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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Biden has his mind on the environment. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Ex-Prez Donald Trump wasn’t exactly known for being the biggest environmentalist. See: over the course of his presidency, he waved goodbye to countless Obama-era environmental regulations aimed at keeping waters clean, land protected, and greenhouse gases down. He also approved the Keystone XL pipeline, which Obama had previously rejected after lots and lots of protests from indigenous communities and environmentalists who worried the project would damage Native American lands. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

One of Prez Biden’s campaign promises was to officially cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. In other words: revoke the permit. And that’s exactly what he did back in January. So fast forward to yesterday, and the developer declared that it’ll be halting construction on the pipeline...for good. You read that right. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

That’s not the only environment news making headlines. Recently, Biden revealed that he’ll be repealing a Trump-era rule that essentially ended federal protections of hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands, and other waterways. The rule got a lot of praise from builders, oil and gas developers, and farmers, but it raised concerns about water pollution. Now, it looks like those protections will be returning. 

 

THE TAKE. 

This latest news is being seen as a massive win for environmentalists.


THE ACTION

DISASTERS: Yesterday, masked gunmen opened fire on mine clearers working for the HALO Trust (as in the charity that helps remove landmines after war) in Afghanistan, leaving at least 10 people dead. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack - while Afghan officials have pointed fingers at the Taliban for taking part, too. This comes after the US struck a peace deal with the Taliban. In other news, a three-story dilapidated building just collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing 11 people. The collapse came amidst heavy monsoon rains. Over in South Korea, nine people were killed after a five-story building fell onto a bus. The building was apparently in the process of being demolished. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: Recently, it came out that Prez Biden is planning to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to 100 countries around the world. About half of the vaccines would be distributed this year, with the other half going out in 2022. Speaking of which, the World Health Organization is asking the world’s govs to speed up plans to send coronavirus vaccines to the nations that have been hit hardest by the virus. Think: Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Maldives, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, and Uruguay - the ten countries with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last couple weeks. And in other news, the European Union just OK’d a new travel certificate that’d let people move between European countries without having to quarantine or get extra coronavirus tests. 

 

WORLD: ICYMI, Russia’s gov isn’t exactly a fan of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Case in point: the gov has allegedly tried to frame, jail, and even poison him. Yes, really. Yesterday, the gov took another step to silence Navalny by banning the organizations he founded and labeling them “extremist.” It also blocks anyone associated with those organizations from running for office. Meanwhile, Biden’s currently in the midst of his first official overseas trip as prez. He kicked off the trip by issuing a warning to Russia: the country will face “robust and meaningful” consequences if it engages in “harmful activities.” 


WHAT TO KNOW

High-heeled Crocs:” what Balenciaga is selling. Um, isn’t the whole point of Crocs to be comfortable?


SAY WHAT?

“Nun Stole Over $800,000 to Support Gambling Habit, Prosecutors Say” - an actual headline. Holy moly. 


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