The Statistic

30th July, 2021
Amount of surface mass in Greenland lost on 27th July alone: More than 8.5 billion tons
Source: Denmark Meteorological Institute (via CNN)

 

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30th July, 2021
FLOODING: In the remote Afghanistan province of Nuristan, with at least 60 deaths and many more missing.
TO BE FREED: In Mexico, thousands of federal prisoners of any age who were accused of any crime if they had been victims of torture, by 15th September under a decree from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. 
CALLED: US President Joe Biden, for US states to offer $US100 to newly vaccinated people in an effort to address flagging vaccination rates; he also announced a requirement for US federal employees to show proof of vaccination or be subjected to mandatory testing and masking.

 

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Essays

Australian academics ADAM SIMPSON and NICHOLAS FARRELLY, in an article first published on The Conversation, look at the factors behind the worsening COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JOSHUA REISS, a Reader at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London, looks at the evolution of how sound has been recorded and broadcast at successive Olympics...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JOSHUA POWELL, a researcher at UCL in the UK, looks at South Korean efforts to reintroduce bears...

They Said It

“Instead of being identified as victims of a serious human rights violation, victims are being arrested, detained, denied assistance and protection and even forcibly returned to countries of origin because of racial profiling and discrimination at border crossings and in criminal justice systems.”
- Siobhán Mullally, UN-appointed expert on human trafficking, in comments in which she also said “racism, xenophobia and gender-based discrimination are putting the human rights of trafficking victims at risk and enabling those who carry out the illegal trade to continue with impunity"; the statement comes as the UN marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

 

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This Week on the Web

30th July, 2021
Tokyo's homeless community have faced pressure to hide from sight during the Summer Olympics, according to report on the BBC. Watch the report here...

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The Word Explained

26th July, 2021
Great Commandment: To love God and your neighbour, which is the essence of Christianity.

 

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