Hard Numbers

64: A new poll shows that 64 percent of American voters disagree with President Trump’s comment that a trade war would be good for the United States and easily won.


100 from 1: About 80% of the fake news found on Twitter comes from just 0.1% of accounts, and all fake news is shared by only about 1% of accounts, according to Harvard scholar David Lazer.

21: When Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister in 2014, his party, the BJP, governed just seven of India’s 29 states. Today, the party governs alone or in coalition in 21 states. Upcoming state elections later this year will prove an important test of the BJP’s lasting power as India’s most powerful political force.

53: Some 53% of Venezuelans between 15 and 29 would like to move abroad permanently, according to a new poll from Gallup. When President Maduro assumed office in 2013, just 12% of all Venezuelans said they wanted to leave the country.

3.5 trillion: Later this month, members of the African Union plan to sign a Continental Free Trade Agreement designed to integrate a continent with a population of 1.2 billion people and estimated GDP of $3.5 trillion.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but that means it creates a lot of waste in the form of cups and used coffee grinds. Every year, we drink out of 600 billion single-use plastic and paper cups, most of which end up in a landfill or our environment. Could coffee also contribute to a more sustainable future? A German company is now recovering leftover coffee grounds from bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's recycling them into reusable coffee cups. In other words, they're creating cups of coffee made from coffee.

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