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India and Bangladesh are evacuating millions of people from coastal areas ahead of a super cyclone which is approaching from the Bay of Bengal.
Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall in an area near the border of the two countries later. More than 20 relief teams have already been deployed, and several more are on standby.
The coronavirus outbreak is making it harder for officials in both countries to evacuate people in these regions. The cyclone comes as ten of thousands of migrant workers flee cities for their villages during India’s lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Some district officials have barred entry into their areas and requested the state government to accommodate the migrants – many of whom are walking home – elsewhere until the storm passes.
Both states have asked for schools and other buildings in the areas likely to be hit by the super cyclone to be turned into temporary shelters. They need more than the usual numbers in order to house people while maintaining social distancing.
Officials in Bangladesh fear it will be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr killed about 3,500 people in 2007. Most died as a result of seawater surging in. This would be the first super cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 super cyclone that hit the Orissa coast and killed more than 9,000 people.
Captain Reemasha Nelson is the first Black woman to serve as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, which has been conducting flyovers in cities across the country as a gesture toward first responders, nurses, doctors and other essential workers helping battle the spread of COVID-19 and support their communities.
This is Captain Reemashay Nelson’s first season with the Air Force ThunderBirds squadron. Shows have temporarily been placed on hold because of the coronavirus, but they have conducted flyovers across D.C., Baltimore, and Atlanta to pay tribute to people battling the pandemic.
Navajo Nation has surpassed New York for the highest per capita coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. With over 4,000 recorded cases, Navajo Nation has over 2,300 infections per 100,000 people. New York state has roughly 1,800 cases per 100,000 people.
An international study of global carbon emissions found that daily emissions declined 17% between January and early April, compared to average levels in 2019, and could decline anywhere between 4.4% to 8% by the year’s end. That figure would mark the largest annual decrease in carbon emissions since World War II, researchers said.
The study centered on 69 countries, all 50 US states and 30 Chinese provinces, which account for 85% of the world population and 97% of all global carbon dioxide emissions. 2020 is still on track to be one of the top five hottest years on record.
According to United Nations Environment projections, to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, we need to reduce emissions by 7.6% every single year between now and 2030.
Germany and France have proposed the creation of a fund of 500 billion euros (more than $540 billion) to support the recovery of the European Union’s coronavirus-stricken economies. The fund would add to the more than half-trillion dollars in emergency relief measures the bloc’s 27 leaders signed off on last month.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled their plan during a joint video news conference on Monday. The 500 billion euros would be raised through EU-backed bonds to help industries and regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money from the recovery fund would be disbursed in the form of grants rather than loans, and repayments would be made from the EU budget over a roughly 20-year period.