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Hunger: Crop Report Signals Worsening Global Food-Insecurity Crisis

Combine harvesting soybeans

BLOOMBERG, OCTOBER 9, 2020 As many as 132 million more people globally may fall into the grip of hunger this year, including in many places that used to have relative stability. By Michael Hirtzer and Megan Durisin for Bloomberg – On the same day the World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its fight against hunger, fresh numbers from the U.S. government …

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Amazon Giving Old Jets New Life

Prime Air jet airplane

BLOOMBERG, OCTOBER 5, 2020 Old jets may be cheaper to purchase but are less environmentally friendly which hurts Amazon’s carbon-reduction goals. By Siddharth Vikram Philip for Bloomberg – Not all of the old fuel-guzzling planes sidelined by commercial airlines end up in a desert boneyard during the pandemic. Many find a second life in the fleets of Amazon and other cargo carriers. Amazon has …

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Mountains of clothing build up as recycling breaks down

Market traders. Bags of used clothing

REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 MADRID/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Clothes recycling is the pressure-release valve of fast fashion, and it’s breaking under COVID-19 curbs. The multi-billion-dollar trade in second-hand clothing helps prevent the global fashion industry’s growing pile of waste going straight to landfill, while keeping wardrobes clear for next season’s designs. But it’s facing a crisis. Exporters are struggling, as are …

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U.S. imports surge as pandemic worries have retailers stockpiling

Aerial view of container yard at port. ship. cranes. containers

REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles-based maker of Exploding Kittens and Throw Throw Burrito board games ordered 1 million extra units from its factory in China with the hope of preventing coronavirus from ruining its Christmas sales. The move from the company, which sells product through Target TGT., Walmart WMT.N, and Amazon.com AMZN.O, comes as  U.S. suppliers and …

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China Far Outpaces America in Bringing Robots to Factories

Factory robots building a car

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 Record 2.7 million robots work in factories around the world | U.S. numbers rise 7%; U.K. ranks last among major economies By Alexandre Tanzi for Bloomberg – The number of robots operating on Chinese factory floors rose 21% last year as the world’s manufacturing powerhouse extended its lead in automation. China added 140,500 new robots and now …

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FedEx Wants to Use Small Self-Flying Planes for Remote Areas

The Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 By Thomas Black for Bloomberg – FedEx Corp. is looking at using small self-flying cargo planes to serve remote areas after experimenting with a technology startup on autonomous aircraft, said Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith. The effort builds on the courier’s work with Silicon Valley’s Reliable Robotics, which was founded by veterans of Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. With …

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Amazon Plans to put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods

Parcel chutes at warehouse

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 By Spencer Soper for Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities and suburbs all over the U.S., according to people familiar with the plans. The facilities, which will eventually number about 1,500, will bring products closer to customers, making shopping online about as fast as a quick run to the store. …

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Amazon Hiring 100,000 New Employees in U.S. and Canada

Amazon distribution center

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Starting wages of at least $15/hour for full- and part-timers | Sign-on bonuses of as much as $1,000 offered in some cities By Nour Al Ali and Amy Thomson for Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. is hiring 100,000 full and part-time employees across the U.S. and Canada, offering starting wages of at least $15 an hour, the latest announcement in the …

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Salmon May Harbor Infectious Coronavirus For a Week – Study

Salmon. Blue background

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 Fish may be a source of SARS-CoV-2 infections, scientists say | Virus may remain viable 8 days at near-freezing temperatures By Jason Gale for Bloomberg – Coronavirus lingering on chilled salmon may be infectious for more than a week, according to researchers in China, where imported fish have been investigated as a potential source of infections. Researchers …

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