▪ This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is the most active since 2005, the year of Katrina. The 2005 season blew away records with 28 named storms, of which 15 were hurricanes. So far, 2017 has spawned 15 named storms, nine of which were hurricanes, including the latest, Hurricane Nate. The hurricane season extends to November 30.
▪ President Trump’s two name-branded golf courses in Scotland lost more than $24 million in 2016—more than twice what they’d lost the year before—as revenues plunged. The Trump Organization blamed renovations and an economic downturn in Scotland, but polls have found that Trump is extremely unpopular in the U.K.
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▪ There are currently 31 “megacities”— with a population of at least 10 million—around the world, compared with just three in 1975. Six of the world’s 10 largest cities are in Asia, including Shanghai (pictured); none are in Europe.
▪ Of the 56 million annual abortions performed worldwide, nearly half, or 25 million, are conducted by untrained people or use unsafe methods that endanger the life of the woman, according to a report in the British medical journal Lancet. The vast majority of unsafe abortions— 97 percent— are performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.