Daily Briefing: February 23

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According to the Russell Group, the fire on a cargo ship carrying Porsche, Bentley, and Lamborghini vehicles could cost Volkswagen Group at least $155 million and other automakers about $246 million. The difficulties in putting the fire out last weekend were exacerbated by the fact that many of the cars on board are electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries, which necessitates specialized firefighting equipment.


“This is a bear that has lost all fear of people.”

A 500-pound black bear known as Hank the Tank has claimed a home in South Lake Tahoe, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hank has developed quite the reputation, after breaking into at least 28 homes.  Hank has ballooned to his chonky size after snacking on human food and garbage. A typical western US black bear weighs 100–300 lbs.


Ikea’s race for the last of Europe’s old-growth forest. (The New Republic)

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