Congo Deforestation Due To Armed Conflict, Greta Thunberg in Germany, China’s Population Issue & More – Weekly News

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  1. In 2022, almost no place on Earth was colder than normal. The eighth warmest December ensured that 2022 remained a record-breaking warm year. Despite a clear trend of global warming, CO2 emissions were at their highest in 2022.
  2. China experienced a decrease in population after a gap of 61 years. Birth control, first state-driven and then market-driven, explains China’s population trajectory. China’s second-rank in the world economies is one of the direct consequences of depopulation for the country.
  3. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was detained by police on Tuesday at an anti-coal protest in Germany, two days after she was removed from the same site. Thousands of protesters have descended on Lützerath, in western Germany, in recent days.
  4. People are cutting down trees in a famous national park in Congo to survive. Over 200 hectares of forest have been destroyed in Virunga National Park in just two months. This is happening in an area where many people from Congo have gone to escape fighting between rebels and the military.
  5. The world’s oldest known person died aged 118. French nun Lucile Randon, known as Sister Andre, was born in southern France on February 11, 1904, and died in her sleep. Guinness World Records officially acknowledged her status in April 2022.
  6. The 2022 Annual State of Education Report (ASER) found a sharp drop in reading ability. The report found that the basic ability of young children to read text dropped to the lowest level since 2012. The report shows that the gradual improvement in comprehension levels noted in Indian students from 2014 to 2018 was undone during the pandemic.

Govind Tekale

A retired teacher at Sainik School Kazhakootam, besides his lifelong reading passion he is now an avid writer.

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