New global temperature data will inform study of climate impacts on health, agriculture — ScienceDaily

A seemingly small one-to-two degree change in the global climate can dramatically alter weather-related hazards. Given that such a small change can result in such big impacts, it is important to have the most accurate information possible when studying the impact of climate change. This can be especially challenging in data sparse areas like Africa, where some of the most dangerous hazards are expected to emerge.

A new data set published in the journal Scientific Data provides high-resolution, daily temperatures from around the globe that could prove valuable in studying human health impacts from heat waves, risks to agriculture, droughts, potential crop failures, and food insecurity.

Data scientists Andrew Verdin and Kathryn Grace of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota worked with colleagues at the Climate Hazards Center at the University of California Santa Barbara to produce and validate the data set.

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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders schools to inform public about probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued an Emergency Order requiring K-12 school to provide public notice of any probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.

Under the order, local health departments must notify schools within 24 hours of learning about a probable or confirmed case associated with the school. Once the notification is made, the school must provide public notification on a highly visible location on the school’s website that covers the impacted building or location within 24 hours.

The local health departments will also provide direct notification to anyone who is, or is suspected to have been, in close contact with a school-associated case.

Schools are also encouraged to provide information about measures they’ve put into place to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as measures that individuals can take to prevent transmission.

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JPMorgan traders complain that bank doesn’t inform all staff of coronavirus cases at headquarters

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Some JPMorgan Chase traders are upset that they only learned about a coronavirus case in their building last week from press reports, CNBC has learned.

When the bank discovered that an employee on the fifth floor of its Manhattan headquarters had caught Covid-19, it quickly told those who had contact with the worker to quarantine for two weeks. It also fired off a memo on Sept. 13 to workers on that floor letting them know about the case.

But it didn’t tell workers elsewhere in its 47-floor tower at 383 Madison Ave. about the illness, and that irked some of the bank’s traders, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

“Why did I have to read about this in Bloomberg?” said one trader who declined to be identified criticizing his or her employer, referring to an article on the matter.

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