Ravaging bushfires, devastating floods and relentless hurricanes – America has seen it all and the president says it’s here to stay.
US President Joe Biden is calling on Americans to acknowledge the reality of climate change following the devastation of Hurricane Ida which ravaged the New Orleans coast late August.
In an address to flag the dangers of the unfolding global climate emergency, Biden urges Americans to understand that “climate change is here”.
It comes after the Biden administration travelled to New York and New Jersey for a second time to assess the situation following the storm.
The president also renewed his economic agenda and met with leaders to discuss recovery efforts.
Dozens of people lost their lives following the force of Hurricane Ida, with roads, homes and public transportation networks crippled.
The Biden administration has used this latest weather event to flag the impacts climate change is already having and argue in favour of the investments being delivered in the infrastructure package.
The White House also pushes Congress to approve $10 billion in supplementary funding to help with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.
It’s not just wild storms
Biden also noted that the occurrence of wildfires, hurricanes and floods were also growing in commonality, with a likelihood of hitting every part of the Unites States.
More than 100 million Americans suffered the devastation caused from the summer’s deadly fire season, with the winter months also likely to show no mercy as storms grow progressively worse
“Folks, we got to listen to the scientists and the economists and the national security experts,” President Biden says.
“They all tell us this is code red. The nation and the world are in peril. That’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”
The fight to curb climate change played a key role in the president’s campaign for the top role.
The Biden plan promised a 100 percent clean energy economy net-zero emissions target by 2050 while standing up to the power by polluters who harm low-income communities and people of colour.
But until these plans are well underway, Biden says climate change is here to stay with no time to wait.
Written by Rebecca Borg
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.
“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.
In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.
He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.
Protests engulf major Russia cities
In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.
Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.
As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.
The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.
In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.
Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.
In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.
In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.
“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch
The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.
Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.
Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.
“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.
When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.
Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.
This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.
Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine
A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region
The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.
The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.
Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.
The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”
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