The official unification of the German Democratic Republic (FDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) took place on 3 October 1990
After a weekend of foreboding among climate wonks, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I released its contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis on Monday. This is the first of three working group contributions to be released over the next 9 months before the IPCC releases the final assessment report in the fall of 2022. With each report building off the others, this first report focuses on what the science itself says, an aggregation of the evidence to date, and what that means for our future — most of which looks bleak.
While the old adage says that money can't buy happiness, several studies have shown that the more your income increases, the happier you are, up to $ 75,000 a year. Once this threshold is reached, more income doesn't matter. The happiest people in the world have an average annual salary of $ 36,000. The happiest country in the world appears to be Finland, and in its capital, Helsinki, the average salary is £ 27,936 (about US $ 36,000). This study follows the much-discussed Princeton University study in 2010, which found that emotional well-being rises only with income up to about $ 75,000 for Americans (or $ 86,000 in today's dollars)...
The warmer the climate is in the Arctic, the cooler the relations are between the northern countries. It took a third of the last century for the Arctic Ocean’s ice cover to shrink by one third. The natural wealth of the Arctic water area has become more accessible, and international cooperation in this region has turned into rivalry. There is something to fight for, indeed. According to official data of the United States Geological Survey, almost a quarter of the world's hydrocarbon resources are concentrated in the depths of the Arctic: 90 billion barrels of oil, more than 48 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of gas condensate. And since there is no single international treaty defining the legal status of the Arctic, several nations have already claimed the right to the exclusive possession of promising territories...