1.11.2023

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Ozone Layer Recovery

Earth's ozone layer is expected to return to 1980 levels in the next few decades, according to a United Nations report released yesterday. The once-every-four-years assessment confirms the collaborative efforts of one of the world's most successful treaties, the Montreal Protocol of 1987, which saw 198 countries agree to ban the use of ozone-depleting substances.

 

In the 1980s, scientists discovered diminishing levels of UV-blocking ozone in the stratosphere, particularly in the Earth's polar regions. Researchers noted chlorofluorocarbons—used widely in fire suppression, refrigerators, and aerosol sprays—broke down into ozone-depleting bromine and chlorine in the stratosphere, contributing to a decline in the ozone layer. Concerns over the damage a thinner ozone layer would have on Earth's ecosystems led to the rapid adoption of bans on ozone-depleting substances. See the global reduction in harmful chemicals here.

 

The report claimed average global ozone levels will reach pre-1980 levels in 2040, while the Antarctic region will do so by 2066. Read highlights from the report here.

 

Dawgs Double Up

The University of Georgia won its second straight college football national championship last night, dominating Texas Christian University 65-7. The lopsided victory makes the Bulldogs the only back-to-back champion in the nine-year history of the College Football Playoff and the first program to do so since Alabama in 2011 and 2012. 

 

Georgia was led by quarterback Stetson Bennett, who capped a storybook ending to his collegiate career by throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Bennett, a Heisman finalist this year, entered the program as a walk-on and transferred to a junior college for a year before leading the Bulldogs to their first title in four decades last season.

 

For TCU, the game was an abrupt ending to an otherwise fairytale season that began with the Horned Frogs outside the top 25. See highlights here and a way-too-early top 25 for next season.

 

Separately, South Dakota State won the Football Championship Series title Sunday, topping rival North Dakota State.

 

Brazil Crackdown 

Brazilian authorities have so far detained about 1,500 supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, while Brasília's governor has been temporarily suspended from office over accusations of abetting Sunday's storming of government buildings.

 

Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has been admitted to a hospital near Orlando, Florida, for abdominal pain. The former conservative populist leader, who lost a contentious race to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by a 1.8-point margin in an October runoff, is believed to have traveled to Florida in December, skipping da Silva's inauguration Jan. 1. Bolsonaro has experienced health issues since 2018 when he was severely stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning for president. Last year's runoff marked the first time Bolsonaro lost an election in his 34-year political career.

 

President da Silva previously held office from 2003 to 2010, championing left-wing populist priorities and credited as lifting 20 million people out of poverty, but was jailed for almost 20 months in 2018 on corruption charges. 

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> The Golden Globes return to television tonight (8 pm ET, NBC) after 2022's telecast was pulled over lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; see full award predictions (More)

> Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin discharged from hospital one week after collapsing, suffering cardiac arrest during Monday Night Football game (More) | National Women's Soccer League permanently bans four coaches following sexual misconduct investigation (More)

> Denmark's Noma, often referred to as the "world's best restaurant," to close permanently at the end of 2024; restaurant will transition into a food lab and test kitchen (More)

 

Science & Technology

> MIT Technology Review releases annual list of 10 breakthrough technologies to watch for 2023; areas include CRISPR for high cholesterol, organs on demand, mass-produced military drones, and more (More)

> Bronze Age shipwreck provides evidence of complex, long-distance supply chains built around trading tin ore almost 4,000 years ago (More)

> Researchers identify protein that allows melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, to change the shape of its cell nucleus; ability facilitates metastasis, where cancerous cells migrate throughout the body (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets closed mix (S&P 500 -0.1%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq +0.6%); Nasdaq sees second day of gains as shares in Tesla rally nearly 6% (More)

> AstraZeneca agrees to buy clinical-stage biopharmaceutical firm CinCor Pharma for deal valued at $1.8B to strengthen its heart and kidney drugs (More)

> The Securities and Exchange Commission charges former McDonald's CEO Stephen Easterbrook $400K for lying to investors about November 2019 termination (More) | Disney CEO Bob Iger tells hybrid employees to return to corporate offices four days a week starting March 1 (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> House adopts rules package governing House operations by a 220-213 vote (More) | US attorney reviewing classified documents from President Joe Biden's vice presidency found in November at Biden think tank (More) | Grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, 2020 election interference probe dissolves after filing final report; Jan. 24 hearing to decide whether report should be made public (More)

> President Biden declares state of emergency in California; more rain, flooding, high winds, and heavy Sierra snow expected to strike the state as the latest in a series of storms in the past 10 days (More

> Dozens of countries and global organizations pledge more than $9B for Pakistan's recovery efforts from summer floods that killed more than 1,700 people; officials estimate total cost at $16.3B (More)

 

In-Depth

> America’s Latest Drug Threat

NY Times | Jan Hoffman. Across the US, tranq dope—a mix of fentanyl and an animal tranquilizer called xylazine—has been linked to severe wounds and amputations, alarming health officials and those who are becoming addicted to it. (Read)

 

> Day One at Rikers Island

Esquire | Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau. Former inmates, guards, and visitors recount their first day at Rikers Island, known by inmates as the “House of Dead Men.” (Read)

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Etcetera
 

Best (and worst) states to raise a family.

 

The most anticipated albums of 2023.

 

Try your hand at drawing the perfect circle

 

Adidas takes Thom Browne to court over stripes trademark.

 

What do the colored circles on food packages mean?

 

Marty the bear hibernates under a family's deck.

 

... and a 15-foot python crosses the road.

 

Oscar Mayer seeks hot doggers to drive wiener on wheels.  

 

Clickbait: Beware of falling into rodent urine-infested canals.

 

Historybook: UN General Assembly gathers for first time (1946); Boxer George Foreman born (1949); The US and Holy See reestablish diplomatic relations for first time in 117 years (1984); David Bowie dies (2016).

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