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“Never anything but pure greenwash” – Greta Thunberg calls out fashion industry

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has used an interview with Vogue Scandinavia to call out fashion brands that label themselves as “sustainable”

In the interview, Thunberg says that clothing brands need to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts that the production and distribution of their products has.

It follows the activist posting a tweet that accuses some brands of “greenwashing” whereby they produce ads that make consumers think their products are sustainable.

In the interview, Thunberg says the last time she purchased a new item of clothing was three years ago and even it was second-hand.

The climate activist went onto note that fast fashion is used by many as “disposable”… calling for a “system change”.

Fast fashion is known to be the production of “rapid, low-cost clothing” designed to meet seasonal trends

The UN believes the fashion industry is “the second-most polluting industry in the world”… accounting for more than 20% of wastewater globally.

In regards to carbon emissions, the sector is responsible for about 8% of the total worldwide.

This follows a landmark climate change report concludes global warming is widespread, rapid and intensifying – and humans are to blame.

According to the report – climate change is now “affecting every inhabited region across the globe”.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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