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♻️ Renewable Energy Up 8%. 56% Stroke Cases. Language Learning.

Chart of the Day #78 looks at Language Learning Apps, Renewable Energy and Stroke Prevalence.

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A study has found that global warming intensifies stroke risk, with temperature swings being linked to rising stroke burden. In the UK, wind farms emerged as the primary electricity source for the past two consecutive quarters, outpacing fossil fuels, marking the longest recorded period where renewable energy has exceeded the contribution of fossil fuels to UK electricity generation.

Today's Topics

✍🏻 Language Learning. Duolingo held 67% of the language learning app market in 2021
🍃 Renewable Energy. Renewable energy consumption up 8% since 1965
🫀 Stroke. 56% of strokes occurred in females in 2019

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✍🏻 Duolingo Held 67% of the Language Learning App Market in 2021

As an early pioneer in the language learning market, Duolingo captured 67.4% of the market share in 2021, while Mondly held the position of the second-most used platform with a 10% market share. Duolingo's high user retention rates have been attributed to its free basic option, engaging game mechanics, and extensive language selection. Busuu, which has the third largest market share, prioritizes engagement through lifelike scenarios and interactive lessons, along with the opportunity to engage with native speakers. Mondly utilizes voice recognition to enhance pronunciation and offers interactive lessons simulating real conversations.

With the rise in globalization, and the desire to connect and experience new cultures, the language learning market has seen immense growth. Technological advancements offer opportunities for artificial intelligence and virtual reality to enhance the learning experience, making it more personalized and immersive. As user preferences shift, apps will be prompted to adjust and innovate to maintain competitiveness and accommodate personalized learning paths.

🍃 Renewable Energy Consumption Up 8% Since 1965

Between 1965 to 2022, there has been a 12% decline in the share of fossil fuels in primary energy consumption globally. This shift is mainly driven by the growing adoption of renewable energy sources, aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and enhancing air quality.

The decline in fossil fuel usage has seen significant milestones, such as the UK's 15% reduction in coal consumption in 2022, resulting in the lowest demand for coal in 266 years. This shift was highlighted as wind turbines generated more electricity than gas for the first time in the first quarter of 2023. Meanwhile, in Australia, the power sector saw declines in fossil fuel usage alongside an increase in the share of clean power in total electricity production to a record high of 38%. The costs associated with deploying renewable energy sources like solar and wind have seen a significant drop over the last decade which has allowed them to be more competitive against fossil fuels.

🫀 56% of Strokes Occurred in Females in 2019

In 2019 strokes occurred more in females, with new stroke cases in women amounting to more than 12 million cases.  According to the World Stroke Organization, over 101 million people globally are stroke survivors, with 67% categorized as under 70 years old. Stroke prevalence is influenced by a multitude of factors, including age, gender, and significant modifiable risk factors such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke, and every 4 minutes, a stroke proves fatal, contributing to 1 in every 20 deaths in the US. Lowering blood pressure (fighting hypertension) and cholesterol can mitigate the risk of strokes, which are significant contributors to mortality and disability. Innovations such as blood pressure trackers empower individuals to monitor their health, while school health programs educate youth on healthy habits, further diminishing the risk of strokes.

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