1. Meatier than ever Despite growing health fads such as meat-free Mondays and Veganuary, global meat consumption has in fact increased over the past 50 years, and not just because there are many more and richer people. Meat production today is 330Mt, five times higher than in the 1960s. The US and Australia top the tables. They, New Zealand and Argentina eat more than 100kg of meat per person a year — about 50 chickens or half a cow each. In Western Europe it’s 80kg-90kg, Nigeria 9kg. The global increase is driven by middle-income countries such as China, Brazil and SA. 2. Cold crypto wallet As if the bursting of the bitcoin bubble was not enough, cryptocurrency investors in Canada are enduring more pain. The country’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Quadriga, has been unable to access about C$180m worth of digital coins since the sudden death of its founder in December, according to a BBC report. Gerald Cotten had sole responsibility for handling the exchange’s funds and coins, a...

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