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India's coal addiction

India is shifting to renewables. More than half the country’s energy comes from burning coal, but that’s slowly changing. Exclusively for Quartz members, our new field guide explores how India might shed its coal habit, and offer valuable insights to countries facing similar disruptive climate, economic, and technological issues. ✦

The world can learn from India trying to deal with its coal addiction

Akshat Rathi's deep dives into energy are some of my favorite stories on qz.com. Check out his State of Play covering India's coal usage, and the unique challenges it faces as it tries to switch to renewables.

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal

India’s biggest motivations to keep burning coal boil down to:

1. Large domestic coal reserves with very little gas or oil

2. Decades of coal hegemony in the national energy mix (by now there’s lots of cash tied up in coal-fired power plants, the train system is mostly dependent on revenue from coal transport, etc.)

One crucial statistic is that an average resident here uses up only 1/10th of the electricity consumed by an average American (India has among the lowest per capita emissions). The Indian government justifies coal as a necessity to improve energy access to millions of poor citizens—but they are also the worst-hit due to pollution and land rights disputes that come with coal mining and coal-fired stations.

Gaming in China

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Violent clashes in Hong Kong continued… A rally on the 20th weekend of protests turned chaotic, as protesters and police faced off amid tear gas and firebombs. Police sprayed demonstrators with a noxious blue liquid, also hitting a mosque, the Hong Kong Free Press reports.

Video: Hong Kong police accused of targeting mosque with water cannon blue dye as communities conduct clean-up | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same

My architect friend, the vice president at AIA Hong Kong, has worked on a redevelopment project, which includes refining the street pavements. The protesters peeled off those bricks to use them as a weapon. His project was destroyed.

The number of tourists dropped by over 40% comparing to the same month last year, which consists of 5% of GDP. For China, Hong Kong is not as economically significant as in the past, and maybe hoping Hong Kong to shrink its presence slowly. Unlike Tiananmen, the government cannot act violently because people monitor and share the information well, but people are also monitored well in China that this Chaos won't be spread to the ​mainland anyways.

…and rallies spurred Lebanon to adopt reforms. The prime minister and coalition partners agreed to implement measures to deal with the country’s economic crisis, the BBC reports, after protests that erupted, in part, over a plan to tax WhatsApp calls.

Lebanon's mass revolt against corruption and poverty continues

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed

This Guardian take on Lebanon protests isn’t the strongest out there, starting with the implication that a WhatsApp tax sent Lebanese on to the streets. It is also baffling that in a country where women are largely fearless, vocal and heard (there is a viral meme of a woman protester kicking an armed government bodyguard in the groin), this reporter only managed to give voice to one woman, anonymously. Is the Guardian’s photo choice of Lebanese women posing - as if in beauty contest - a fair reflection of what’s happening on the ground? I ask not as a Middle East expert (b/c I’m not), rather, as a journalist who called Beirut home for more than a few years. Quartz - here’s a better option for #LebanonProtests 101: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/18/lebanons-protests-wildfires-tell-same-grim-story/

Double trouble

Digital India... where allowed

Kashmiris are adapting to life without internet. India’s government enforced a draconian communications blackout almost 80 days ago, but residents in the disputed territory are managing. They’re using landlines, delivering messages via scooters, and getting satellite TV.

How Kashmiris are adapting to everyday life without the internet

This situation is utterly extraordinary. Nearly three months without internet, and only limited cellphone availability, as a blunt, likely counterproductive crowd control measure in a disputed, mostly Muslim region that’s a huge problem for the Hindu nationalist central government. A problem that the

This situation is utterly extraordinary. Nearly three months without internet, and only limited cellphone availability, as a blunt, likely counterproductive crowd control measure in a disputed, mostly Muslim region that’s a huge problem for the Hindu nationalist central government. A problem that the prime minister and other key figures are, seemingly, neither equipped nor willing to solve in a sensitive, nuanced manner. How long can the leaders of the world’s biggest democracy keep this up?

The Supreme Court docket

US businesses urge the Supreme Court to protect Dreamers. As hundreds of thousands of immigrants wait for the court to decide their fate in a case next month, Apple and other companies earning “trillions annually” argued that Dreamers are vital to their work.

Apple and US businesses earning “trillions annually” urge SCOTUS to protect Dreamers

The US Supreme Court is going to piss off some powerful people when it decides the fate of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and now contribute to society. Whether it'll be the US president, who wants to rescind immigration protections for them, or Apple chief Tim Cook

The US Supreme Court is going to piss off some powerful people when it decides the fate of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and now contribute to society. Whether it'll be the US president, who wants to rescind immigration protections for them, or Apple chief Tim Cook, who argues Dreamers are vital to innovation and the economy, is unclear. What's certain is that the justices will hear arguments on this controversial matter shortly.

A US Supreme Court case could unravel consumer protections. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a legal challenge from conservatives, bankers, and its own Trump-appointed leadership that might undo its work since its creation in 2010.

A new Supreme Court case could unravel financial protections for US consumers

Last week, SCOTUS agreed to hear a case challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure. That might not sound too compelling but the matter could unravel nearly a decade of work done by the agency created to protect Americans from predatory bankers and lenders.

Millions

Last week, SCOTUS agreed to hear a case challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure. That might not sound too compelling but the matter could unravel nearly a decade of work done by the agency created to protect Americans from predatory bankers and lenders.

Millions of people have been helped and billions of dollars collected by the agency but, under the Trump administration, the CFPB is now arguing against itself in the Supreme Court, siding with challengers who were being investigated by the bureau.

Africa online

It will take $100 billion to get broadband to all Africans by 2030. To bring an additional 1.1 billion people online, investors, industry, and government will need to expand city infrastructure and create satellite networks to reach rural areas.

It will take $100 billion spent over the next decade to get broadband to all Africans by 2030

The reality is this venture is a not all African Nations have the GDP that would entice private investment. Plain and simple.

The most important issue here to solve is how those companies offering the access are going to develop both standard and capabilities of this broadband for an entire continent.

Africa has struggled through centuries: defending from outsiders and preserving its own way of life, linked undeniably to

The most important issue here to solve is how those companies offering the access are going to develop both standard and capabilities of this broadband for an entire continent.

Africa has struggled through centuries: defending from outsiders and preserving its own way of life, linked undeniably to our roots as humanity. As societies all connected between devices, services and data, our responsibilities should prevent the massive digital recollection of personal information from more than 1 billion people living in the place on Earth where our ancestors made the first footprint of what we are now as a specie.

We all want to reach out to the place where life were spotted several years ago., but we need to create safety conditions for all who gets online everyday. Let’s not repeat the flawed models already happening in here, Latin America.

The future of travel

The world's longest flight has landed. The 19-and-a-half-hour ride took passengers, including one exhausted Bloomberg reporter, 10,100 miles (16,200 kilometers) from New York to Sydney.

I Just Took the World's First 20-Hour Flight. Here's What It Did to Me

Longest flight I’ve ever done was Hong Kong to NYC on Cathay. Great airline with wonderful staff in my limited experience. After 10 hours a certain “we’re all in this together” camaraderie developed. I’d jump at a 20 hr flight.

It's an interesting idea but ultimately, I think it may take a toll on people.. People don't have patience and I did a 15 hr non stop flight and even that was brutal. I think Qantas needs to test a flight like this out with regular people to see if this is doable.

Sign. Me. Up!

Although this flight--with all its media and research fanfare--isn't that far off the longest flight currently in operation. It's only 40 minutes longer than the 19-hour ones today.

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to reduce the length of New York to Sydney is a different project altogether I guess.

At the president's houses

Donald Trump decided not to host the G7 summit at his hotel. The president blamed his reversal on "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility," but ethics experts say his decision not to award himself a major contract is "a bow to reality."

“A bow to reality”: Trump reverses decision to host G7 at his own resort

Lived in FL and know about the summer there. I highly doubt the G7 Summit would pause for the world leaders to take a dip in the pool. It is pure self dealing and Trump knew it.

The other crazy side note to this is that the Trump location recently had issues. It was reported in the news on MSNBC. The

Lived in FL and know about the summer there. I highly doubt the G7 Summit would pause for the world leaders to take a dip in the pool. It is pure self dealing and Trump knew it.

The other crazy side note to this is that the Trump location recently had issues. It was reported in the news on MSNBC. The location had sanitation issues with food and other things. In knowing this, why would he choose there and Mick Mulvaney was out there stating “It was truly the best place we could find”.

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic leaders is totally unsupportable, even putting aside the critical issue of presidential self-dealing. And it seems that even Trump must bow to reality sometimes, which is why he is nixing the decision to offer his resort as the locale for the summit. The world's leaders will no doubt be pleased not to have to travel to the heat just to appease this US president.

The best respite from politics is at the White House. On tours of the executive residence, talk of trees and turnips trumps talk of impeachment.

The best respite from politics is at the White House

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly fun being allowed to wander the grounds of the White House with other commoners. Honestly, I was impressed with how pleasant the event was—even Melania Trump's brochure was mild and polite and showed none of the usual Trump bluster, just sweet talk of trees and government.

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People Who Claim to Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours

People Who Claim to Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours

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  • This article is about deception that is mostly self-deception. We see it in politicians, friends, family, ourselves. But, this article should have been expanded more. Any article about just a single study feels like a gaslighter to opinions.

  • We, myself included, are often very proud when we brag about the amount we have worked, and rarely the amount we produced. And when we brag we exaggerate. If you really are consistently working 12 hour weekdays + almost 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday, you’re not living a good life.

  • When I was in college, I spent most summers working 60+ hours/week between multiple jobs and I had the pay stubs to prove it. My dad used to have a cot in his office growing up. I have a brother working 10+ hours/day laying tile, and doing personal jobs in the side. Maybe my family is the exception

    When I was in college, I spent most summers working 60+ hours/week between multiple jobs and I had the pay stubs to prove it. My dad used to have a cot in his office growing up. I have a brother working 10+ hours/day laying tile, and doing personal jobs in the side. Maybe my family is the exception, but to say virtually everyone who says they work 60+ hours/week is lying seems like BS.

  • In the age of connection are we ever really not working? It seems to me that, aside from those times you're actually focused on a particular project with a set deadline—proposal, budgets, forecasts, etc.—work has almost seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of our daily lives; where "work" can be defined

    In the age of connection are we ever really not working? It seems to me that, aside from those times you're actually focused on a particular project with a set deadline—proposal, budgets, forecasts, etc.—work has almost seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of our daily lives; where "work" can be defined as both chunks of allotted time and mere minutes or seconds responding to an email, an instant message or a phone call. You could argue that's what people refer to as being "always on" but it's easy to see how someone could think and believe they're working 70 hours. I'm not going to argue if that's healthy or not, that people should be able to check out and enjoy an evening or a day off, but in these times when industry moves at the speed of digital information, it's probably the best way to stay engaged and, unfortunately, employed.

  • Nobel laureate Daniel Kahnemann in "Thinking Fast and Slow" talks about the estimation errors people make, especially concerning how long things will take... Not surprisingly the same conclusion is backed up by data.

  • Unfortunate that the research did not reveal how much time is typically spent on social media, games or streaming while supposedly working. Given the scores and rankings in Candy Crush and Fortnite oh, it is very difficult to believe that people are spending that many hours working, other than people

    Unfortunate that the research did not reveal how much time is typically spent on social media, games or streaming while supposedly working. Given the scores and rankings in Candy Crush and Fortnite oh, it is very difficult to believe that people are spending that many hours working, other than people like Ninja who take game playing as a job.

  • I’m guessing this doesn’t take into account physical labor type jobs such as construction. I’m at work by 6am and home around 6pm six days a week. Off on Sunday. I know a lot of folks that do the same as I watch them all day. Also, to Mr. Bourne’s statement, it is not a good life.

  • I farm. There are weeks I work well over 60 hours. And I am working. And I fall asleep before I can even eat supper. Come track me and see the truth.

  • Well, I am a commercial truck driver and I have log books that prove that I work an average of 65 hours every 6 days. At that point I have to shut down for 34 hours to reset my DOT regulated work clock. Every over the road truck driver works that much. If they don't they aren't making a living.

  • I don’t know, I had been self employed for 40 years

    In a service type company working with deadlines, there were many weeks I worked 60 and 70 hours

    The small business person with limited staff work tons of hours...

  • Ha. That clearly isn't accounting for all of us who say 75 because it's how we deal with the fact that we're really working 90.

  • I don't think that equivocation is involved. Brains addled by too much work seems a more likely explanation.

  • Unfortunately, for those of us who are forced into the position of working more than one job, it can be relatively easy to clock 60 hours in a week.

  • Before we had kids, my wife regularly worked 70-80hr weeks as a chef. Both in entry level positions early in her career and in executive chef roles later on.

  • Best line: “As George Costanza says, it’s not a lie if you believe it. Do the people who give inaccurate survey answers about their time use know they’re not telling the truth?”

  • Can’t believe I took time away from work to read this article...

    Back to work.

  • Be a chef in a restaurant and see how many hours we work

  • What else is correlated to the 75-hour boast? Would we find higher levels of narcissistic tendencies? Lower productivity per hour? Addictions? Divorces? Fondness for soft rock? I'm curious... brb in 75 hours with answers

  • I love how these work stories are used as proof that everyone is a fake and that it is great to be less into your job. In reality there are lots of people who work hard and produce and do not lie or boast and plenty who are full of hot air. Either way, I am quite certain that if you are feeling miffed

    I love how these work stories are used as proof that everyone is a fake and that it is great to be less into your job. In reality there are lots of people who work hard and produce and do not lie or boast and plenty who are full of hot air. Either way, I am quite certain that if you are feeling miffed or chuffed by this you are taking studies about work too seriously.

  • Define working. Supervisors aren’t necessarily working but they can be really good at delegating and job creation when it helps them get the benefits off the backs of “their” workers. I’ve slaved for others and been paid minimum wage while others profit and get ahead. Being effective is easy when you’re

    Define working. Supervisors aren’t necessarily working but they can be really good at delegating and job creation when it helps them get the benefits off the backs of “their” workers. I’ve slaved for others and been paid minimum wage while others profit and get ahead. Being effective is easy when you’re not actually doing the work and you’re underpaying others who are doing your job for you. #justsaying

  • Interesting. As a documented fact, I taught school, 7 to 3:30,,drove home 20 miles, drove 20 more to a night shift at R.G. LeTourneau, Longview, TX, and slept maybe 3 hours before getting up and driving 20 mikes to work—-wash and repeat. It is amazing what the human body can take if motivated. In 9 weeks

    Interesting. As a documented fact, I taught school, 7 to 3:30,,drove home 20 miles, drove 20 more to a night shift at R.G. LeTourneau, Longview, TX, and slept maybe 3 hours before getting up and driving 20 mikes to work—-wash and repeat. It is amazing what the human body can take if motivated. In 9 weeks, I lost about 25 pounds. I finally gave up the night shift before I killed myself, or someone else in a car wreck.

    One tough MF.

  • That's funny! When I was working as a wrecker operator a year ago I was scheduled for 5-24's (5 days on 24hrs on call) 2 half days & 1 Full day off. I normally would get a nap after the 15-20hr mark. 4am non stop till about 20:00 or 2100 then back at it around 2200 unless it was a holiday then buckle

    That's funny! When I was working as a wrecker operator a year ago I was scheduled for 5-24's (5 days on 24hrs on call) 2 half days & 1 Full day off. I normally would get a nap after the 15-20hr mark. 4am non stop till about 20:00 or 2100 then back at it around 2200 unless it was a holiday then buckle up because your next break is the next day when you have to tell dispatch you ran all night. Then you get 4hrs of sleep.

  • Go home when you're done working. Browse the social medias at home.

  • No doubt many of these people are also counting their 2 hour lunches and the 4 hours 'networking' at the pub after work.

  • With economies becoming more dépendant on knowledge and creativity, and with the ubiquitous presence of technology allowing us access to data and information, it is hard to say constitués working and what does not. Thinking happens all the time—can’t really shut off the problem solving brain. But still

    With economies becoming more dépendant on knowledge and creativity, and with the ubiquitous presence of technology allowing us access to data and information, it is hard to say constitués working and what does not. Thinking happens all the time—can’t really shut off the problem solving brain. But still, balance is important. So yoga helps, as does a good run/walk and a relaxing deep tissue massage. Not to mention relaxing with family and friends.

  • Although this article was fun to read, there are those of us that work 60+ hours a week, including weekends, and have active and meaningful family lives. I even have time to exercise, travel for fun and volunteer at my kids school 1x-2x a month. Granted, I don’t play golf, play video games or go out

    Although this article was fun to read, there are those of us that work 60+ hours a week, including weekends, and have active and meaningful family lives. I even have time to exercise, travel for fun and volunteer at my kids school 1x-2x a month. Granted, I don’t play golf, play video games or go out on the weekends with my buddies, but I definitely prefer this life.

  • Have worked with too many people who have and i have worked way to many of these weeks to be reading crap like this

    Some of you all are on some bullshit reading your comments by the way lmfao

  • ‘The largest overestimates came from the people providing the highest estimates: People who said they typically worked 75 or more hours per week tended to provide diaries reflecting 25 hours’ less work per week than they estimated.’

    Perhaps these people are those that have worked smart (as well as hard

    ‘The largest overestimates came from the people providing the highest estimates: People who said they typically worked 75 or more hours per week tended to provide diaries reflecting 25 hours’ less work per week than they estimated.’

    Perhaps these people are those that have worked smart (as well as hard) and thus the mental toll feels like more time unto itself. Hard to fault someone who is exhausted after a difficult work-week.

  • There is another way to think as well. I taught online classes. I might be logged in, monitoring the class, interacting with students. I could also be feeding the cats, working on the laundry, running the sweeper, dusting. How do I list my time? I can't do some things such as running errands or shopping

    There is another way to think as well. I taught online classes. I might be logged in, monitoring the class, interacting with students. I could also be feeding the cats, working on the laundry, running the sweeper, dusting. How do I list my time? I can't do some things such as running errands or shopping so the 'work' controls my time & choices. I can feel 'overworked' but not be. 24/7 work availability is not 24/7 work; it just feels like it. Ergo 75 hrs not 50.

  • First world “reflection”.

  • There is a difference between time on location and productive work. Most of the respondents are liloly on salary. If you polled small to micro sized business owners you probably would find they understate their time not overstate it. Most business owners don't want to brag they are slaves to their business.