Putin stirs up tension in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin, further fueling the crisis in Ukraine by putting his nuclear forces on alert, threatens the West as it regroups behind Ukraine. President Biden has chosen to de-escalate by refusing to change America’s own vigilance, portraying Putin as once again posing a threat. Follow the latest updates.
The United Nations Security Council responded by voting to convene a rare special session of the General Assembly – only the 11th time it has done so since 1950. Eleven out of 15 members Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution. China, India and the UAE abstained, as they had a resolution last week condemning the invasion.
Despite Putin’s statement, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, agreed to negotiate with Putin at the border with Belarus “without preconditions.” Negotiations are scheduled to begin today.
Fight: Violence continued yesterday, with the Russians “fired in almost all directions”, according to a Ukrainian military official. Residents of towns in Ukraine took part in the war. More than 350 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since the invasion began, according to Ukrainian officials. Satellite images show a convoy hundreds of kilometers long of hundreds of Russian military vehicles approaching Kyiv.
Data points to Wuhan market as the source of the pandemic
Two new studies point to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, as the birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic. The scientists concluded that the virus was most likely present in live mammals marketed, an initial suspect, in late 2019.
Studies that have yet to be published in a scientific journal suggest that the virus has twice spread to people who are working or shopping there, and it finds no support for the so-called leak theory. laboratory.
But some outside scientists say they are still not convinced by the study’s results. There was no direct evidence that animals at the market were infected with the coronavirus, and there were no wild animals left there by the time Chinese researchers collected genetic samples in early 2020.
Detail: Data on Covid cases from social media app Weibo from December 2019 to February 2020 pointed to the market as the source of the outbreak, after which the virus spread to nearby areas. . The researchers who performed the tests showed that it is highly unlikely that this pattern could have been created by accident.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
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The biggest climate change case in a decade
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a dispute that could limit or even eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to control planet-warming pollution, potentially damaging disrupted President Biden’s plan to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.
The results could also have long-lasting consequences beyond air pollution, limiting the ability of federal agencies to regulate health care, workplace safety, telecommunications, the financial sector. and more.
The problem is the lack of federal regulation governing emissions from power plants, after the Supreme Court put Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, his main strategy to combat climate change, on hold. The Biden administration has yet to enact legislation of its own. Legal experts said that it is very unusual for the court to accept a case around a hypothetical future regulation.
Analysis: They can reasonably control the federal government’s ability to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, said Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton. . The power sector is the country’s second largest source of carbon emissions.
Climate news: At least eight people have died after days of torrential rain brought flooding to Queensland, Australia.
Around the world
Brazil, a country famous for its “beach body”, has become the world leader in protecting overweight people.
Over the past 20 years, the obesity rate in Brazil has doubled to more than a quarter of adults. In response, activists have struggled to make life less difficult for overweight Brazilians, and the success of their efforts stands out globally for changing not only attitudes but also both laws.
Leo Bersani is a scholar of French literature. But he is known for his research on gay identity and his arguments that gay men should resist imitating ordinary heterosexuals. Bersani passed away at the age of 90.
The life-affirming comfort of ‘death cleansing’
Cleaning the house can be a terrible and boring chore, it’s best to do it until you’re away, when it’s no longer your problem. But what if you decide to tackle the business now, while you’re still here to make the decision?
As we start to see a protracted and deadly pandemic, some older Americans have decided to do just that, Ronda Kaysen reported for The Times. Professional home organizers are seeing an increase in calls from older clients looking to cut through the clutter and make their lives more livable.
Experts often refer to this task as “death cleaning,” a term that became popular in 2018 with the publication of Margareta Magnusson’s book, “The Swede’s Gentle Art of Dead Cleaning,” by Margareta Magnusson. . It argues that the prospect of our eventual demise is reason enough for a purge.
Magnusson suggests that we should choose not to burden our loved ones with personal influences throughout life, including letters or diaries that might be offensive or offensive. “I don’t think it’s good to leave that to your children,” she said in an interview. Simply put, we should prepare for the end of our lives, pruning as we go.
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