Floods and droughts
Jul 18, 2022

Floods and droughts

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We have a few stories about economics and water for you to ponder today.

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Lending is strong as borrowers tap their credit

Jul 18, 2022
Banks are reporting increased lending to both consumers and businesses.
People have been spending more on their credit cards, and some are using buy-now, pay-later services, says Andrew Davidson with Comperemedia.
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U.S. schools are rebuilding on safer ground to combat flooding and climate change

Jul 18, 2022
Thousands of schools are located in areas subject to flooding, a Pew study says. Rebuilding puts schools in competition for safer land.
Needing to rebuild and re-purchase supplies after a flood can be very expensive for schools and their communities, said Matt Casale with the Public Interest Research Group. Above, volunteers clean a school in Houston after flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. 
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One way out of a drought? Technology that makes water potable.

Jul 18, 2022
The California communities of Santa Monica and Avalon are conserving water but also using desalination to increase the supply.
The touristy beach town of Avalon, on California's Catalina Island, used to have severe drought restrictions. Now it uses desalination to make saltwater into freshwater.
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Homebuilders' confidence in housing market plummets

Jul 18, 2022
The National Association of Home Builders' latest survey also shows that 13% of builders reported cutting prices.
In the NAHB's July survey, 13% of builders reported cutting prices to encourage sales.
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New gun control law puts emphasis on mental health

Jul 18, 2022
There's a disconnect between mental health funding and who actually commits mass shootings. The greatest effect may be on suicides.
The new law includes funding and legislation for mental health facilities. But only 3% to 5% of violent acts are committed by people with serious mental illnesses.
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Lab billing operations add to rural hospital woes, leaving some on life support

Jul 18, 2022
For rural communities, the loss of hospitals means no access to nearby emergency care and the loss of health care jobs.
Rural hospital closures have increased during the pandemic. Many hospitals were run by  lab companies that left difficult financial and legal problems behind.
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Music from the episode

The Medium Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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Fail Safe William Tyler

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer