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Friday, June 26 2020


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We’re committed to a skin care portfolio that's inclusive of all skin tones, celebrating the diversity of beauty. That’s why we’re removing the words ‘fairness’, ‘whitening’ & ‘lightening’ from products, and changing the Fair & Lovely brand name.

That’s Unilever tweeting out the end of an era—at least in the naming of products that reflect our society’s bias against dark skin. We don’t know if this ‘big change’ will amount to more than removing a label like ‘light’ and ‘ultra light’ from cigarette boxes. After all, the product itself is a skin lightening cream. And rumours are that the new name will be ‘Glow & Lovely’. Point to note: ‘glow’ is already a well-established synonym for fair in India. Indian Express reports on responses to the move. Illustration: Parth Savla.

the big story

The Arctic is burning up!

The TLDR: Over this week, parts of Siberia recorded the highest ever temperatures—reaching 38°C, kinda like Delhi right now! The immediate reason is a prolonged heatwave. However, scientists say that the rapidly heating polar caps indicate what lies ahead for the entire planet.

 

How hot did it get this year?

Very hot and—more importantly—for a prolonged period of time. It’s important to note that heat waves are a normal part of Arctic weather. However, they usually do not last long.

 

This year, the temperature has been nearly 6°C above average since December. In May, the average was still 10°C above average—an event “that would be likely to occur only once in 100,000 years.” As one climate scientist puts it: “It has been really bizarre to see… The pattern—it really stands out.”

 

So this is climate change, right?

 

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