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• The Washington Post reports that “Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious … raising a worrying possibility about the staple food item for billions of humans.”

Scientists have found, the story says, that rice “contains lower levels of key vitamins when grown amid high concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most common of the greenhouse gases driving climate change … The research, conducted in Japan and China, examined 18 rice varieties in outdoor experiments in which the plants were subjected to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million.

“Current concentrations are about 410 parts per million, but they’re growing at about 2 parts per million every year — and could reach the study’s levels in the latter part of this century.”

“If we do nothing, then yes, there is this potential for profound negative impacts on human health,” said Kristie Ebi, a public health researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle and one of the authors of the study.

24/7 Wall Street is out with a list of the nation’s most popular retail businesses, based on foot traffic, sales and store count data.

They are, in order: McDonald’s, Walmart, Subway, Walgreens, Starbucks, CVS, Target, Taco Bell, Dollar Tree, Burger King, Wendy’s, Shell, Home Depot, Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven, the US Postal Service, Dollar General, Lowe’s, Rite Aid, Best Buy, Family Dollar, Applebee’s, Chase, Wells Fargo.
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