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BBC (June 22)

2020/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle “hit an all-time record on Saturday, reaching a scorching 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, a Siberian town.” In contrast, the average high is just 20 degrees. “Recent months have seen abnormally high temperatures” in the Arctic, which “is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average.”


Orlando Sentinel (June 21)

2020/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Florida reported 3,494 new coronavirus cases Sunday, continuing the streak of an increase in statewide infections as the caseload total tops 97,000.” New cases were down from Saturday’s “record high” of 4,049 new daily infections.


Bloomberg (April 13)

2020/ 04/ 15 by jd in Global News

“OPEC+ group of countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, finally agreed to a record cut in their oil production in response to the coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand. But the deal will come under pressure when the world becomes a more normal place again.” When demand returns, “the great battle for market share between the Americans, the Saudis and the Russians will probably restart.”


BBC (January 15)

2020/ 01/ 17 by jd in Global News

“According to Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office, last year was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850.” Moreover, “the past five years were the hottest in the 170-year series” and “the Met Office says that 2020 is likely to continue this warming trend.”


ABC News (December 18)

2019/ 12/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Australia has sweltered through its hottest day on record as the ongoing heatwave starts to bite across parts of the country. The Bureau of Meteorology says the national average for yesterday was 40.9 degrees, eclipsing the previous record set just six years ago. But forecasters say the record could be broken again, with the heat set to intensify over the next two days.”


BBC (December 6)

2019/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, “raised a record $25.6bn (£19.4bn) in its initial public offering in Riyadh. The share sale was the biggest ever, surpassing that of China’s Alibaba which raised $25bn in 2014 in New York.” When trading begins, it will become “the most valuable listed company in the world,” valued at $1.7tn based on the IPO.


Reuters (July 8)

2019/ 07/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Europe’s data police have new fangs that are turning out to be pretty sharp. British Airways was told on Monday it faced a 183 million pound penalty for the theft of customer information from its website last year.” The record hacking fine did reward BA for coming forward and owning up to the breech. Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the penalty could have been up to “4% of global revenue. Yet the fine announced by the ICO amounts to 1.5% of British Airways’ 2017 sales.”


Reuters (September 24)

2018/ 09/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Hedge funds are betting big against sterling, the most since May last year. And following last week’s Brexit debacle in Salzburg, that bet will probably be even bigger now, closing in on the largest on record.”


Gizmodo (December 11)

2017/ 12/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Over the past year, Australia released an estimated 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in greenhouse gases,” excluding unreliable estimates for land use-related emissions. This marks a new record for down under and places Australia as one of “the worst polluters per capita among countries in its class.”


Fortune (November 27)

2017/ 11/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Mumbai International Airport handled a combined 969 flights on Friday. That’s more than any other airport that operates a single runway has ever handled over a 24-hour period.” With 1,000 flights a day in sight, Mumbai is experiencing rising demand and India is soon “set to be world’s third largest aviation market after China and the United States.”


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