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The Big Picture, 2020 sunlight deficit: Daylight ‘Saving’ no more?


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Under Covid lockdowns, outdoor activities give us the opportunity to recharge from being cooped-up at home. But as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, quarantine-weary Americans will have a precious hour of sunlight struck from their schedules, likely intensifying cabin fever. While some states grapple with the idea of eliminating DST altogether, Brian Keane of SmartPower.org explains how Daylight Saving actually impacts home energy consumption, particularly when residential energy use has surged while we’ve been staying at home. Plus, an update on the plight of print media as only a sliver of Americans still turn to newspapers for media consumption. A sharp increase in suicides among active-duty army members has been a grisly side-effect of the pandemic. Iraq War veteran and mental health specialist Matthew Hoh explains why Covid lockdowns have been especially taxing on the already-stressed minds and bodies of Americans in uniform. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 Wounded Warrior Project Resource Center: 888-997-2586 Plus, an update on cable TV subscriptions, which millions of Americans are replacing with streaming services. It turns out that not even a nationwide lockdown may be enough to keep households from cutting the cord!

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