Hard Numbers

40,000: The Trump administration’s steel tariffs could cause the loss of up to 40,000 US auto sector jobs by 2019, according to an estimate from the Council on Foreign Relations. The price of cars is expected to rise along with that of steel, leading to lower projected sales for US manufacturers.


115: Climate change scientists forecast that extreme temperatures of 46°C (115°F) will be five times more likely in the Middle East and North Africa by 2050 than they were in 2000, when temps reached these levels an average of 16 days per year.

68.7: China has overtaken the US in “healthy life expectancy” for the first time. Chinese newborns can expect 68.7 years of healthy life, compared with 68.5 years for American babies. American newborns can still expect to live longer overall — 78.5 years compared to 76.4 in China, but Americans are more likely to spend their later years in ill health.

10: 87 percent of Brazilians support ongoing nationwide trucker strikes in response to higher gasoline prices. But only 10 percent approve of the proposed tax hike and spending cuts needed to meet their demands.

4: As of today, Spain has had four motions of no confidence since its transition to democracy following the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. All three previous votes were unsuccessful.

It was inevitable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make India's elections a referendum on Narendra Modi, and now that the vast majority of 600 million votes cast have been counted, it's clear he made the right call.

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Among the 23 men and women now seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on Donald Trump in next year's election, the frontrunner, at least for now, has spent half a century in politics. Former Vice President Joe Biden, first elected to the US Senate in 1972, is the very epitome of the American political establishment.

Yet, the dominant political trend in many democracies today is public rejection of traditional candidates and parties of the center-right and center-left in favor of new movements, voices, and messages. Consider the evidence from some recent elections:

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It's Friday, and Signal readers deserve at least one entirely upbeat news story.

José Obdulio Gaviria, a Colombian senator for the rightwing Democratic Center party, is an outspoken opponent of government attempts to make peace with the FARC rebel group after 50 years of conflict.

On his way into a meeting earlier this week, Gaviria collapsed. It was later reported that he had fainted as a result of low blood pressure probably caused by complications following recent open heart surgery.

A political rival, Senator Julian Gallo, quickly came to his rescue and revived him using resuscitation skills he learned as—irony alert—a FARC guerrilla. CPR applied by Gallo helped Gaviria regain consciousness, before another senator, who is also professional doctor, took over. Gaviria was taken to hospital and appears to have recovered.

Because some things will always be more important than politics.