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每日跟讀#657: About Europe - Climate change and Greece's gig economy

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By 2050, London’s climate will be as warm as Barcelona’s/到2050年,倫敦氣候將像巴塞隆納那樣暖和

In 2050, London’s climate will feel more like Barcelona’s, according to a new climate change study.


The study predicted the future climate conditions of 520 major cities worldwide, and paired those predictions with the conditions of cities today. By 2050, Madrid will feel more like Marrakesh, Seattle will feel like San Francisco, and New York will feel like Virginia Beach, according to the study.


Hundreds of other major cities worldwide could be facing droughts, flooding, storms, and other climate catastrophes. European cities are expected to become 3.5 degrees Celsius warmer in the summer and 4.7 degrees Celsius warmer in the winter, the study said.


An estimated 77% of cities around the world will see their climate conditions drastically change, indicating "the global scale of this climate change threat and associated risks for human health," the study warned.


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For Greeks, burgeoning gig economy means low wages, long hours 對希臘人來說,迅速發展的零工經濟意味著低工資、長工時

When he set up his own business washing boats and cars on the Greek island of Skyros nearly a decade ago, 42-year old Nikos Vourliotis was a young man with dreams and aspirations.


Then the reality of Greece’s austerity regime kicked in. A stipulation by debt-laden authorities that he should pay his annual tax bill upfront killed the business. Now, he has joined the growing ranks of Greeks in a precarious "gig economy" working long hours for low wages and no job security.


In August, Greece will mark the first anniversary of being free from the close financial supervision of lenders whose 280-billion-euro lifeline kept the country afloat for nine years after a debt crisis brought it to its knees.


One in two young people in Greece are unemployed. According to a survey by MRB in late 2016, roughly half of Greeks aged 18-35 lived on financial support from relatives.


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