Thursday, August 25 2022

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This combines the most extreme intensity with the most extreme length with an incredibly huge area all at the same time…There is nothing in world climatic history which is even minimally comparable to what is happening in China.

That’s what scientists are saying about the heatwave sweeping across China for the past 72 days—and shows no signs of cooling down. Hundreds of places have reported temperatures of more than 40°C (104°F), and many records have been broken across cities. The highest temperature recorded: 45°C on August 18.


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Big Story

The NDTV drama: The high price of media debt

The TLDR: Gautam Adani may soon own India’s remaining independent TV channel—just 8 years after his rival Mukesh Ambani took control of the other television empire, Network 18. The real villain here is the crippling amounts of debt run up by the owners. Sooner or later, you gotta pay the piper.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • An important note for splainer subscribers 
  • Just deserts for a Kerala judge
  • An improved sex ratio in Punjab and Haryana
  • The world’s first hydrogen trains
  • California set to ban the sale of new gasoline cars 
  • Eating insects are good for the environment
  • Less sleep, more selfish!
  • Facebook’s weird glitch 
  • The disappearance of ‘Avatar’ 


Sanity Break

  • 'Hu' from the album Junun


Reading Habit

  • A list of new releases
  • Quick fixes, aka a few varied recommendations


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