The White House dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech on Monday as “revisionist history” and said his suggestion that Western aggression led to the Ukraine war was “patently absurd.”
In the US, congressional Democrats have reportedly agreed to provide an additional $39.8 billion in additional aid to Ukraine as soon as today, surpassing Joe Biden’s request last month for $33 billion, including more than $ 20 billion in military assistance. Senate leaders were prepared to move quickly to enact the new proposal, reportedly including an additional $3.4 billion for military aid and $3.4 billion in humanitarian aid.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the international community to take immediate action to end the Russian blockade of his country’s ports to allow wheat shipments and avert a global food crisis.
The Black Sea export port of Odessa was hit by missiles on Monday.
The 1.5°C climate limit is close to being broken, scientists warn
The year is fast approaching when the world exceeds the 1.5°C global warming limit set by international governments for the first time, a forecast shows.
The chance of one of the next five years exceeding the limit is now 50%, scientists led by the UK Met Office have found. As recently as 2015, there was no chance of this happening for the next five years. But this increased to 20% in 2020 and 40% in 2021. The global average temperature was 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels in 2021.
It is also almost certain, 93%, that by 2026 a year will be the hottest on record, surpassing 2016, when a natural El Niño weather event supercharged temperatures. It is also almost certain that the average temperature of the next five years will be higher than in the last five years, as the climate crisis intensifies.
“The 1.5C figure is not a random statistic. It is rather an indicator of the point at which climate impacts will be increasingly damaging to people and, indeed, to the entire planet,” said Professor Petteri Taalas, director of the World Meteorological Organization, which published the new report. .
What will happen if the temperature stays above the global warming limit of 1.5°C? World scientists warned in 2018 that 1.5°C of global warming would bring serious impacts to billions of people, including heat waves, floods and even snowstorms.
Mississippi governor refuses to rule out banning contraception
Mississippi’s Republican governor has refused to rule out trying to ban some contraceptive methods if the Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing abortion rights is overturned.
“That’s not what we’re focused on right now,” Tate Reeves said.
The ruling, Roe v Wade, is likely to be overturned this summer, following the leak of a draft high court decision supported by five conservatives on the nine-member court.
The leak sparked celebrations among conservatives and protests among liberals, as a nearly 50-year battle over a key right to privacy neared a turning point.
Like other states, Mississippi has a “trigger law” that, if Roe falls, will ban almost all abortions, with exceptions in cases of rape or threats to the life of the mother. The case at issue in the draft resolution, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, originated in Mississippi.
Could Roe v Wade be a ‘precursor to bigger fights’? It could be a milestone in America’s seemingly inexorable journey from America to divided states, as the likely demise of Roe v Wade could drive the largest rift yet between what appear to be two irreconcilable nations coexisting under one flag. .
In other news …
The capture of a former Alabama jail official, along with a murder suspect he allegedly helped escape from custody, has ended in tragedy. yesterday when jail officer Vicky White fatally shot herself after a police chase. White, 56, was charged with running away with Casey White, 38, who is back in custody.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son and namesake of the late dictator, won a landslide victory in the presidential election, signaling an extraordinary rehabilitation for one of the country’s most notorious political families. With more than 90% of an initial count completed, she had almost 30 million votes.
Sri Lanka has deployed thousands of troops and police to enforce a curfew after five people were killed in the worst violence in weeks of protests over an unprecedented economic crisis.. Nearly 200 people were injured when Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned, but that did little to calm public anger.
A member of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame crashed and killed a man while driving drunk in Florida earlier this year, authorities said.. Tamara Lynn “Sunny” Sytch caused the accident that killed Julian Lasseter. A toxicology test confirmed that she was more than three times above the legal limit.
Stat of the Day: Andy Warhol’s Famous Portrait of Marilyn Monroe Sells for a Record $195 Million at Auction
Andy Warhol’s 1964 screen-printed portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for $195 million at auction, setting new records for 20th-century art and art by an American artist. The painting sold for a hammer price of $170 million. Additional fees gave it a final price of $195 million. The sale broke the previous record for a work of art made in the 20th century, set by Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O), which sold for $179.4 million, including fees. , in 2015.
Don’t miss this: Why women should say no to ‘office housework’
Many of us have an endless list of work-related tasks, but not quite: writing meeting minutes, throwing holiday parties, shopping for gifts. Many, if not most, working women accept it as part of the job. But taking one for the team could be holding all women back. A new book argues that “unpromotable work” is the invisible obstacle to gender equality in the workplace, with women’s time and energy being disproportionately spent on thankless tasks.
Climate control: only one of the 50 climate objectives of the aviation industry was met, according to a study
The international aviation industry has failed to meet all but one of 50 of its own climate targets over the past two decades, environmental activists say. A report commissioned by the climate charity Possible assessed all the targets set by the industry since 2000 and found that almost all of them had been quietly missed, revised or ignored. The charity says the findings undermine a UK government plan to allow airlines to cut their emissions through self-regulation.
Last Thing: Belgian cartoonist takes on plastic pollution
Belgian cartoonist Pieter De Poortere was trying to do his part for the environment: eat less meat and diligently sort his garbage: glass, paper, plastics. He realized that it was not enough. So he put his best-known character to work as part of an international artistic project with the aim of drawing attention to the problem of plastic production. Dickie, a pudgy antihero with a bristling mustache, is a perpetual loser. After years of setbacks, Dickie is now wreaking havoc on the environment.
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