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The United States and Britain are fighting to contain an international backlash over a nuclear submarine pact reached with Australia amid concerns that the alliance could provoke China and spark conflict in the Pacific.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made clear that the administration had chosen to close ranks with Australia in the face of China’s belligerent behavior. He said: “While we seek a constructive and results-oriented relationship with [China], we will keep our clear vision of Beijing’s efforts to undermine the established international order. “

Meanwhile, Taiwan has welcomed the support of key allies after a ministerial forum between the United States and Australia promised closer ties with the island and the European Parliament called for a bilateral trade deal. Beijing has taken an increasingly aggressive stance toward Taipei, which has long received military support from the United States.

  • What is the Aukus agreement? And the UK are committed to sharing sensitive technology with Australia to enable it to develop its first nuclear powered submarines.

  • How has China reacted? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused the three partners of engaging in an “outdated zero-sum cold war mentality.”

  • What did Taiwan say? The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry “sincerely thanked” the United States and Australia for their “strong and open” support.

Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation, but critics say effort falls short

Facebook has long been criticized for allowing misinformation about the weather to proliferate. Photographer: Johannes Simon / Getty Images

Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and releasing a series of videos to highlight climate changers. young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram.

But critics say the new push, announced Thursday, will be brief and allow a lot of misinformation about the weather to creep through the cracks.

Facebook has long been criticized for allowing misinformation about the climate crisis to proliferate on its platform. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO, accepted in a congressional hearing in April 2021 that climate misinformation is “a big problem.” In the past, the company has said that such misinformation represents “a very small percentage of the total misinformation about the service,” but declined to share figures.

  • InfluenceMap, the climate denial watchdog group found that dozens of climate denial ads had been viewed more than 8 million times after going through the social media filters.

  • A recent study by Friends of the Earth, an environmental organization, found that about 99% of the weather misinformation about the February 2021 power outages in Texas went unchecked.

  • Facebook has rejected the study’s findings, qualifying its characterization as “misleading”.

Far-Right Groups Tell Supporters Planned Washington Rally Is A Government ‘Trap’

FILES-POLITICS-UNITED STATES-JUSTICE-TRUMP (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 6, 2021, a protester, claiming to be a member of the Proud Boys, confronts police officers as supporters of the protest by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, outside the United States.  Capitol in Washington, DC.  - Seven United States Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and members of right-wing extremist groups on August 26, 2021, accusing them of being directly responsible for the January 6 attack on Congress.  (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP via Getty Images)
A rioter confronts police officers at the United States Capitol on January 6. Photographer: Alex Edelman / AFP / Getty Images

Extremist groups and prominent right-wing figures are warning their supporters not to attend a far-right rally in support of those arrested for participating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, calling the event a “false flag” and “cheating. ”.

Capitol Police are preparing for possible violence at the “Justice for J6” protest rally taking place in Washington dc Saturday, and the security fence has been erected once again around the Capitol building.

But local and federal officials too said what they expect no more than 700 people to attend the protest, far from estimated Tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters who gathered on Capitol Hill in January.

On right-wing social media platforms, “most of the people who speak about the event in any capacity tell people to stay away from DC,” said Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • Who organizes the rally? It is being organized by Look Ahead America, a group led by Matt Braynard, who was briefly employed by Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

The largest tree in the world wrapped in a fire resistant blanket as the flames of California approach

Firefighters have wrapped the historic General Sherman Tree, estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old, with fireproof blankets in Sequoia National Park, California.
Firefighters have wrapped the historic General Sherman Tree, estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old, with fireproof blankets in Sequoia National Park, California. Photograph: NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE / AFP / Getty Images

Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic redwoods from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park’s giant forest, some of the other redwoods, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped up as protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.

Aluminum wrap can withstand intense heat for short periods. Federal officials say they have been using the material for several years throughout the western United States to protect sensitive structures from flames. Homes near Lake Tahoe that were wrapped in protective material survived, while others nearby were destroyed.

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FILE PHOTO: Exxon's US oil refineries pump more soot than rivals' plants FILE PHOTO: A view of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA FILE PHOTO
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photographer: Kathleen Flynn / Reuters
  • US Congressional Investigators Say They Have Uncovered “Very Worrisome” New Documents about ExxonMobil’s disinformation campaign to discredit climate science. Representative Ro Khanna said the documents were “concerning”.

  • Academics of Color Are Being Targeted by the Faculty Watch List, an online list of scholars curated by the right-wing group Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a powerful supporter of Donald Trump, and his GOP allies.

  • A single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones into the trash., according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT, which highlights the high turnover in computer hardware that incentivizes cryptocurrency.

  • Simone Biles gave emotional testimony at a hearing in the United States Senate on Tuesday about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal., an episode that shook the gymnastics world and involved some of America’s most famous young athletes.

Don’t Miss This: Progressive Genesis, ’80s Stardom, and Phil Collins’ Health

Rehearsal studio photographs of Genesis, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks
Genesis in 2021 … the main trio of Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Tony Banks. Photographer: Will Ireland / Genesis

“Under the radar” can be a strange way to describe a band that has sold more than 150 million albums. But of course Genesis has always been peculiarly modest. Since the early ’70s, Peter Gabriel’s iteration, where they quickly rose from progressive rock to their astonishingly successful’ 80s, has remained a wildly popular, but pleasantly eccentric proposition. But how, exactly, did Genesis go from progressive titans, famous for its 20-minute epics, elevated concept suites, and bizarre costume changes, to stadium-packed ’80s pop?

Climate control: Humans are invading brown bear territory. Can we live together?

Coastal Brown Bear, or Grizzly Bear, Southcentral Alaska.  Coastal Brown Bear, also known as Grizzly Bear, Ursus Arcos, Southcentral Alaska.  United States of America.  (Photo by: Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
“You are more likely to be struck by lightning than a bear,” says bear specialist Kim Johnston. Photograph: Education Images / Universal Images Group / Getty Images

A fatal encounter with a grizzly bear, or any bear, is exceptionally rare, but in Montana the recent murder of 65-year-old camper Leah Davis Lokan is considered further proof that a flourishing and expanding grizzly population, with the help Four decades of protection increasingly collides with residents and visitors of the western US Bear numbers are increasing as the human population in bear strongholds in southwestern Montana has increased by up to a third in the last decade. The two species now share more mutual gaps and more conflict.

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Latest: message in a bottle from Japan hits Hawaii beach after 37 years

The glass bottle was found in June and returned to Choshi High School in Japan in September.
The glass bottle was found in June and returned to Choshi High School in Japan in September. Photographer: Alamy

A glass bottle that was thrown into the sea 37 years ago by high school students in Japan was found on the island of Hawaii, some 6,000 kilometers away. Students from the natural science club at Choshi High School in eastern Chiba prefecture released the bottle in 1984 as part of a project to investigate ocean currents. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported. At a briefing on September 15 about the discovery, the school’s deputy principal, Jun Hayashi, said: “We think the last one was found in Kikaijima. We never imagined that another would be found 37 years later. “

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