Covid-19 paused climate emissions — but they’re rising again

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It’s been more than a year since the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic. One of the fewer positive effect of this pandemic was the drop of emissions as cars kept their engines off and planes were left stranded at the airport, or at least, that’s what we thought.

By May 2020, a landmark study combined government lockdown policies and activity data from around the world to predict as much as a 7% fall in CO2 emissions by the end of the year, a figure later confirmed by the Global Carbon Project.

Climate Change denial in the United States: Global Warming as a political stance rather than an evident reality

The new way for right-wing politicians and big industries to do away with peaceful environmentalist protesters, seems to be through legislation. A new bill that considers any oil, gas, coal, or plastics facilities as “critical infrastructure” and adds aggressive new penalties for vague charges of trespassing or tampering, is currently awaiting approval in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana.

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According to free-speech experts, it was the violent Jan. 6 Capitol riot that instigated these new restrictions. …

How filter bubbles contribute to the political divide in the U.S.

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Have you been wondering why the news you get on social media is so drastically different from the news your conservative grandma gets? I present to you filter bubbles.

Filter bubbles — a term formulated by internet activist Eli Pariser — are online echo chambers. Filter bubbles are created by algorithms using personalization tools from companies like Facebook and Google that isolate us from opposing viewpoints. Both social media and search engines offer these filter bubbles generated by algorithms that determine which content you’re most likely to engage with rather than the most accurate or complete source of information.


Lindsey Varkevisser

International Politics major at AUP in Paris. Nature lover.

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