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๐ŸŽ“ 1.4K US University Closures. 800TWh Solar and Wind Power. Chronic Diseases.

Chart of the Day #108 looks at University Closure, Fossil Fuels andย  Chronic Disease .

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UAE's Alterra Climate Fund to mobilize $200B for environmental investments over the next six years to address environmental issues. 4 universities in Taiwan shut down in July due to falling enrollment and financial strain. The trend is expected to continue, with predictions of 40-50 private universities closing or transforming in the coming years.

Today's Topics

๐ŸŽ“ University Closure. ~1,400 US degree-granting postsecondary institutions closed since 1969
๐Ÿ›ข๏ธ Fossil Fuel. Europeโ€™s solar and wind electricity generation up by 800TWh
๐Ÿง‘โ€โš•๏ธ Chronic Diseases. Chronic kidney disease prevalence higher in type 2 diabetes cases

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๐ŸŽ“ ~1,400 US Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions Closed Since 1969

Between 1969 and 2021, 1,363 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States closed, mainly due to financial challenges like declining enrollment and inadequate funding. Demographic shifts, like lower birth rates, are shrinking the pool of traditional college-age students. To counter this, smaller colleges are increasingly targeting international students as a revenue source. Stricter regulations, student financial aid challenges, and government restrictions are pushing some colleges towards mergers instead of closure, while others are adopting alternative educational pathways to remain competitive.

๐Ÿ›ข๏ธEuropeโ€™s Solar and Wind Electricity Generation Up by 800TWh

Solar and wind electricity generation in Europe increased significantly, while fossil fuel usage declined. From 2000 to 2022, solar and wind generation went from a negligible level to over 800TWh, while fossil fuel generation dropped by almost 200TWh. Nuclear and bioenergy remained relatively stable, with minor fluctuations. 

๐Ÿ’‰Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence Higher in Type 2 Diabetes Cases

Germany had the highest mortality rate of chronic kidney disease due to type 2 diabetes (11.2 per 100,000 people). In comparison, Portugal had the highest due to type 1 diabetes (0.7 per 100,000 people) among select European countries. Austria followed Germany with a high type 2 diabetes mortality rate of 8.5 per 100,000 population. Most countries exhibited higher mortality rates for type 2 diabetes compared to type 1, indicating the noticeable impact of type 2 diabetes on chronic kidney disease mortality.

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