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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The EPA is warning about climate change. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

It’s no secret that ex-Prez Trump didn’t really believe in climate change. Think: he ditched the Paris Climate Agreement, rolled back Obama-era regulations on emissions...andddd delayed an Environmental Protection Agency (aka the EPA) climate report. For three years. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Now that Biden is prez, that report has finally been released. And it’s a bombshell. See: this is the first time that the EPA has come out and said that humans caused climate change. Yes, really. The report also says that the US has entered unprecedented climate territory, with heat waves three times as common as they were 60 years ago, coastal flooding occurring more frequently, ocean temps hitting record highs, and wildfire season starting earlier and ending later. All of the above is also causing vastly more damage. 

 

THE REACTION. 

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the report is further proof that taking action on climate change is “not optional...it’s essential.” Plus that “tackling the climate crisis is the single best opportunity to strengthen our economy, to put people back to work and to build a healthier, more equitable environment for our communities in America.” 

 

THE TAKE. 

This report is a big step for the US in fighting climate change. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Nepal is going through some major changes. Lately, the country’s been facing a worsening coronavirus crisis that’s in many ways mirroring India’s coronavirus crisis. Cases have skyrocketed from 100 per day to nearly 10,000. Cue a lot of anger directed towards the prime minister, who did things like tout unproven coronavirus remedies and go to crowded events. So this week, the gov put it to a vote...and removed the prime minister from office. Now, lawmakers are faced with the task of forming a new gov. In other news, the US CDC just rec’d the use of the Pfizer vaccine in kids ages 12-15. And in an example of the growing vaccine disparity, some Indian states are experiencing serious vaccine shortages

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Israel-Palestine. More and more rockets and air strikes have been fired toward Israel and Gaza in the past day, with Israeli air strikes toppling entire high-rise buildings in Gaza. 83 Palestinians and 6 Israelis have now been killed. The violence has also spread to the streets of Israel. See: rival groups of extremist Jews and Arabs have been attacking each other’s cars and shops. Intro growing fears of a civil war. Meanwhile, it was just revealed that China has imprisoned or detained at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures since 2014. All this comes as part of the country’s crackdown in Xinjiang, which violates human rights. And in other news, recently, a US judge made a ruling that could give Derek Chauvin a longer sentence in the murder of George Floyd. 

 

ECONOMY: Recently, southern Taiwan was hit with an accident at a power plant. In response, authorities instituted an emergency rolling blackout across the island - meaning millions of people were left without electricity for hours. As of now, it looks like power has been restored. Meanwhile, everyone’s talking about the Colonial Pipeline. Quick refresher: earlier this week, a cyberattack forced the shutdown of one of the US’s largest pipelines. That attack has since led to gas shortages throughout states like Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Now, it looks like the pipeline is officially up and running again - but it will still take a few days for things to get fully back to normal. In other news, inflation in April accelerated at its fastest pace in more than 12 years. Consumer prices also saw a big jump. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Ellen DeGeneres:” who’s ending her talk show. 


SAY WHAT?

“Cicadas hit snooze on their 17-year alarm clock. But they are still coming” - an actual headline. Reassuring.

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