However, data shows the planet doesn’t warm evenly. Europe and Asia last year were each the hottest on record, while North America saw its 10th-warmest year (5th-warmest in the contiguous U.S.).
💬 Relevant Quote: “The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record, typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend. Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends. With these trends, and as the human impact on the climate increases, we have to expect that records will continue to be broken.” –GISS Director Gavin Schmidt.
📰 In Other Climate News…
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 10% in 2020, largely due to the pandemic – the single largest drop in annual emissions in the post-WWII era (beating out 2009 when emissions fell over 6%).
As a result, U.S. emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time in three decades.
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📝 Biden Reveals Stimulus Plan
President-elect Joe Biden revealed the details of his proposed $1.9T stimulus package yesterday. The proposal includes:
Direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans.
Increasing federal unemployment benefits to $400 per week through September, and extending the federal eviction moratorium until then as well.
$350B in state and local government aid.
$170B for K-12 schools and higher education.
$70B towards increased virus testing, including in schools, a national vaccination program, disaster relief, expansion of the public-health workforce, and other efforts to push to distribute 100M vaccine shots in the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency.
Additionally, the proposal would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Federal officials arrested and charged MIT mechanical engineering professor Dr. Gang Chen with fraud yesterday, alleging he failed to disclose funding from and extensive ties to the Chinese government.
Authorities said Dr. Chen entered into undisclosed contracts and held roles “expressly intended to further the PRC’s scientific and technological goals” while collecting $19M in U.S. federal grants since 2013 for his nanotech research.
More: In recent years, federal prosecutors have brought more than a dozen criminal cases accusing researchers at American universities of lying about receiving Chinese government funding.
South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld a twenty-year prison sentence for ex-President Park Geun-hye, who was convicted in 2018 on charges of abuse of power, bribery, coercion, and leaking government documents.
South Korea’s first female president, Park was impeached in late 2016 after prosecutors accused her of sharing confidential documents with a top aide and colluding with her to extort millions of dollars from companies like Samsung and Hyundai.
More: There is some speculation the court’s decision paves the way for a special presidential pardon from current President Moon Jae-in.
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🐅 Siegfried Fischbacher, one half of the famous Siegfried & Roy magician and entertainer duo, died at 81.
⚖️ NY AG Letitia James filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the NYPD over its response to protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. (Left-Center | Right-Center)
💨 The Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states experienced damaging wind gustsof up to 105 mph in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.
✌️📈 Say It Ain’t So – Two IPOs
Poshmark priced its IPO at $42 per share on Wednesday. The stock began trading Thursday at $97.50 per share and closed at $101.50 ($7.4B valuation).
Petco priced its IPO at $18 per share on Wednesday. Shares began trading Thursday at $26 and closed at $29.40 ($6.2B valuation).
Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin successfully completed NS-14, the fourteenth test flight of its New Shepard spacecraft and one of the last remaining steps before the company’s first manned spaceflight, per CNBC. Blue Origin reportedly plans to launch a second test flight within six weeks, followed by its first crewed flight six weeks after that (early April).
More: New Shepard’s test flight had a single passenger – a life-sized test dummy named “Mannequin Skywalker.”
🔔 Taco Bell Goes Above & Beyond
Taco Bell announceda partnership with Beyond Meat to create an “innovative new plant-based protein,” with testing to begin in the next year. The fast food company also announced the return of potatoes to its menus as part of its attempt to provide more vegetarian options.
More: Shares of Beyond Meat rose 13.7% yesterday after the deal was announced.
🍩 DONUT Holes:
📱 Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S21 line of 5G Android phones featuring three models – the full list.
💵 Fed Chair Jerome Powell said interest rates will remain near zero for the foreseeable future.
One night during the recent COVID-19 lockdown in London, Olga Shipunova and Zack King discovered a note had been attached to the collar of Billy, their tuxedo cat and a half inside/half outside kinda guy.
The note was from an unknown neighbor, who wrote, “Your cat likes to come visit us when he is outside. He will sit at the door and meow to be let in. It’s actually hilarious and we love him!!”
Olga wrote back by similarly attaching a note to Billy’s collar, and the neighbors soon became pen-pals, chatting about recipes and TV shows as Billy carried their messages back and forth.
And that’s not all…
Unable to visit Disneyland due to the pandemic, Ryan Thomas of Utah brought the theme park to his two toddlers, taking the family’s laundry basket on a magical roller coaster ride. (The video)
A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $46K for Sean Currey, a man experiencing homelessness in San Rafael, CA, after he found and returned the wallet of 80-year-old grandmother Evelyn Topper.
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🎨 Paint by Numbers… archaeologists in Indonesia uncovered what may be the world’s oldest cave art – a pig painting dating back at least 45,500 years. (Photo)
🕳️ On the Hole… astronomers are searching a distant galaxy for a mysteriously missing supermassive black hole one billion times more massive than the Sun. Dig deeper (3 min read).
🧱 Building A Better Future… a scientific paper published last November found investments in Lego sets yielded average annual returns similar to fine art, wine, and stamps.
🌐 Gone Dark… a recent Europol-coordinated international operation took down DarkMarket, the internet’s largest forum for criminal activity.
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