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The global energy transition is well underway, but for green energy to replace fossil fuels, the world needs as many critical minerals as possible — and fast. Critical minerals like copper, nickel, lithium, and manganese are essential to solar and wind energy, electric vehicles, and the storage of green energy. High demand has kicked off a global race to control critical mineral supplies.

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Asian Americans had the highest population growth rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States between 2000 and 2019, rising roughly 81% to about 24 million people. The boom – driven mainly by immigration – is projected to continue, rising to 35.8 million by 2060, more than triple their 2000 population.

Historically, Asians have been subject to exclusionary policies in the US thanks to racial prejudice and economic fears. This began with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned Chinese laborers and denied citizenship, and the 1924 Immigration Act, which banned all Asian immigrants. The US began relaxing immigration restrictions in 1943, culminating in the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which abolished racial quotas and allowed more diverse Asian immigration.

Today, the Asian population in the US is complex, tracing its roots to more than 20 countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. But discrimination is still rampant. With the outbreak of COVID-19, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, there was a sharp rise in physical attacks against Asian Americans. Today, 87% of Asian Americans say they face societal discrimination, and 26% say they fear someone might threaten or attack them because of their race or ethnicity.

As we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month — officially proclaimed for the first time in 1990 — we look at the growth of the Asian American population over the past century.

Luisa Vieira

Ice hockey is by far the most popular sport in Canada, and the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens the most beloved NHL teams. Unsurprisingly, these two teams lead the pack in total Stanley Cup wins, while the Detroit Red Wings just south of the border boast third place in those ranks.

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Luisa Vieira

The US and Canada are both racing against the clock to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. As the effects of climate change become more apparent and deadly, countries are grappling with how to curb their emissions without curbing economic growth.

Canada, a resource-rich nation, is at a crossroads. Along with transportation and industry, the oil and gas sector dominates the country's emissions profile. Still, Canada has embarked on an ambitious journey to redefine its environmental legacy with one of the boldest climate commitments: pledging to reduce emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030. Policies such as carbon pricing, identified as the top driver of emissions reductions, will prevent 226 megatonnes of carbon pollution from being released by 2030.

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Luisa Vieira

Is TikTok facing a ticking time bomb in the US and Canada? Last Wednesday, as part of a foreign-aid package that included funding for allies, President Joe Biden signed a law that requires TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell the popular video-sharing app to an American buyer within a year or face a ban in the US. Analysts believe that Canada isn’t far behind.

Despite the momentum among legislators, public opinion on a ban is sharply divided, and the largest divides break down across age groups.

The main concern centers on national security. American and Canadian authorities are wary of the app's potential for data privacy breaches and spreading the influence of the Chinese Communist Party. However, TikTok's user base, which skews younger, tends to see things differently. In the US and Canada, adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to oppose a ban, arguing the app remains a significant platform for entertainment and expression, especially for Gen Z.

Annie Guggliotta

American parents are more than four times as likely as their peers in Estonia to lose a baby during or shortly after birth. It is one of the most devastating human experiences – and a key indicator of a country’s development. After all, if even the most vulnerable babies survive, the healthcare system must be doing something right. By that metric, the US looks more like Chile or Slovakia than the global superpower it is.

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Paige Fusco

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been engulfed in violent gang warfare and without a leader since its former prime minister, Ariel Henry, was barred reentry to the country on March 12. Henry formally resigned on Thursday, and a new transitional government was sworn in.

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