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The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) created an online dashboard map that provides up-to-date data on reported cases and deaths worldwide.
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Recent research estimates that the growth of emissions slowed down to 0.6 percent in 2019. However, this still means that humans released more CO2 into the atmosphere in 2019 than in any other year.
Scholars often debate risking their livelihoods and personal safety in order to conduct research in certain areas.
The academic performance of American schoolchildren hasn't budged in two decades, despite billions of dollars in increased funding.
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Heinous, if proved accurate.
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