It covers violence in Beirut and high stakes conferences to stop the collapse of biodiversity.
Beirut swayed by sectarian battles
At least six people were killed and dozens injured during a clash between militias that temporarily transformed the Beirut area into a war zone on Thursday. This is the latest update.
The violence broke out in protests led by two Shiite Muslim parties-Hezbollah and the Amal movement. Protesters have called for the dismissal of the judge who was responsible for investigating the big explosion at the port of Beirut last year.
The fighting showed a new low descent into Lebanon’s political and economic crisis.
Conflict: Sunnis, Shiites, and Christians were Lebanon’s largest religious groups, and tensions between denominations and Hezbollah often spilled over into violence, the most devastating during the country’s 15-year civil war that ended in 1990.
environment: The Lebanese currency collapsed and hit the economy. Fierce conflicts between officials are blocking the way forward. The explosion at Beirut port revealed the consequences that many Lebanese consider it to be poor governance for decades.
Another big crisis we rarely hear
A high-level conference is underway this week as part of efforts to prevent the collapse of biodiversity, which scientists say could be comparable to climate change as an existential crisis.
The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity aims to tackle the rapid collapse of species and systems that collectively sustain life on Earth, ahead of the Global Climate Summit in Glasgow, which begins on October 31st. ..
As many leading scientists say, bets at the two conferences are equally high, but the biodiversity crisis has received much less attention. Humans have destroyed land through agriculture, mining, logging and overfishing. Scientists say change is needed.
Can be quoted: “If the global community continues to see it as a side event and think that climate change is now really something to listen to, it can be too late to awaken to biodiversity,” 1 The person Francis Ogwar says.Of the leaders of the working group responsible for consensus building between nations
detail: According to major reports on the state of biodiversity in the world, the average abundance of native species in most major terrestrial biomes has declined by at least 20 percent, primarily since 1900. If you lose a lot of players in the ecosystem, it will stop working.
Biden is optimistic about the fight against Covid
President Biden warned that the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t over yet, but said the United States was “in the right direction.” He called on states and private companies to support vaccination mandates to avoid another surge in the case.
“We have important work to do and we can’t give up now,” Biden said in a speech at the White House on Thursday. “I’m calling for more businesses to step up. I’m calling for more parents to vaccinate their children when they qualify.”
He was optimistic as the number of new cases diminished compared to the devastating summer waves.
Numbers: The United States currently records about 90,000 new infections per day, a decrease of more than 40% since August. Hospitalizations and deaths are also decreasing. About 70% of adults are fully vaccinated, and many children under the age of 12 may be eligible for injections within a few weeks.
New cable cars and hundreds of giant murals have brightened lives in one of Mexico City’s most crime-prone areas, but poverty and attacks on women are still widespread. Many wonder if a beautification project is enough to change the sense of danger.
Art and ideas
What Jane Goodall is reading
Primatologist Talked to the desk of our book About what she learned from reading.
What books do you have on your nightstand?
“The perfect gentleman: a Muslim boy meets the West,” reminds me to reread. It’s great and I know the author Imran Ahmad. And Bexy Cameron’s “Cult: Following My Escape and Return to God’s Children.” I scooped it up, and it’s an extraordinary and cool and true autobiography.
By the end of the day with zoom, skype and email, my eyes are too tired to read, so I turn to audiobooks. I need something soothing. Like Agatha Christie.
What was the last great book you read?
Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings — The author has created another world that becomes completely real, even when the story fascinates you.
Did you read most of your life during the decades you lived in the wild chimpanzees? What kind of book and what kind of book did you read at that time?
I read number I found the chimpanzee first, then observed it, and in the evening I was completely focused on transcribing the field notes, so the book. every day Spend the day in the mountains at dawn and return to dusk.
What kind of reader were you when you were a kid? Which children’s books and writers are most obsessed with you?
When I was a kid, I didn’t have a TV. I learned from books and from nature. I read all the books about the animals I found. Dr. Doritol and Tarzan have dreamed of living with animals in Africa.
Play, see, eat
What to cook
You either like or hate Manhattan Clam Chowder. (James Beard called it “terrifying.”)
What to see
The subtle drama “Luz” follows a young Maltese fisherman torn between his trade loyalty and the demands of the modern world.