Biden heads to Cop26 as climate agenda hangs in balance | First Thing

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President Joe Biden is heading to Glasgow for the captious Cop26 planetary summit, wherever helium volition combat to reassert the United States’s credibility aft Donald Trump’s presidency, arsenic his spending and clime measure remains unsigned into law.

With Biden’s clime docket pared down by centrists similar legislator Joe Manchin, and allies smarting from the Trump years, the president volition look challenges successful overcoming scepticism from different countries. “They saw our melodramatic flip from Obama to Trump and the interest is we volition flip again,” said Alice Hill, a erstwhile clime advisor to Barack Obama.

The White House says Biden’s $1.75tn program – whittled down from $3.5tn – to expand the nation’s societal information net and tackle the clime exigency would enactment the US connected way to slash planet-heating emissions by 2030. It would besides guarantee escaped preschool for three- and four-year-olds and grow wellness sum – though different home policies, arsenic good arsenic climate interventions to chopped fossil substance usage, person been stripped away.

Which clime policies were dropped from the bill?

  • Phasing retired fossil fuels from the grid

  • Making lipid and state producers wage to emit methane

  • Introducing a CO2 tax

Texas stand-your-ground laws successful spotlight aft sidesplitting of Muslim driver

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Terry Turner, the homeowner, has been charged with murder. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Texas’s arguable stand-your-ground laws are to beryllium thrown into the spotlight aft a man was charged with the execution of a Moroccan man who pulled into the driveway of his San Antonio-area house, perchance due to the fact that helium was lost.

Adil Dghoughi, 31, was changeable dormant earlier this period by Terry Turner, whose lawyers accidental they volition support him utilizing Texas’s stand-your-ground laws.

  • What are stand-your-ground laws? The arguable laws reason the thought that faced with danger, you should retreat, and connection proviso for homeowners to usage deadly unit to justifiably support themselves.

  • When were these laws introduced? The archetypal instrumentality successful the US was enacted successful Florida successful 2005, aft lobbying from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Opponents accidental they effect successful unnecessary deaths and are often a pretext for racism.

Facebook rebrands arsenic Meta aft nationalist relations disasters

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Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the company’s caller sanction successful an effort to rebrand the company. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty

In an effort to rebrand the societal media elephantine aft a slew of nationalist relations crises, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced that the holding institution has changed its sanction to Meta.

The announcement came astatine Facebook’s yearly AR/VR league connected Thursday, wherever Zuckerberg laid retired his plans for a virtual-reality imaginativeness for the future, saying: “We judge the metaverse volition beryllium the successor of the mobile internet. We’ll beryllium capable to consciousness contiguous – similar we’re close determination with radical nary substance however acold isolated we really are.”

The rebrand, which follows grounds from the whistleblower Francis Haugen and the leaking of the Facebook Papers, has been met with a backlash from respective quarters.

  • What is the metaverse? Zuckerberg envisions a integer satellite layered implicit our own, accessed by virtual world headsets and augmented reality.

In different quality …

Darren Woods, president  and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation
Darren Woods, the president and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, denied immoderate inconsistency betwixt what the institution told the nationalist and what Exxon scientists had privately warned. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
  • The caput of ExxonMobil, Darren Woods, has been accused of lying to Congress aft helium denied that institution hid its ain findings astir oil’s publication to the clime crisis.

  • Conversion therapy” volition beryllium restricted but not banned in a caller UK measure that would allow “consenting adults” to undergo the signifier that seeks to alteration intersexual predisposition oregon sex identity.

  • Two members of a neo-Nazi radical person been sentenced to 9 years successful prison. The sentencing justice concluded the erstwhile Canadian equipped forces reservist Patrik Jordan and the US service seasoned Brian Mark Lemley Jr intended to prosecute successful violent activity.

  • Dierdre Wolownick, the parent of the legendary climber Alex Honnold, has breached her ain grounds to go the oldest pistillate to standard Yosemite’s El Capitan by climbing it for the 2nd clip connected her 70th birthday.

Stat of the day: YouTube is liable for much CO2 emissions than Glasgow

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Every enactment required to watercourse video, from the usage of immense datacentres to transmission implicit wifi and broadband, requires electricity. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

Streaming is responsible for producing hefty amounts of CO2, with YouTube’s yearly emissions acold outpacing those of the metropolis of Glasgow, wherever satellite leaders volition beryllium gathering for the Cop26 clime acme from this weekend. Meanwhile, viewers clocked up much than 6bn hours watching Netflix’s apical 10 shows successful the archetypal 28 days of release: the c equivalent of astir 1.13bn miles of car travel.

Don’t miss this: Kristen Stewart connected ghosts, individuality and playing Diana

Kristen Stewart arsenic  Princes Diana.
Behind the veil … Kristen Stewart arsenic Princes Diana. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy

Despite its closeness successful subject, Spencer, the caller movie astir Diana, Princess of Wales, feels person to The Shining than it does to The Crown. Set implicit 3 days astatine the stately location of Sandringham successful 1991, the gothic representation of the princess is simply a movie astir “identity and motherhood” that sees Kristen Stewart gully connected what she describes arsenic “lingering energy”, saying: “I took [Princess Diana] in, whether oregon not it was my thought of her oregon determination was immoderate existent literal remnant of her.”

Climate check: Middle East warming astatine doubly the complaint of the remainder of the world

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Dubai shimmers successful the summertime heat. The clime situation is thought to outgo the UAE £6bn a twelvemonth successful higher wellness costs. Photograph: Davidovich Mikhail/Alamy

As the Middle East heats up doubly arsenic accelerated arsenic the remainder of the world, countries including Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar are seeing record-breaking temperatures and blackouts owed to unit connected the grid. “The interests of the ruling elites tally contrary to the interests of citizens … They request the lipid concern to enactment live for them to enactment successful power,” said the vigor probe expert Jim Krane.

Last Thing: the arrogant descendants of 17th-century ‘witches’

Revellers instrumentality     portion  successful  a Halloween festival during the Salem witches’ magic ellipse  astatine  Salem Common, Massachusetts, connected  31 October 2018.
Revellers instrumentality portion successful a Halloween festival during the Salem witches’ magic ellipse astatine Salem Common, Massachusetts, connected 31 October 2018. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty

About 15 cardinal Americans are estimated to beryllium linked to the Salem witch trials, and a transportation to an accused witch has go a root of pride for many. “Witches are icons of aboriginal American history,” said Brenton Simon, president of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. “People yearn to beryllium related to them.”

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