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🌞 1400GW+ Solar. Graduation Rates. Abortion Medication.

Chart of the Day #93 looks at Graduation Rates, Renewable Energy Capacity, and Abortion Medication.

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India is bracing for its largest power shortfall in 14 years this June, driven by reduced hydropower output. Projections suggest a nighttime deficit of 14 GW. This shortfall is worsened by delays in commissioning 3.6 GW of new coal-fired plants, originally scheduled to be operational by March

Today's Topics

🎓 Graduation Rates. New York’s English learner graduation rate 44% below overall rate
🌞 Renewable Capacity. Global solar energy capacity surpasses 1400GW
💊 Abortion Medication. Abortions through medications accounted for 63% of all abortions in 2023

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🎓 New York’s English Learner Graduation Rate 44% Below Overall Rate

Across the United States in the 2019/20 academic year, English Learner (EL) graduation rates varied among states, with Indiana leading at 89%, followed by Florida at 86%. They also showed high overall graduation rates, both exceeding 90%. However, nationwide EL graduation rates show disparities, with some states lagging behind overall graduation rates, suggesting unequal educational outcomes for the student population. Kansas and North Dakota showed smaller gaps between overall and EL rates, indicating the presence of strong support systems for EL students. Conversely, a significant disparity emerged in New York, where EL graduation rates were 44% lower than the overall rate, highlighting potential limitations in resources dedicated to EL education in that state. 

States experiencing lower EL graduation rates are likely finding difficulty in recruiting qualified bilingual educators, integrating culturally responsive teaching methods, and obtaining sufficient funding for EL support initiatives. These disparities highlight the importance of targeted support and resources to guarantee equitable educational opportunities for all students.

🌞 Global Solar Energy Capacity Surpasses 1400GW

In 2022, the global renewable energy landscape was led by hydropower, with a capacity of over 1200 GW, leveraging its well-established infrastructure. However, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology emerged as the largest contributor with 1412GW added to global renewable energy capacity in 2023. The emergence of solar PV was propelled by the continual decline in solar panel costs, rendering solar energy increasingly affordable and accessible. This accessibility prompted a significant portion of the global population to embrace solar energy solutions, further increasing its cumulative capacity, particularly evident in China, which experienced a notable 55.2% increase in solar capacity in 2023. Onshore wind energy also gained momentum as nations ramped up investments to combat climate change. However, although offshore wind power is considered mature, the cost of generating electricity has increased by over 50%.

Renewable energy sources originating from the marine environment are typically less advanced and firmly established than land-based counterparts and hence contribute the least to the global cumulative energy capacity. Collectively, the three primary renewable energy technologies—hydropower, solar PV, and onshore wind—constituted the majority of global renewable capacity.

💊 Abortions Through Medications Accounted For 63% Of All Abortions in 2023

Medicated abortion is the most common form of abortion in the US, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all abortions. First approved in 2000 by the FDA, Mifepristone (commonly known as the abortion pill) provided a non-traumatic and surgery-free option for those with pregnancies. In 2021, the FDA relaxed restrictions on the drug and allowed patients to get the pill without an in-person appointment, including through mail. Later, in 2023, the FDA approved an over-the-counter (OTC) abortion pill, allowing those who want to terminate their pregnancies to obtain the pill without a prescription. Proceeding with the decision, CVS and Walgreens began distributing the OTC abortion pill in states where it is legal in March 2024. While these past policies have eased the accessibility of the pill, recent efforts to enforce abortion bans and restrictions also restrict access to the pill. Since the standard set by Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, 14 states have enacted near-total abortion bans causing advocates to sue to block bans and restrictions leading to disagreements over abortion access in courtrooms. With the upcoming US presidential elections, uncertainty surrounding abortion may continue to increase.

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