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February 22, 2021
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Indiana Environmental Reporter

IU and Hoosier communities partner with green projects to cut carbon emissions

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is the goal of an Indiana University and Hoosier government partnership that also aims to help communities measure and manage the gases that contribute to climate change. Nine Hoosier communities and IU have teamed up to carry out such projects this year. This is the third phase of a program started by IU's Environmental Resilience Institute. "This program is important because it gives local government resources at a low cost, and training and the staff capacity through our partnership with Sustain IU," explained Andrea Webster, who serves as ERI's implementation manager. "We give them all these things, so they can do climate work, prepare for climate change and reduce emissions."

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The Wall Street Journal

Some Democratic lawmakers push for wealth tax on New York billionaires

New York state lawmakers are considering an unprecedented form of wealth tax as they search for revenues to plug a budget hole exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. ... David Gamage, a professor at Indiana University law school who helped draft (Sen. Jessica) Ramos' bill, said the proposal was constitutional in New York because it taxed changes in the value of assets, not simply the value of assets themselves. He said the valuations were possible because the number of affected taxpayers was likely below 200. "It's only in recent years that governments around the world have started to realize that our existing tax rules aren't working as applied to the superrich, so that reforms are needed," he said.

Indiana Public Media

Trust is key to combat COVID vaccine hesitancy, experts say

Ross Silverman, a health law and policy professor at Indiana University (Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI), says some members of the Black community have a mistrust of the medical system. "You know, there's a long distance between some people in trust, based on experience, personal experiences, as well as history," he says. "And so we have to respect that." Silverman, who sits on a committee that advises officials on the vaccine rollout plan, says some of that mistrust comes from systemic racism in the medical field. That includes the infamous Tuskegee experiment, which denied penicillin treatments to syphilis patients. He adds, "We can tell you, 'When the vaccine becomes available, I'm gonna get it, my family's gonna get it.' And we need to make sure that folks hear from people that they similarly trust, that are going to come to the same conclusion."


The second wave of COVID-19 cases appears to be about over. What's the next worry?

Fewer Hoosiers -- a lot of them -- are being sickened, hospitalized and killed by COVID-19. Numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health are all headed in the right direction. But there are concerns that new forms of the virus will spread and instead of turning a corner, Indiana's numbers will take a turn for the worse. ... "I think this is the beginning of the end. I don't know if we've turned the corner yet," said Thomas Duszynski, an epidemiologist at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. "What these numbers are telling me is that we are doing the right things. Two, we can (get) control of the pandemic by doing these right things."

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