The Statistic

20th January, 2022
Amount of global energy consumed globally by data extraction: Almost 10 per cent
Source: UNESCO

 

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Moments

21st January, 2022
PASSED: France's parliament, an opposition-led motion asking the government to condemn China for "crimes against humanity and genocide" against its Uyghur Muslim minority and to take foreign policy measures to make this stop.
CHARGED: Four Belarusian government officials, in the United States with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair flight last May to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist who was on board.
RETURNED: To Syria, five Roman artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra, a site damaged during Syria's decade-long conflict, by a private Lebanese museum where they had been on display since 2018.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on The Conversation, JACK HEINEMANN, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, looks at the history of the Doomsday Clock...

In an article first published on The Conversation, academics ATAL AHMADZAI and FATEN GHOSN say that five months after the Taliban again took power in Afghanistan, a clearer image of the human rights and personal freedoms situation is emerging...

In an article published on The Conversation, DALE DOMINEY-HOWES, professor of hazards and disaster risk science at the University of Sydney, looks at what events on Tonga reveal about the risks to global communication systems...

They Said It

"I wouldn't do it again. There's been amazing moments, but then there's been moments where I had fear for my life."
- Nineteen-year-old British-Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford who has become the youngest woman ever to fly solo around the globe after a journey that last five months including some extensive delays due to weather (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

20th January, 2022
Hundreds of "Trump prophets" predicted that former President Donald Trump would win a second term. While a few have since acknowledged they were wrong, others have not. Read JULIA DUIN's report on Newsweek...

 

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The Word Explained

20th December, 2021
Noel: From the Latin word nasci meaning to be born, hence the Christmas connection.

 

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