News in Numbers
The estimated number of homes that would have been powered by Nevada’s Battle Born Solar Project, which was scrapped this week by its developers after backlash from residents. The project would have been the nation’s largest array of solar panels and would have provided approximately 10 percent of Nevada’s total energy capacity.
The proportion of unvaccinated Americans who have little to no confidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against variants despite evidence that they do offer strong protection. Nationally, 56.4 percent of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The amount of dead marine life that has been removed from the waters near St. Petersburg, Fla., in the last 25 days due to the red tide crisis. The situation has put many commercial fishermen out of business and the cleanup effort has put a severe financial strain on nearby counties and cities.
The degrees in Fahrenheit that Death Valley, Calif., reached on Sunday amid an intense heat wave pushing across the Western U.S., marking a new record for highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Later in the weekend, a park ranger measured the sidewalk temperature at 178 degrees Fahrenheit.
The amount that California could pay in reparations to thousands of victims who were sterilized after the state deemed them unfit to have children decades ago. California is at least the third state to pay victims of the so-called eugenics movement, but the state’s proposal is also unique because it will also pay female inmates who were forced to get sterilized between 2005 and 2013.
The number of workers at Houston Methodist hospital system who have quit or been fired from their job after they refused to meet the hospital’s vaccination mandate. Approximately 97 percent of the hospital system’s nearly 26,000 employees are fully vaccinated, with 2.4 percent having valid exemption or being granted a deferral.
The number of municipal broadband providers in Ohio that would be prohibited from providing service as long as there was a private-sector company operating in the area under a proposed amendment to a budget bill. The legislation would allow municipalities to provide broadband to only unserved areas, those without access to download speeds of at least 10 mbps, which classifies over 98 percent of the state ineligible. Cleveland has said they would challenge the legislation if enacted.