每日英語跟讀 Ep.K513: About Argentina - Argentine artist paints on inflation-hit banknotes
Argentina’s cash has lost so much value in recent years that local artist Sergio Guillermo Diaz finds painting on even the most valuable banknotes has become affordable.
With annual inflation that likely neared 100% last year, the largest denomination of Argentine currency, the 1,000-peso bill, is worth around $5.60 officially or just $3 on parallel markets commonly used to skirt capital controls.
"Nowadays it makes sense for me to paint on the largest denominated bill here in Argentina. Once I paint on it, I can sell it for much more than what the bill is worth," said Diaz.
On the banknotes he has painted pictures ranging from soccer star Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup to satirical images about the peso’s sharp depreciation in recent years.
Argentina lakes turn pink but the outlook not rosy, environmentalists say 阿根廷湖泊變粉紅色，但環保人士說不妙
Two lakes in a far-flung coastal region of Patagonia, in Argentina, have turned fluorescent pink, as of yet unexplained phenomena that local environmentalists fear could be harmful and caused by industrial contamination.
Local activist Pablo Lada told Reuters in an interview that the pink color could potentially be the result of a dye typically used to give prawns raised nearby their typically rose-colored hue.
"I think that the pink lagoon uncovered a ...lack of treatment of this waste that has become a big problem," Lada said.
Local and regional environmental officials are investigating the cause and potential damage to the lakes but have yet to arrive at any conclusions.
當地和地區環境官員正在調查原因，以及對湖泊的潛在破壞，但尚未有結論。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1563482 ; https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/world/paper/1470155