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Oxfam Says G20 Leaders Are Falling Drastically Short on Climate Action 

Sep 08, 2023

President Joe Biden and leaders of other G20 nations are gathering in India’s capital New Delhi for a weekend summit that will focus on international debt, food security and the climate crisis. Biden is meeting today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping is not attending and has instead sent China’s premier to the gathering.

Ahead of the summit, the British charity Oxfam accused G20 countries of failing — by a wide margin — to slash greenhouse gas emissions below levels needed to prevent a climate catastrophe. Those fears were echoed by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this week at the Africa Climate Summit.

Secretary-General António Guterres: “To the large emitters, to the G20 countries responsible for 80% of the emissions, that will be meeting this week in Delhi, assume your responsibilities. Developed countries must commit to reaching net zero emissions as close as possible to 2040.”

Hong Kong Flooded as 6 Inches of Rain Falls in One Hour

Sep 08, 2023

In China, remnants of Typhoon Haikui struck Hong Kong on Thursday, bringing widespread flooding and triggering landslides. More than six inches of rain fell on Hong Kong in less than one hour — the fastest rate of precipitation since records began in 1884.

In Brazil, the death toll from a cyclone that brought flash flooding to southern states earlier this week is approaching 40.

In the Mediterranean, at least 18 are dead from unprecedented storms that dropped over a year’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours over some areas. On Thursday, helicopter crews were dispatched in parts of Greece to rescue residents who were trapped on their rooftops.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Lee has rapidly intensified to become this year’s first Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Forecasters say Lee will remain north of the Caribbean islands but could potentially strike the U.S., the Canadian East Coast or Bermuda late next week.

380 Remain Missing in Hawaii a Month After Wildfires Scorched Lahaina

Sep 08, 2023

In Hawaii, residents of Maui are marking one month since a devastating wildfire decimated the historic town of Lahaina. The official death toll is still at 115, with 380 still missing, as some families are reckoning with the reality that their remains may never be found or identified.

Amid Record Heat in D.C., Protesters at White House Demand Biden Declare Climate Emergency 

Sep 08, 2023

In more climate news, a record-breaking post-Labor Day heat wave is continuing to bring extreme weather alerts to tens of millions of people in the U.S. mainland. The record temperatures prompted many school districts to cancel outdoor activities like recess or to switch to online classes for the start of the school year. In Washington, D.C., the high temperature at Dulles International Airport reached triple digits for the first time ever in the month of September.

Carolina Saravia: “I think it’s not normal. I have lived here for a long time, and this is incredible. Like, we are in September, waiting for fall to come, and suddenly it’s 100 degrees outside. So, I think it has to be with the global warming.”

On Thursday, Secret Service officers arrested three climate activists after they tied a banner to the White House fence, demanding President Biden declare a climate emergency. The action came ahead of a March to End Fossil Fuels planned for New York City on September 17.

Climate Protesters Disrupt U.S. Open Tennis Tournament Amid Searing Heat

Sep 08, 2023

Here in New York, this week’s heat wave was felt by fans and players at the US Open, where temperatures reached the mid-90s, accompanied by intense humidity. Russian player Daniil Medvedev issued a warning during his Wednesday quarterfinals match.

Daniil Medvedev: “You cannot imagine. One player is going to die, and they’re going to see.”

On Thursday, climate activists with Extinction Rebellion delayed a semifinal match by 50 minutes between Coco Gauff and Karolína Muchová, as they stood up in the crowd and called for an end to fossil fuels. One protester glued their bare feet to the ground. Nineteen-year-old Gauff eventually won the match, sending her to the finals. She is the youngest American to get this far since Serena Williams in 1999. Coco Gauff was questioned about the protest following her win.

Coco Gauff: “I mean, I think that, you know, throughout history, moments like this are definitely defining moments. And I definitely, I believe, you know, that — I believe in climate change. … Hey, if that’s what they felt that they needed to do to get their voices heard, I can’t really get upset at it.”

Spectator Ejected from US Open After Shouting Nazi Slogan at German Player

Sep 08, 2023

In other news from the US Open, an audience member was thrown out of the stadium on Monday after he chanted “Deutschland über alles,” a phrase associated with Hitler and Nazism, during a match with German player Alexander Zverev. Zverev informed the chair umpire, which led to security ejecting the fan as the crowd applauded. Zverev later said, “As a German, I’m not proud of that part of history, and it’s not OK to do that.”

NATO Head Says Ukrainian Counteroffensive Making “Gradual” Progress 

Sep 08, 2023

Hundreds of people in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region have attended funerals for the 16 people killed by a Russian missile strike on a crowded marketplace Wednesday. The funerals came as a Russian attack on the city of Kryvyi Rih killed at least one person and wounded several others. In Brussels, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday Ukrainian forces have been making “gradual” progress in their counteroffensive against entrenched Russian forces on the southern and eastern fronts.

Jens Stoltenberg: “And they are making progress, not perhaps as much as we hoped for, but they are gaining ground gradually, some hundred meters per day.” 

In August, The New York Times reported the number of Ukrainian and Russian troops killed or wounded in action since Russia’s invasion is approaching a half a million.

New Book Says Elon Musk Intervened to Thwart Attack by Ukraine on Russian-Occupied Crimea

Sep 08, 2023

In more news about Ukraine, Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of internet satellite provider SpaceX, secretly ordered his company to deactivate its Starlink satellites as they passed above Russian-occupied Crimea last year, in order to disrupt a Ukrainian sneak attack on the Russian naval fleet. That’s according to an excerpt of a soon-to-be-published biography written by Walter Isaacson, who reports Musk’s decision prevented Ukrainian submarine drones from reaching their intended target, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Musk reportedly feared Russia would respond to an attack on Crimea with nuclear weapons. According to Isaacson, Musk said at the time, “Starlink was not meant to be involved in wars. It was so people can watch Netflix and chill and get online for school and do good peaceful things, not drone strikes.”

North Korea Unveils “Tactical, Nuclear-Armed Submarine” as Kim Jong-un Set to Meet with Putin

Sep 08, 2023

North Korea has announced its first “tactical, nuclear-armed submarine” as it continues to ramp up its nuclear capabilities. This comes after reports that Kim Jong-un is planning a trip to Russia this month to discuss North Korean military aid for Putin’s war on Ukraine, and where Kim could seek technical help for his nuclear and missile programs.

Ex-Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Convicted of Contempt of Congress

Sep 08, 2023

A federal jury has found former President Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. Navarro, who faces up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine, has promised to appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fulton Cty. DA Requests Protection for Trump Grand Jurors, Calls Out Congressional Harassment

Sep 08, 2023

In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has asked a court to help protect members of the special grand jury that indicted Donald Trump and 18 co-conspirators for attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, after a far-right website published their home addresses, phone numbers and vehicle information. Willis, who is Black, also had her information doxed online, alongside racist and derogatory comments.

On Thursday, Willis sent a scathing letter to Congressmember Jim Jordan of Ohio, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee, after he announced plans for a congressional probe into her prosecution of Trump and his allies. Willis wrote, “Your attempt to invoke congressional authority to intrude upon and interfere with an active criminal case in Georgia is flagrantly at odds with the Constitution.”

Shawndre Delmore Is the 10th Person to Die at Fulton County Jail This Year

Sep 08, 2023

In other news from Georgia, the family of 24-year-old Shawndre Delmore is demanding justice for his death after being imprisoned at the Fulton County Jail. Authorities say he died at a hospital Sunday, three days after being found unresponsive in his cell. He is the 10th person to die in custody of the notorious Fulton County Jail this year. His mother spoke at a news conference Thursday.

Natasha Holoman: “I wasn’t expecting to see my son in the condition that he was in when I came out here. I thought I would be able to take my son with me back home, but that didn’t happen. And I want answers. I want to know what happened to my son.”

More Activists Arrested Protesting Atlanta’s Cop City as Police Crackdown Intensifies

Sep 08, 2023

In more news from Georgia, at least five protesters were arrested Thursday after they chained themselves to construction equipment at the site of Cop City, a massive $90 million police training complex in Atlanta. The action came in response to the indictment earlier this week of 61 activists on racketeering charges over their involvement in the movement to stop Cop City. Five of them were also indicted on domestic terrorism and arson charges. This is Ayeola Omolara Kaplan, an Atlanta artist and one of the Cop City protesters taken into custody Thursday.

Ayeola Omolara Kaplan: “We have to stand up and take our own future into our own hands through direct actions like this. We need as many people as possible to join this fight of nonviolent direct actions. The more of us that are willing to take the risk and come out here and put their bodies on the line to save the forest, then we will win.”

Actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson Gets 30+ Years in Prison for Rape

Sep 08, 2023

In Los Angeles, actor Danny Masterson has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women he met through the Church of Scientology. He was convicted earlier this year, though the jury was hung on a third rape charge. The two women, who have not been publicly identified, spoke at Thursday’s hearing before the sentence was handed down. One of them addressed Masterson, saying, “When you raped me, you stole from me. That’s what rape is, a theft of the spirit.”

Actor Leah Remini, who’s been an outspoken critic of the Church of Scientology since breaking ties with it and was at Masterson’s trial supporting the survivors, said in a statement, “I am relieved that this dangerous rapist will be off the streets and unable to violently assault and rape women with the help of Scientology, a multi-billion-dollar criminal organization with tax-exempt status.” Masterson is best known for his role in the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

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