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One Sentence News / Oct 13, 2021

Colin Wright
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The news simply summarized / October 13, 2021

Summary: Tuesday’s US labor report indicates that 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August, making it the highest quit-month on record, dating back to December 2000 (when they began keeping such records).
Context: This is a fairly staggering number, representing not quite 3% of the US workforce; this adds to headaches for employers who are struggling to fill vacant jobs across an array of industries, but it does seem to add weight to the theory that some jobs might not be refill-able, at least not in the short-term, in the midst (or wake) of changes wrought by the pandemic.
—The Associated Press
Summary: Businesses have been given permission to open back up (with reduced capacity) following “Freedom Day” in Sydney, when significant lockdowns that began in mid-June (triggered by a serious outbreak) were mostly lifted.
Context: This is part of the Australian government’s new posture—to live with the virus, rather than trying to eliminate it before reopening (similar to New Zealand’s new stand on the matter)—but it comes with caveats, including the aforementioned reduced capacity in some businesses, and substantially fewer freedoms for people who are unvaccinated; the country’s Prime Minister has warned that infections will rise after the lockdown ends and that rapid lockdowns may be used if a significant surge warrants one.
—Reuters
Summary: About 1,400 employees at Kellogg Company’s US cereal plants (in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee) have gone on strike after union worker’s contracts with the company expired.
Context: The union says they’re seeking a fair contract, as workers have had to give up “quality health care, retirement benefits, and holiday and vacation pay” and that the company is threatening to send jobs to Mexico if workers don’t accept the removal of decades-old protections in their new contract; a Kellogg spokesperson has said their workers enjoy compensation and benefits that are among the best in the industry, and that while they’re disappointed the workers have decided to strike, they have “contingency plans” for this sort of situation to avoid supply disruptions.
—Axios
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Kenya and Somalia have been at legal odds over resource-rights (mostly gas and oil) in a triangle of ocean off their shared coast since before 2009, when both countries agreed to honor the decision of a UN commission, but Somalia sued Kenya in 2014 (at the International Court of Justice), Kenya appealed the litigation in 2015, and the court decided yesterday that Somalia is mostly right in this case (though it doesn’t get all of the much-desired triangle—only most of it).
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Number of countries, as of Monday, that have pledged to reduce their total methane emissions 30% by 2030.
Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, but it’s massively more potent (at least in the short-term) when it comes to heating the planet.
China, India, Russia, and Brazil have not signed on to this pledge, and they’re four of the heaviest emitters of this and other such gases. But we’re just a few weeks out from the next international climate conference, so those (and other) countries might join this pledge or announce their own (potentially even better) pledge in the coming weeks.
—The New York Times
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