Daily Digest 7/2 – U.S. Proposes Tarriffs On E.U. Products, A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses


At least 7 dead as tens of thousands protest in Sudan, demanding civilian rule (Sparky1)

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said there are “many reported critical injuries caused by the gunshots of Transitional Military Council’s militias” and that the wounded were being treated in hospitals. The Transitional Military Council has been running the country since the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir.

Trump Helps Bring Shunned Authoritarians Back In From the Cold (tmn)

The encounters marked a welcome and long-sought return from the cold for the likes of Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, who have otherwise been the target of sanctions, isolation and opprobrium from the U.S. government. All came away having gained from the exchange, whether something concrete like trade concessions or more nebulous, such as legitimacy and respect.

Hong Kong: protesters take to streets on anniversary of China handover (Sparky1)

While an official ceremony took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to mark the 22nd anniversary of the return of sovereignty from Britain to China, tensions spiked once more in the financial hub after hundreds of mainly young, masked protesters mostly in black wearing hard hats and goggles seized three key thoroughfares, some deploying metal and plastic barriers to block the way.

Defense Department to ban beer and pizza? Mandatory keto diet may enhance military performance (Thomas R.)

“One of the effects of truly being in ketosis is that it changes the way your body handles oxygen deprivation, so you can actually stay underwater at depths for longer periods of time and not go into oxygen seizures,” Sanders said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference last month.

Discussion of new dietary guidelines for service members comes at a time of growing concern about obesity in the military and its potential threat to readiness.

Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes (Sparky1)

“These comments and memes are extremely troubling,” said Daniel Martinez, a sociologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson who studies the border. “They’re clearly xenophobic and sexist.”

The postings, in his view, reflect what “seems to be a pervasive culture of cruelty aimed at immigrants within CBP. This isn’t just a few rogue agents or ‘bad apples.’”

UK: 80 Per Cent of Police Physically Attacked as Violent Crime Rises (thc0655)

Police officers are not the only first responders in Britain to be experiencing rising violence in the line of duty. Trade union GMB released statistics last year revealing that 72 per cent of ambulance workers have been attacked, with staff having been left with broken bones, stab wounds, and bite marks whilst trying to discharge their duties administering medical aid.

There has also been a rise in attacks on firefighters, and two prison guards are treated by accident and emergency units in hospitals every day.

US proposes tariffs on EU cheese, pork and whiskey (Sparky1)

Trump has made taking aim at what he views as unfair trade practices that disadvantage the US a key goal of his presidency, and tariffs are his favored tool for doing so.

The latest chapter in the US-EU trade spat comes amid a trade war between Washington and Beijing that has seen the two sides impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade.

Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations (Sparky1)

EPA has granted emergency exemptions to the following State and Federal agencies. The emergency exemptions may take the following form: Crisis, public health, quarantine, or specific. EPA has not denied any emergency exemptions in this notice.

Glastonbury fans leave thousands of plastic bottles and rubbish despite eco-warrior plastic ban (thc0655)

There were more than one million plastic drinks bottles sold at the festival in 2017, and zero sold in 2019.

This weekend saw scorching temperatures hit Glastonbury as the UK baked in a heatwave.

Trade Truce Sends Oil Prices Higher (Michael S.)

The political dynamic may also constrain both leaders. Trump is trapped between trying to present a tough approach towards China while also needing to avoid an economic slowdown, especially with the presidential campaign heating up. He will even face pressure from some in his own party. For instance, Senator Marco Rubio denounced Trump’s decision to back off sanctions on Chinese tech firm Huawei.

Guadalajara, Mexico, covered in ice after a freakish summer hailstorm (Sparky1)

Low pressure extending south from the US and Mexico border had been forecast to contribute to developing storms along the boundary separating different air masses, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said.

“Once these storms developed, all the ingredients came together for there to be this strange hailstorm over Guadalajara,” he said.

Antarctic sea ice in dizzying decline since 2014: study (Sparky1)

Unlike the Arctic, Antarctica is not warming and remains the coldest place on Earth, as well as its largest source of freshwater.

Its mountains are covered in ice are capable of raising the level of the oceans by 57 meters, according to a 2013 study.

Welcome to the fastest-heating place on Earth (tmn)

Svalbard is unique, but also a microcosm of what is happening in the wider world. The archipelago – which is slightly smaller than Ireland – is at the centre of a perfect climate storm. Temperature pressures come from above (the Arctic atmosphere, which is heating at twice the global average) and the nearby ocean (which brings ever warmer currents from the Gulf of Mexico). As its white, snowy surface melts, the land reflects less and absorbs more heat from the sun. As the ice around the shores disappears, the previous calm continental weather is being replaced by rough coastal storms.

Solar eclipse 2019: How to watch the solar eclipse TODAY when the moon blocks out sun (Thomas R.)

The solar eclipse will be visible over a 125-mile (200km) wide path which spans from coast to coast across Chile and Argentina.

However, the maximum time of four minutes and 33 seconds may be visible only to observers on boats and aeroplanes, as it will be happening over the Pacific Ocean.

Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years (Sparky1)

The five Kushiro vessels will together kill 227 whales through to late December, according to the fisheries agency, which had delayed announcing the quota until the conclusion of the G20 summit in Osaka on Saturday. The quota includes 52 minke, 150 Bryde’s and 25 sei whales, the agency said.

A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More. (Sparky1)

It is part of an unmistakable trend: The hottest summers in Europe in the last 500 years have all come in the last 17 years. Several of those heat waves bear the fingerprints of human-caused climate change. In years to come, scientists say, many more are likely to batter what is naturally one of the world’s temperate zones.

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