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.

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