Biden under pressure to act on climate crisis warnings

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A stark UN report showing that the US, like the rest of the world, is running out of time to avoid disastrous climate impacts is turning up the heat on Joe Biden, who will be keen to do his part in preventing a critical global heating threshold of 1.5C being breached far earlier than previously expected.

Die IPCC report on how humanity has caused unprecedented, and in some cases “irreversible”, changes to the world’s climate has heaped further pressure on the president to pass significant legislation to confront the climate crisis.

Firefighters battling the second-largest wildfire in California history are bracing themselves for a turn for the worse, as changing weather conditions began lifting the thick smoke that held down winds and temperatures.

Concern is growing among firefighters battling the Dixie fire in unprecedented conditions to protect thousands of threatened homes in rural communities of the Sierra Nevada.

An alleged victim of the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew in federal court in New York on Monday.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused the British royal of sexually abusing her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and at other locations in 2001 when she was under the age of 18, according to court records. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Giuffre accuses Andrew of sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A dump of toxic wastewater may have contributed to a deadly red tide algal bloom, residents say, as hundreds of tons of dead marine life have turned up on Florida’s beaches alongside a putrid stench in recent weeks. Experts feared a large bloom was imminent after a toxic breach at the Piney Point phosphate plant in late May.

Amper 500 people are reported to have killed themselves in the three months to June this year in Kenya, more than the whole of 2020, according to the police. In a quest to identify possible reasons for the rise, mental ill health and “warped” notions of masculinity are among causes mooted for a rise in suicides of nearly 50% in 'n jaar.

Global heating above 1.5C will be “catastrophic” for Pacific island nations and could lead to the loss of entire countries due to sea level rise within the century, experts have warned. King tides, catastrophic cyclones, increasing salinity in water tables making growing crops impossible, sustained droughts, and the loss of low-lying islands to sea level rise are expected to increase in frequency and severity in the Pacific region as the world heats.

The creators of the Aibo robot dog say it has “real emotions and instinct”. When the writer Meghan O’Gieblyn unboxed hers, she was surprised by how lifelike it was, by its responsiveness and by its eagerness for touch. Deep-learning algorithms allow the dog to interpret vocal commands, differentiate between members of the household and adapt to the temperament of his owners. By the end of the first week, she says in a Guardian long read, it seemed cruel to her to turn him off when she left the apartment.

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