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The Spill: Hong Kong, Bugs, and Buying Greenland

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Protests in Hong Kong

In the last few weeks, people have been protesting in Hong Kong.

Located on a tiny island off the south-east coast of China, life in Hong Kong is a mix of Asian and European culture. This Chinese city was taken over by the British Empire in 1842. As the British ruled over Hong Kong, European influence mixed with the Chinese way of life. In 1997, Hong Kong was given back to China. Because the city had gotten used to a different way of life, not everyone living there wanted to join back with China. The answer was the “one country, two systems” idea. This means that Hong Kong is officially part of China, but it is allowed some independence.

The recent protests started because the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, tried to introduce a law that could send Hong Kongese to mainland China if they are accused of a crime. Some people think that China wants to use the law to bring Hong Kongese who criticizes the Chinese government to Beijing, where they can be punished. Beijing is the capital of China. To continue reading, click here.

Trump Wants to Buy Greenland?

President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit Denmark, but he announced on August 20 that he would not go. President Trump recently said he was thinking about buying the world’s largest island, Greenland. The island belongs to Denmark, now. Danish leader Mette Frederiksen didn’t take the idea seriously and so Trump canceled his trip.

The president admitted that he was thinking about buying Greenland. Many Danes saw the president’s comments as a joke. The Danish leader called the proposal “absurd.” Trump answered on Twitter, saying he had canceled his visit to Denmark based on Frederiksen’s comments. To continue reading, click here.

Eating Bugs?

How much meat do you eat? Many Americans eat meat every day, but this common food could soon be replaced by… insects!

While some people around the world eat insects, most Americans would find this idea to be, well, gross. Even though it might seem disgusting to eat bugs instead of meats like beef or pork, some people say that one day we might have to change our diets.

Have you ever thought about how meat gets from the farm to your table? A report on climate change says that people around the world need to eat less meat, because farming animals uses a lot of land and resources. In 2018, scientists suggested that bugs could be the answer to this problem, since they don’t take much land to farm. To continue reading, click here.

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