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Why is Europe burning? Scientists link hot weather to climate change

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The Great European Heatwave continues, with thousands evacuated from Mediterranean communities as wildfires spread

A view shows smoke rising from the Gironde forest fires as seen from Landiras, France. Twitter @Dgamax

Strong winds in the south-west of France are frustrating efforts to contain a fire racing through pine forests.

14,000 people have been ordered to flee from the Gironde region, with this fire and another just south of Bordeaux destroying 10,000 hectares of land.

In southern Spain, 3,200 people have fled from their homes and the blazes are moving closer and closer towards popular tourist area, Málaga.

Portugal’s wildfires have now been extinguished, but 659 people have died from the extreme heat over the past week.

Fire season has hit Europe hard and fast this year, following an unusually dry and hot spring.

Britain’s Met Office issues first ever ‘red’ warning

In the UK, a red extreme heat warning has been issued for the first time in history.

A national emergency has been declared for areas including London, Manchester and York.

Reports suggest millions of workers will stay at home over the next 48 hours to escape the heatwave’s peak.

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The extreme warning means there is a risk to life and authorities are urging residents to make changes to their daily routines in order to stay safe.

Speed restrictions are likely to be imposed for trains, while some schools will close early and hospital appointments cancelled.

The National Health Service (NHS) is also concerned there will be greater demand for ambulances, warning patients could left outside hospitals in emergency vehicles.

Experts believe the extreme temperatures Europe is currently facing can be attributed to climate change.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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