The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Foreign Companies Are Giving up on the United States and Betting Big on China, Report Says

China’s explosive economic growth — and quick recovery from the pandemic — helped foreign investment there soar. China’s economy grew 2.3% last year, when most of the world’s major economies shrank. The country enforced stringent lockdown and population tracking policies intended to contain the virus, and set aside hundreds of billions of dollars for major infrastructure projects to fuel economic growth.

#China #UnitedStates #COVID19 #Economics

Shell Ordered To Compensate Nigerian Farmers Affected By Oil Spills

Friends of the Earth supporters unfold a banner outside the district court in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, where the court is delivering its judgment in a long-running case in which four Nigerian farmers are seeking compensation and a cleanup from energy giant Shell for pollution caused by leaking oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

The Court of Appeal in The Hague sided with farmers and environmentalists on most of their legal claims, ruling that the Nigerian subsidiary owes the farmers financial compensation for the oil spill pollution in two villages.

#Nigeria #ShellOil #EnvironmentalJustice

India protest: Farmers breach Delhi’s Red Fort in huge tractor rally

The government says the reforms that spurred the protests will liberalise the agriculture sector, but farmers say they will lose income.

Tens of thousands of them have been striking on the outskirts of Delhi since November, demanding the laws be repealed. Last week they rejected a government offer to put the laws on hold.

It is one of the longest farmers-led protests India has ever seen, pitting the community against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government.

#India #FarmersProtest #Uprising2021

Giant Galaxies from the Universe’s Childhood Challenge Cosmic Origin Stories

The traditional model survives for now but only, in part, because few of these massive galaxies have been found. “We’re dealing with small-number statistics,” … Scientists do not have a good grasp of the true amount of the behemoths, however. Until that changes, understanding what impact they have on our cosmic comprehension and how galaxies evolve in different ways will remain ambiguous.

#Science #TheUniverse #technology

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