Disruptions to maize production have far-reaching consequences. Poor harvests threaten to disintegrate indigenous communities and wipe out hardy varieties we may need to breed climate change resistant crops.
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Is the global economy on depression watch? International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva drew some parallels between 2020 and the 1920s, citing the growing inequality gap within countries, tech booms, and a global trade system “in need of a significant upgrade.”the Guardian
Three US airports will start screening for the Wuhan virus. The deadly bug has jumped from China to Japan and Thailand, and the US is attempting to get ahead of it by testing passengers arriving in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco from major Chinese cities.South China Morning Post
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If you’ve seen one impeachment…
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French consumers not spending
Retailers are blaming pension strikes. Two of France’s largest retailers said that public transportation strikes made it difficult for consumers to get around major cities, leading to a dip in sales of consumer goods and a subsequent drop in share price this Friday. But analysts aren’t convinced.Quartz
The good and the bad of faster drug reviews
Where are all the new antibiotics? Big pharmaceutical companies aren’t investing enough on developing new antibiotics, the World Health Organization says, impeding a developing fight against antibiotic resistance.the Guardian
The US Food and Drug Administration is greenlighting drugs faster than ever. It’s also approving more drugs on average than in previous decades. Patients benefit from a speedy process, but reviews could be getting hasty, and missing dangerous side-effects.Quartz
The kids battle adults on climate
A children’s lawsuit challenging the US government on climate change failed. An appeals court said the kids should take their argument to the political branches after plaintiffs argued their constitutional protection to life and liberty was in danger.CNN
The third age of TV
NBC wants Peacock to be a flashback streaming service. The company is pushing Peacock as a way to watch TV, in the way you used to, versus endlessly scrolling through content libraries on Netflix.Quartz
Netflix has taken over the Oscars. The streaming service’s 24 nominations were two more than Disney's total, even when combining all of the nominations earned by Disney's various studios into a single number. Times may be changing, but the 2020 nominations show that at least men still have a stranglehold on the industry.Quartz
Award season is upon us and, for a streaming service to be leading the pack, that's uncharted territory. Once a far-bearing concept, streaming is now commonplace, with new entrants primed to enter the market and 64% of consumers willing to subscribe to the next "shiny thing".
Plaid demonstrates the future of finance
For all the hype, many fintechs act a lot like regular financial firms. But Plaid, the Silicon Valley startup that was just acquired by Visa, is different. It doesn’t take risk or hold capital. Instead, it builds the electronic pipes that connect financial companies to each other. Understand how Plaid makes money in the latest edition of the Future of Finance newsletter.Quartz
Davos starts noticing the melting snow
Davos is waking up for climate change. More than a thousand participants of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland were surveyed this year about the biggest global risks facing the world. For the first time, climate change occupied the top five spots.Quartz
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Virginia’s state of emergency
Some suspected white supremacist agitators are in custody. The FBI has arrested suspects that may be associated with neo-Nazi groups, which—the concern goes—are using a Jan. 20 rally in Richmond over Virginia’s proposed gun conrol legislaltion as an excuse to start a race war.The New York Times
Is the space business just a big money suck?
One US lawmaker wants to make sure NASA survives changes. Texas representative Pete Olson is pushing multi-year appropriations so the space program can focus on long-term goals (like going to the moon again) through political changes with sustained financial backing.POLITICO
SpaceX is going to blow up a rocket. It’s part of the abort maneuver test for the Dragon spacecraft, the final obstacle for SpaceX to fly astronauts to orbit. If all goes according to plan on Saturday, NASA will have confidence that the Dragon can safely transport people, even in a worst-case scenario.Quartz
We’re obsessed with Prohibition
100 years since Prohibition. The American experiment in outlawing alcohol only lasted 13 years before its demise in 1933, but it inspired mobster industries, the founding of Nascar, and global bans that still exist today. Take a tipple and learn all about America’s dry years in today’s Quartz Daily Obsession.Quartz
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