michgan and Tiffany Miller from the Center for American Progress discussed how the achievement gap leads to a wealth gap.