5 Things to Know Today: March 29, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
For those trying to stay informed about what's going on in the world, here are the the things to know today.
1. Reuters: Brexit is actually happening.
The Prime Minister Theresa May, began Britain’s exit from the European Union this morning and declared there’s no turning back now that the process has begun. May has two years to negotiate the terms of their departure before it goes into effect in March 2019. The outcome of these negotiations will not only affect the future of Britain’s economy, but also set a standard for how the EU will respond to other countries who may want to break away as well.
2. Quartz: The Trump Administration would like to thank American prosperity for our relatively healthy environment. Unsurprisingly, that's inaccurate.
These days the White House is fond of claiming that a booming economy is the real secret to environmental health. Though the U.S. does have a cleaner environment than less prosperous countries, this is more likely due to stringent anti-pollution and clean air regulations that have been in place since the 1970s. These regulations are expensive for the government to implement, yet according to studies, economic benefits outweigh the initial costs 30-to-one.
3. Arstechnica: Video games might be good for your mental health.
Researchers found that playing Tetris jumbles the mind’s ability to process and store traumatic memories, which makes them less likely to resurface suddenly as flashbacks. It also can help those struggling with addiction, as the focus required to play the game can distract from cravings.
4. Bloomberg: Budweiser vows to not burn the coal that Trump wants to bring back.
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the Belgian company that owns popular beer brands like Budweiser, plans to be run entirely on renewable energy by 2025. While the announcement came on the same day President Trump signed his executive order to prioritize coal over renewable energy sources, the AB INBev CEO said the announcement was not politically motivated, and is instead just sound business.
5. Midwestern Energy News: Solar jobs double in Ohio as coal employment falls.
Last year, solar jobs accounted for half of the state’s total job growth in Cleveland’s industry sector and produced $1.3 billion in direct sales. Job growth in solar is also spurring growth in other sectors of the economy throughout the county.