Newsletter of Oct 7, 2021

A South African company emits more sulfur dioxide than anyone in the power sector

Eskom, the South African electricity producer emits more sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant causing acid rain, than the power sectors of the United States and China combined. Read More

Leisure time declines in OECD countries

Time allocated to leisure decreased by 1.5 hours per week for a full-time worker between the 1970s and the 2010s, on average in the 14 OECD countries for which data are available, the report shows. More time dedicated to childcare and blurred boundaries between work and leisure would be the cause. The Financial Times

The United States published the number of nuclear missiles

As of September 2020, the U.S. stockpile of consisted of 3,750 nuclear warheads, the lowest number since 1967. In 1967, they had 31,255 warheads, the peak of its stockpile, and 22,217 in 1989 when the Berlin wall fell. After 2018, Trump had considered it was a military secret and stopped sharing the figures. Biden wants to add transparency in order to resume arm control talks with Russia.

South Pole: its coldest season ever recorded

South Pole recorded its coldest season with an average temperature of -78 F (-61 Celsius) degrees over the past six months. The coldest season recorded dated back to 1957. Antarctica is still warming on the longer term. The Washington Post

A Palestinian prisoner began a hunger strike

Last month, six Palestinians escaped from an high-security Israeli prison after having dug a tunnel. It embarrassed Israel and was celebrated as a victory in Palestine. Within two weeks, all of them were rearrested. One has now begun a hunger strike to denounce harsh isolation conditions. Al Jazeera

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