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The Daily Brief: UN Climate Change Report is a “Code Red”

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a climate change report detailing the rapid pace of global temperature increase and the need for urgent action.

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  • The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the longest climate change report yet, with more than 140,000 scientific papers referenced.
  • The report states that humans are the “unequivocal” cause of climate change, and that the Earth has warmed 1.1 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels.
  • The IPCC published a report in 2018 detailing the danger of reaching a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees, which we are fast approaching. The IPCC outlined the most optimistic scenario for the reduction of climate change, but even then the Earth will hit the 1.5 degree threshold.
  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged that this is “a code red for humanity,” and that we need to take “the most ambitious path”.
  • UN-led international climate change talks are to be held in three months in Glasgow, where the discussion is expected to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Climate change has increased the frequency of and worsened natural disasters, which are being experienced by countries all over the world right now. Droughts in the Western United States, wildfires in California, Greece, Turkey, flooding in North Korea, China, Germany, and many more disasters.
  • The report urges that if global emissions are cut in half in the next ten years, and reach net zero in thirty years, we can possibly reverse the rise in global temperatures.

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Belarusian President Speaks On Election Disputes and Olympic Athlete

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  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated that Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was “manipulated” by outside forces to return to Belarus and go abroad for safety and that “she wouldn’t do it herself”.
  • Tsimanouskaya and her husband received humanitarian visas from Poland and are seeking refuge there. 
  • Lukashenko also defended the validity of his presidency after a disputed election last year, stating that his opponents staged a “coup”. Anti-government protests ensued in 2020, and Lukashenko responded by arresting thousands.
  • The US has declared the election fraudulent, and President Joe Biden released an executive order imposing sanctions on “individuals and entities for their role in attacks on democracy and human rights, transnational repression, and corruption”. Britain and Canada also imposed sanctions targeting Belarus’ economy.

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Taliban Take Control of Five Provincial Capitals as US Withdraws Military Help

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  • The Taliban have now taken control of five provincial capitals in Afghanistan, the most recent being the city of Taloquan and Kunduz. This latest advance comes as the US withdraws the last of its troops from the region.
  • As fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban increases, dozens of civilians are being killed, including at least 27 children. The US has been launching airstrikes to assist the Afghan forces, but that will end at the end of this month, despite the worsening situation.
  • Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admits that Afghanistan’s security situation is “not going in the right direction,” but stated, “It’s their country to defend now. It’s their struggle.”

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Foreign Countries Aid Greece As Wildfires Worsen

  • As wildfires continue to spread over Greece, over 2,000 people were evacuated from Evia this weekend. 
  • Foriegn countries such as Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Serbia send in their aid. Some residents complained about the lack of response and firefighters in areas where the fires continue to ravage Greece. 
  • The wildfires follow recent weather conditions over Europe which point to the worsening climate and global warming suspected to play a part in the situation. 
  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that there are over 580 wildfires nationwide, stating the past months have been “the most difficult for [Greece] in decades,” and apologizing for the government’s inability to contain the fires as the world faces the deadly climate crises. 

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40 Civilians Killed In Mali Villages By Extremists

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  • This Monday, Extremists linked to the Islamic State Terrorist Groups have killed 40 people in northern Mali villages. 
  • It was reported that several Jihidist leaders went into the villages “shooting anything that moved.” Officials speculate that the violence is in response to the arrests of several Jihidist leaders last week. 
  • The attack also comes after French troops announced their pull out last month, withdrawing over 2,000 troops from a portion of land underneath the Sahara desert that contains multiple countries. 
  • This attack adds to the growing attacks perpetrated against Mali civilians by extremist groups, as over 100 have been killed in 2021 alone. 

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US To Give $165M In Humanitarian Aid As “The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crises” Ravages Yemen

  • The Biden Administration announced on Monday that it would be giving another $165 million to Yemen in aid as famine plagues the country. 
  • United States special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking stated the hope of “supporting efforts to prevent famine which is again becoming a very real threat.”
  • Houthi rebels who maintain a grip on the country have continued to reject entering into peace talks with the United States, instead focusing on violence and affecting the rising starvation rates. 

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Messi Leaves Barcelona After 21 Years

  • Professional Argentine Soccer player Lional Messi has left Barcelona after 21 years, and is rumored to be joining Paris Saint Germain, a professional soccer club based in France. 
  • Argued to be the World’s best soccer player, Messi confirmed the news in a tearful Sunday address, stating: “I want to thank so many people, players, those that help us. I grew with the values of this club, humbleness, respect and I did that with everyone. I hope that is what they remember of me.”
  • Messi’s move comes after the club faces greater debt, and fans are quick to point fingers at mismanagement while others blame Messi for following the money. 

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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