Climate crisis, powers of the vice president and HER

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The story

The climate crisis is intensifying in the United States and Europe.

We went out.

So let’s talk about it: more than 100 million Americans were on heat warnings yesterday, about a third of the US population. Wildfires are raging from Texas to California to Alaska. But that’s not all: France, Portugal and Spain also tried to contain the forest fires. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes. The UK experienced its hottest temperature ever this week. And more than 1,100 Europeans died of heat. As the Spanish Prime Minister said, “climate change kills”.

Speaking of what…

Yesterday, President Biden announced executive actions to tackle the climate crisis. This includes plans to move more than $2 billion in funding to help communities prepare for extreme weather events — like heat waves, wildfires, floods and hurricanes. By providing funding, Biden also hopes to reduce the cost of air conditioning and create community cooling centers for low-income families. And by developing offshore wind farms, he says the United States will create more clean, affordable energy jobs.

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Many Americans grew up hearing the words “climate change” — and the warnings from the UN can sometimes be hard to visualize. But people don’t have to imagine it anymore – many are already feeling the effects… and suffering.

PS: If you are facing a heat wave, consult our tips to stay safe.

And Also…This

Something that needed to be clarified…

The VP cannot decide on elections. Yesterday, a group of 16 senators unveiled what could be the first bipartisan legislation to prevent a repeat of January 6, 2021. This includes a bill that would revise an 1887 law and specify that the vice president’s job during certification of an election is “ministerial only.” And that they do not have the power to “judge disputes concerning voters”. The announcement comes in response to former President Trump pressuring then-Vice President Mike Pence to cancel the 2020 election (see: this and that). And arrives just in time to…

  • The final countdown: Today is the last scheduled hearing on January 6 – and it will be in prime time at 8 p.m. ET. It is expected to focus on what former President Trump was up to in the 187 minutes as rioters stormed the Capitol.

Where there are new political tributes…

Great Britain. The Conservative Party yesterday reduced the country’s next prime minister to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Sunak – a former finance minister – resigned from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government earlier this month, saying their approaches are “fundamentally too different”. He also does not support tax cuts until inflation is simmered. to reduce taxes. Next week, the two will face off in a televised debate followed by roundups. This is where they will debate policy and answer questions from the public. The winner will be announced on September 5. Meanwhile, Johnson ended his final PM questioning session by saying “hasta la vista, baby.” No, literally.

Sri Lanka. Yesterday parliament promoted former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the presidency. Wickremesinghe – who is already interim president – ​​will replace the one who fled the country after months of protests. But Wickremesinghe’s first day on the job included few office supplies and lots of protests. Now, he’s tasked with tackling the country’s mounting debt and inflation, while trying to keep his new job.

… Oh and speaking of world leaders, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has (again) offered his resignation after his failed coalition government. This means that Italy could hold elections earlier than expected.

Where there is backlash…

Argentina. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is said to be one of the first cities to ban gender-neutral language in schools. Last month, the city government banned teachers from using neutral words (like todxs and [email protected]) during lessons and when addressing parents. Although Argentina has made efforts to support the LGBTQ+ community, the city’s education minister says the gender-neutral language goes against Spanish grammar – where the default gender is male – and can lead to poor reading skills. Activists and organizations are taking legal action to overturn the decision. Gender-neutral language changes have also faced an uphill battle in other parts of the world like Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and France.

Who plays Belle in ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’…

Ladies and gentlemen, SHE

Why We’re Excited Like Sh! y…

Issa Rae.

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