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Was Greta Thunberg unable to find a seat on an overcrowded train?

German trains (or more specifically, trains run by Deutsche Bahn/DB , which is the only really major train company in Germany and the one that ran Thunberg's train) take on more passengers than ...
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Were the emission savings of Greta Thunberg's trip by boat outweighed by crew flights?

The Daily Mail words their claim as follows: [The yacht skipper Nikki] Henderson's flight from Britain to the US likely produced the same amount of emissions the journey hoped to save, countering Ms ...
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Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?

As of today, it doesn't appear to be the case that Germany is suffering from a similar fuel shortage as the UK, and it's not affected by a "driver crisis" as severe as the one in the UK. ...
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Was Greta Thunberg unable to find a seat on an overcrowded train?

Yes. The issue started with a Tweet by Thunberg showing her sitting on the floor because of "overcrowded trains": The German train company responded with a passive-aggressive tweet saying that she ...
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Did China shut down a port for one COVID-19 case and did this closure have a bigger impact than the blocking of the Suez canal?

No, it wasn't one case, but an outbreak. That appears to have been a misinterpretation of the claim. Fortune put the outbreak at 'about 150' COVID-19 cases. The size of the disruption to supply chains ...
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Are the Australian bushfires in the same path as a proposed high speed rail line?

TLDR: No. Initially, I wrote that this was just silly, but now I see it is worse than that. It is tautological. Map of rail route on the right. Perhaps the funniest idea of this conspiracy theory ...
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Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?

I suppose it depends whose figure you want to cite. DW writes: Poland is currently short of around 124,000 drivers, or 37% of its required workforce, according to a recent report by TI Insight. Data ...
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Did Henry Ford say "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses"?

The association of this saying with Henry Ford originated with a 1999 article in The Cruise Industry News Quarterly where it was stated: John McNeece: "There is a problem trying to figure out what ...
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Did Henry Ford say "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses"?

No, that was Alex Sheshunoff alluding to the song Faster Horses by Tom T. Hall. He was an old time cowboy, don't you understand His eyes were sharp as razor blades, his face was leather tanned ...
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Will parents be arrested in Magnolia, Texas for walking with their children onto school grounds?

Tl;dr version: The school policy change notice did emphasize that For safety reasons, parents will no longer be allowed to walk to the front of the school to retrieve students on foot. This will ...
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Does the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range?

tl;dr- Yes, this type of aircraft carrier can and does go for decades before refueling, able to circle the globe many times over that period. While not literally "unlimited", it's a ...
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Is Moscow metro the only profitable metro in the world?

I cannot find any current data, but back in 2011-2012 when Japan was considering fully privatizing its metro systems, reports were that they were profitable. July, 2011: Tokyo Metro, which carries ...
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Does the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range?

Using nuclear power to power the vessel, it's able to carry a fuel load many times beyond the longest possible missions and ranges. So, while not actually "unlimited," there isn't a ...
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Is animal agriculture responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation?

Probably yes, but the comparison is fraught with challenges. Geographical Scope Selection of geographical area for analysis is the largest confounding factor here. Some areas of the world have more ...
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Is Moscow metro the only profitable metro in the world?

No. It's not even the most profitable. The MTR in Hong Kong is one of the most profitable metro systems in the world; it had a farebox recovery ratio of 187% in 2015, the world's highest (source).
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Is animal agriculture responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation?

The data is different for just the US: The primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States are: Transportation (28.9 percent of 2017 greenhouse gas emissions) – The ...
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Does the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range?

Does the aircraft carrier have unlimited distance range? Not really true, no. While the ship does have sufficient power, the crew will starve at some point, so it still needs to resupply after a ...
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Is the ship "Borkum" traveling from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Czech Republic?

One can travel by ship from Gibraltar to the Czech Republic by using rivers but The ship needs to be of suitable size for river travel. The Borkum is a container ship which looks way too big for that....
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Is the ship "Borkum" traveling from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Czech Republic?

The Borkum does not travel to the Czech Republic. According to this article from "eleconomista.es" El buque Borkum ha decidido suspender su escala en el Puerto de Cartagena poniendo rumbo ...
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