Lucky for me, I live in Canada, the land of universal health care, a budget surplus, and maybe the most financially sound banks in the world. According to Reuters Canada has the top banks in the world, which allows us to be at ease while the rest of the world shakes as the US economy topples. But as sound as our banks can get, it seems that us Vancouverites are at the bottom of the barrel. The gas prices in Vancouver right now are quite low compared to what it has been over the summer, but it turns out that on average, the gas in Vancouver is 10 cents more than the gas in Toronto. Luckily oil prices continue to drop, with the price at $80/barrel, prices are expected to drop some more, and hopefully gas prices will once again be under $1. These events I think are things everybody should know about, as they truly do affect everybody. There is nothing worse than a person who knows nothing about what is going in the world around them.
On a more scientific note, this organism seems to have been discovered to be an ecosystem all by itself. Also, here is an article about the effects of the other CO2 problem, acidity in the oceans.