YouTube has updated the requirements to join their partner program, making it easier for creators to qualify for options that can earn them money such as paid chat, channel memberships, and more. Previously, creators had to reach one thousand subscribers to qualify, but now it only takes 500, or 3,000 watch hours or 3 million short views. Several features, including ad revenue sharing, will still be reserved for larger channels. YouTube is following other platforms, like TikTok, in opening these options for smaller micro-influencers.


Researchers at Redding University in the United Kingdom looked at data from 1979 to 2020 and found that "clear air turbulence," caused by unexpected changes in the jet stream, increased by 55 percent. The study cited changes in wind speeds caused by warming air. Clear air turbulence can't be detected by radar, which makes it harder for pilots to avoid. In addition to being uncomfortable for passengers, it can damage aircraft and waste fuel. The most affected routes were in the U.S. and the North Atlantic, followed by Europe, the Middle East, and South Atlantic.

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