The Statistic

7th December, 2021
Amount of carbon emissions emitted globally due to wildfires this year: 1.76 billion tonnes (a record and equal to more than double Germany's annual CO2 emissions)
Source: European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service

 

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Moments

7th December, 2021
BOYCOTTING: China's Winter Olympics, the US Government which has announced it will not send an official delegation to the Games in objection to China's practices on human rights.
TOOK OFFICE: Austria's third conservative chancellor in two months, Karl Nehammer, on Monday; it comes as more than 40,000 people protested in Vienna on Saturday against the current lockdown and a government plan to make vaccinations compulsory as of February.
DIED: Bob Dole, a Republican US presidential candidate and Senate leader, at the age of 98 following a diagnosis earlier this year of lung cancer.

 

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US scientists MATTHEW SAVOCA, ANNA ROBUCK and LAUREN KASHIWABARA - in an article published on The Conversation, explain why the US needs a national strategy to tackle plastic pollution...

In an article first published on The Conversation, LENA ROSE, a researcher at the University of Oxford, says UK churches have a "very limited role" in the asylum process...

US experts on firearm violence and firearm injury prevention, PATRICK CARTER, MARC A ZIMMERMAN and REBECCAH SOKOL look at the relationship between school shootings and the access of teenagers to firearms in the home...

They Said It

"The legal process against Aung San Suu Kyi appears to have low credibility."
-  Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of Norway's prize awards committee, in a statement after a Myanmar court on Monday found the deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions, and state TV said she will serve two years in detention at an undisclosed location (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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The Word Explained

6th December, 2021
Yuletide: An archaic term for Christmas festivities.

 

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