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Jack Dorsey’s Block got Hindenburged. The short-seller behind the Adani report accused the fintech company of widespread fraud in its performance metrics, an allegation Block condemned.
China’s demographic crisis has reached its capital city. For the first time since 2003, Beijing reported a decline in population.
IKEA UK signed a legally binding deal addressing sexual harassment. The agreement comes after a former employee accused the company of inappropriately handling a complaint in 2022.
India’s covid cases hit a five-month high. A new variant is fueling the increase just as the country is grappling with H3N2 influenza cases.
This one trick to cut global emissions by 10%
What would happen if fossil fuel subsidies were sacked? A tenth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions would be gone by 2030, that’s what.
But that won’t be easy—the controversial subsidies are just getting bigger.
Humans have problems
Getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies sure would help, but what about...
💡 Implementing a limitless power source?
📋 Or centralizing our medical data for the health of entire communities?
🤔 Or even rethinking the way we’ve been taught to view capitalism?
The Quartz Obsession podcast is about to wrap its fourth season. Catch up with host Annalisa Merelli as she talks to Quartz reporters and editors about key innovations that could solve some of humankind’s problems—unless, of course, they just end up making matters worse.
Our next episode, dropping today at 7am EDT, takes a look (but unfortunately not a sniff) at a leather alternative that’s eco-friendly and gives animal-based leather some quality competition. And it’s all thanks to fungi. 🍄
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Unilever is slashing production in Nigeria
Unilever Nigeria has experienced significant growth through 2021, when gross profit rose 84%. But it’s all been downhill since then, and the fast-moving consumer goods company is now winding down production of goods that were bringing in more than half of its revenue. Quartz’s Faustine Ngila explains the impact on Africa’s biggest economy.
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