Policy Point of the Day Archive

July 19, 2019

Tenmilliontrees.org reports that 88% of nitrate and 76% of phosphorus is reduced after agricultural runoff passes through a forested streamside buffer. Mature trees absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year. In one year, an acre of forest can absorb twice the CO2 produced by the average car’s annual mileage.

July 18, 2019

A Chainalysis study found that 376 individuals control 33% of the circulating supply of all ether cryptocurrency.

July 17, 2019

The 13th Annual Global Peace Index has ranked the US 128th most peaceful out of 163 nations. Factors included the presence of small arms, terrorism, military expenditures, homicide and incarceration rates, ongoing conflicts, and the overall impact of climate change and violence. Iceland is the most peaceful for the 11th straight year while Afghanistan is the least peaceful.

July 16, 2019

The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 1 of every 3 older Americans fall each year. The number of falls-related deaths for those 75 and older have tripled to more than 25,000 from 2000 to 2016.

July 15, 2019

The State of Tobacco Control has calculated that PA spends more than $6.3 billion annually on healthcare costs due to smoking.