A new Columbia University study predicts that heat-related deaths in New York City could increase by one-third in the coming decades, thanks to climate change. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that over the last few years, the weather has gotten more extreme
Your economist friend is probably not your best source of advice when it comes to the stock market.
It’s curtains for the radio network founded by doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who predicted that the end of the world would happen two years ago. Although more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times, they appear to be leery of putting a date and time on the apocalypse; last December, only 2% of Americans said the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, would happen by the end of the year.
Why have civil unions lost momentum? At the Monkey Cage, Dr. Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox explore shifts in public opinion on civil unions over the past decade.
Pablo Pantoja, the RNC’s State Director of Florida Outreach, wrote an open letter announcing that he is switching his political allegiances to the Democrats in the wake of the Heritage Foundation’s recent report on immigration reform, co-authored by a researcher who had previously suggested that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee takes to the pages of the New York Times to explain why he supports his state’s Marriage Equality Act. With the passage of this new legislation, New England has become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states have legalized gay marriage.
If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support?
If Rhode Island legalizes gay marriage, it will make New England the first region where all states have legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Is atheism only for the upper class? Research Director Daniel Cox parses the demographic data among the religiously unaffiliated.
Women in Israel are continuing to struggle against ultra-Orthodox restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall, although a deal may be in sight. The dispute has inspired a great deal of negative attention from the American Jewish community, who tend to sympathize with the women, rather than the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. A majority (53%) of American Jews agree that ultra-Orthodox control of life in Israel is a major problem. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!)