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♻️ 13Y Free Education. 3.7M Ton Recycled Waste. Chronic Kidney Disease.

Chart of the Day #115 looks at Free Education, Recycling and Chronic Kidney Disease.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new national strategy to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. The Brazilian government made a $18M investment to promote digital literacy in 1,000 schools across the country.

Today's Topics

📚 Free Education. Free education in APAC ranges from 5 to 13 years
♻️ Recycling. 3.7 million tons of recycled waste from the US imported by India
🦠 Chronic Kidney Disease. Male-female chronic kidney disease death rates narrows

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📚 Free Education in APAC Ranges From 5 to 13 Years

In 2023, the duration of free public primary and secondary education varied across the APAC region.  Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and the Cook Islands offered the longest duration of free education for 13 years. Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, and several other countries provide 12 years of free schooling. Conversely, only 5 years were provided in Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. While free education is an important foundation to ensure equal access for all students, the variation in duration reflects diverse opportunities and quality of education across the region. 

♻️ 3.7 Million Tons of Recycled Waste From the US Imported by India

India imported the most recovered waste and scrap paper and paperboard fibers from the United States, totaling 3.7 million tons. This is primarily driven by the cost advantage of importing plastic for recycling centers, which is more economical than employing scrap pickers in India. Mexico is the second-largest importer, importing 2.4 million tons, while Malaysia, Canada, and South Korea each import less than 1 million tons of these materials from the United States.

🦠 Gap Between Male-Female Chronic Kidney Disease Death Rates Narrows

There has been a consistent increase in the annual number of deaths from chronic kidney disease due to type 1 diabetes in Europe from 2012 onwards. Male death rates increased more rapidly between 1990 and 2005 compared to that of females, with rates rising to over 0.45 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019. Female death rates also increased, though at a slower pace pre-2005, but accelerated after 2012, narrowing the gender gap.

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