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Your World This Week, Volume XVI

Umpqua Shootings

Police search students outside Umpqua Community College after a mass shooting on October 1.
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Infectious Disease Doctor Seeks To Treat Gun Violence As A Medical — Not Just Social — Issue

As politicians look to legislation to reduce gun violence in the United States, Dr. Gary Slutkin proposes that we view violence as an infection — and one that can be treated through someone known as an “interrupter.”

The interrupter treatment, or the application of trained health professionals in epicenters of violence to mediate a potentially deadly situation, is meant to “interrupt the transmission” of violence to a given population, Slutkin said. These individuals enter a situation in order to understand the infected individual; not judge or alienate them.

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Video Of The Day: An Island Where Climate Change Is Being Lived Right Now

For those in the United States who actually believe in climate change, we tend to speak of it as an existential threat. Sure, its menace can be measured by analyzing increases in sea level heights, temperatures and the rate of glacial ice melts, but the phenomenon remains just that: an abstraction, something currently unfelt by us, and therefore something unknown.

The same cannot be said for Tuvalu, an island nation in the south Pacific. A symbol of the unequal impacts of climate change, Tuvalu is just one of 22 South Pacific island states, which approximately seven million people call home.

Together, these nations emit a mere .06 percent of global greenhouse gases, whose extended presence in the atmosphere contributes to the planet’s increasing warmth. And yet, these individuals are reported as being three times more vulnerable to climate change than their Northern peers. Indeed, experts have estimated that by 2050, Tuvalu will be uninhabitable.

Watch as Panos Pictures explores the very real, very human impacts of climate change — an irrevocable loss of land, but also of language, culture and history — happening now in the South Pacific.

“Dear Abby’s” Best Response To An Advice Seeker

Dear Abby

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In 1979, famed advice columnist Abigail “Dear Abby” van Buren received a letter from someone whose name was published as “Up in Arms.” In the letter, “Up in Arms” expressed his or her concerns about an “odd” male couple who had recently moved into the neighborhood and their equally sordid guests, which included “blacks,” “Indians” and “men who look like women.”

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