What We Read Today 30 August 2014

August 30th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • Losing Ground (ProPublica and The Lens) The Mississippi Delta is disappearing. An unintended consequence of flood control along the Mississippi River is that sediment required to maintain the land in the Mississippi Delta has not been arriving for the last 90 years the way it had for millennia before the 1920s.

Follow up:

Click on map for interactive version at ProPublica.

  • Patient Zero Believed to Be Sole Source of Ebola Outbreak (Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American) Research indicates that repeated exposures to infected wild animals is not the significant factor in human infection. The current outbreak of ebola arose from a single human infection. The animal-to-human transfer is a rare event compared to the rate of human-to-human transfer.
  • Recent articles about Ferguson:

U.N. urges U.S. to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting (Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters)

Three Missouri police officers out of jobs in wake of Ferguson protests (Nina Golgowski, Meg Wagner and Corky Siemaszko, The New York Daily News)

  • Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:

The U.N. says 7 in 10 Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians. Israel disagrees. (William Booth, The Washington Post)

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N. (Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters)

Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom (Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, Foreign Policy)

Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy (Patricia Zengerle, The Washington Post)

Libyan interim government submits resignation (Associated Press, The Washington Post)

U.N. warns of ‘full-blown civil war’ in Libya (Associated Press, The Washington Post)

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers (Nataliya Vasilyeava, Associated Press, MSN News)

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis (Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth, Reuters)

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