Sam Catherman, The State Column: Carbon credits, or offsetting pollution from one source by preventing it at another, has been around for decades as leaders struggle to address the growing problem of climate change. According to a new report, however, the vast majority of the carbon credits submitted by Russia and Ukraine did not actually correspond to cuts in emissions.
The BBC reports that the offsets created under a UN plan "significantly undermined" efforts to cut down greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, a number of credits may have actually resulted in a 600 million ton increase in CO2 emissions. read more
A Democrat will win the White House next year by the narrowest of margins, according to a well-known election forecaster.
Moody's Analytics is predicting that the Democratic presidential nominee will capture 270 electoral votes in 2016, edging out the Republican nominee's total of 268. The model from Moody's, a group that analyzes economic trends, has a perfect track record, accurately predicting every presidential election since 1980; it nailed the number of electoral votes in President Obama's 2012 victory.
The economics-based election model -- which relies on presidential election results since the 1980 Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter contest -- aims to predict voting decisions based on each state's economic and political situation.
Fox News: A new study reports that chronic marijuana use in teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma. read more
Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions in the state of any wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, on July 16 ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville to see if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold. He was among a number of conservative lawmakers around the country who have called for investigations after an anti-abortion group circulated a video it made secretly showing some of its national officials discussing how they obtain organs from aborted fetuses for research. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions, has said its donations of fetal tissue for research are legal. read more
William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics: Quantum computers require cool, carefully tended environments that are beyond our current technological capabilities. But Massimiliano Di Ventra, a physicist and computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has an entirely different solution. He and a team of his colleagues have just designed and built the first brain-like computer prototype that bypasses certain structural limits of our modern electronics. Called the memcomputer, its the first computer to store and processes info simultaneously. It's announced today in the journal Science Advances. read more