WORLD: All eyes are on the Amazon. Reminder: lately, the Amazon (as in the world’s largest rainforest) has been burning at the highest rate since 2013. For some context, more than one and a half soccer fields of rainforest are being destroyed...every minute…every day. And it comes as deforestation in the region up 80% from last year. Hint: farmers use fires to clear land and make it ready for use. Bad bad news, since the Amazon produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen. So the other day, Brazil’s prez - Jair Bolsonaro - said ‘yeah, I guess I should probably do something about this’ and sent 43,000 troops to help fight the fire. This comes after he faced backlash from G7 leaders. In other news, Tropical Storm Dorian’s set to become a hurricane.
POLITICS: Everyone’s talking about the US and China. Quick refresher: ever since Prez Trump took office, he’s made it his mission to slap tariff after tariff after tariff on China - who’s retaliated with...tariffs on the US. Last week was no different. In response, Trump rolled up his sleeves and apparently ordered all US companies to stop doing biz with China - citing a decades-old law. (That sound you’re hearing is everyone saying he can’t do that.) Then, all of a sudden, Trump declared that China’s open to negotiations again - and trade talks will be starting up again soon. Flip flop. Meanwhile, meet Joe Walsh. Recently, he became the 2nd Republican to take on Trump in the 2020 election. Unclear how far he’ll go.
USA: Recently, health officials announced that a patient died due to a lung illness linked to vaping. Reminder: over the past few months, the FDA’s been investigating over a hundred cases of people suffering seizures and other respiratory illnesses after vaping. But the investigation’s turned up without any common links - except e-cigarette use. Now, it looks like the first person has died due to a vaping-related illness. In other news, recently, it came out that at least 78 airmen and women have died by suicide in 2019. An official at the Air Force Kaleth Wright even said they “loose more airmen to suicide than any other single enemy” - including combat. Stay tuned. And meanwhile, today marks the 400th anniversary of slavery in the US.