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Watching the World Burn: Why are there so many wildfires in the US

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While it might seem like a long time ago, 2020 began with wildfires across Australia, burning over 72,000 square miles of land. While small bushfires are common in Australia during this period, the 2020 fires (also known as “Black Summer”) were particularly unusual due to its widespread nature, and it’s extended duration, along with the …

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Political Unrest and a Pandemic: What’s the future for international law firms in Hong Kong?

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A rundown of what’s going on in Hong Kong On 1 July 1997, there was an official handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China as Hong Kong was a former British colony. There was an agreement in 1984 to be in place until 2047 between Britain and China to introduce “One country, Two systems.” …

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Snapshot: China’s air pollution halved during lockdown.

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NASA’S analysis saw a drastic reduction in nitrogen dioxide as a result of burning less fossil fuels due to a strict lockdown of the epicentre of the pandemic. China is known to be the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, causing China’s use of fossil fuels to be central in tracking climate change.  With such …

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Snapshot: Nightingale Courts erected to cure justice

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The government has found a solution to reduce the insurmountable build-up of cases due to COVID-19. Recent data released by the Ministry of Justice shows that the Magistrates’ Courts face a backlog of 480,000 cases and crown courts at about 41,000. The temporary Nightingale Courts can be found in 10 locations around England and Wales …

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Snapshot: The Beirut explosion – the aftermath for Lebanon

Disaster struck in Lebanon, specifically Beirut, on 4th August 2020. An unexpected, yet lethal, explosion occurred in Beirut, killing at least 200 people and injuring 5000 others. Reports also stated that the enormous explosion also led to over 300,000 people homeless. The explosion sent a mushroom cloud into the air and a blast-wave radiating through …

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Why won’t Britons wear a mask like everyone else?

From 24 July, face coverings were made compulsory in enclosed public places in England. This adds to the government’s existing rules of wearing a mask when using public transport enforced on 15 June. Recent legislation made by the English government gives police the power to ensure that wearing a face covering on public transport is …

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Snapshot Update: Yemen’s humanitarian crisis exacerbates health concerns

Yemen, According to the United Nations, is currently suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.  Since 2015, Yemen has been a country ravaged by war resulting in the breakdown of public entities that provide resources. Millions of people are without basic resources such as shelter, food, sanitation, and running water.  Save the Children estimates 85,000 children …

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Snapshot Update: ‘Triple Lock’ pensions under threat

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A new proposal by Rishi Sunak could do away with the triple lock on pensions to ease the pressure on the treasury in responding to the pandemic. The triple lock increases pensions in line with the rising cost of living seen in the CPI measure of inflation, increasing average wages, or 2.5%, whichever of those …

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Snapshot Update: Botswana’s perishing Elephants

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It’s a major mystery as to how and why so many elephants have been found dead in Botswana over the past few months. More than 350 elephants have died and it was reported that by mid-June, the deaths became more explicit due to elephant carcasses clustered around waterholes. Many scientists and other animal experts presume …

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