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July is hottest month ever recorded – climate researchers

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July 2019 has beaten July 2016 to become the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, a leading climate change institute reported on Monday.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), said data showed last July’s global temperature was marginally higher than the previous record-holder three years ago when the planet had experienced an El Nino warming event.

“July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data.

“It is also the warmest month recorded globally by a very small margin,’’ said Jean-Noel Thepault, Head of C3S, Brussels.

“With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future,’’ Thepault said.

According to C3S, July is close to 0.56 degrees Celsius above average for the 30-year period between 1981 and 2010.

“It was also close to 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial level, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“The month of June was also the hottest in Europe and worldwide since records began more than a century ago, said C3S.

“Copernicus is the Earth observation programme of the European Union (EU), which relies to a large extent on satellite data.’’(dpa/NAN)

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China imposes extra 10%, 5% tariffs on $75bn worth of U.S. imports 

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The State Council Tariff Committee said this in a statement on Friday.

The U.S. will impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

“The Tariff Committee of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China has decided to introduce additional 10 per cent and 5 per cent tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported U.S. goods,” the committee said.

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Israeli teen killed by explosive device attack in West Bank 

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Her 46-year-old father and 19-year-old brother were seriously injured in the attack, the army and the responsible hospital in Jerusalem said on Friday.

The attack took place near the settlement of Dolev, north-west of Ramallah.

Soldiers were searching the area and street blockades had been set up, according to a statement.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke in a statement of a “terrible terrorist attack this morning.”

“My heart and prayers are with the family at this difficult time, and for the recovery of those injured.

“We will continue to strengthen settlement. We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies.

“The security arms are in pursuit after the abhorrent terrorists. We will apprehend them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza Strip, part of the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War.

More than 600,000 Israeli settlers now live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Heat, drought in Germany lead to below-average harvests

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Omitting data from 2018 – a drought year – the harvest was about six per cent lower than the average of the crops from 2013 to 2017, the German Farmers’ Association said on Friday on Facebook.

“Overall, we see that the weather extremes are increasing,” Association President, Joachim Rukwied, said, noting that some regions had sufficient rainfall, while others recorded temperatures as high as 40 degrees in June and July.

“This,of course, puts pressure on yields,’’ he added.

Low rainfall and high temperatures in 2018 led many German farmers to record their worst harvest, with Agriculture Minister, Julia Kloeckner, saying the “national scale” of the drought inflicted damage that required federal assistance.

Farmers with financial problems have so far received around 228 million euros (252 million dollars) in state aid.

Payouts are possible until Aug. 31 of this year.

Germany’s federal and state governments had promised aid of up to 170 million euros each.

Germany’s Agriculture Ministry will present its harvest report on Aug. 29. (dpa/NAN)

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5 killed in stampede at concert in Algeria

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The crash took place in a Stadium at the central Algiers before a concert by Algerian rapper, Abderraouf Derradji, also known as Soolking late Thursday.

The dead were two girls, two boys and a 21-year-old man, the civil defence added in a statement.

The concert went on as scheduled and was shown live on state Algerian television.

Around 45,000 fans, mostly teenagers, attended the concert, according to an Algerian news portal, Echorouk online.

Eyewitnesses said the scramble occurred when guards failed to direct people to entrances in an orderly manner. (dpa/NAN)

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UK PM deeply concerned about Amazon rainforest fires

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London, Aug. 23, 2019 Britain is deeply concerned about fires in the Amazon rainforest and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the G7 summit to call for a renewed focus on protecting nature, his office said on Friday.

“The prime minister is deeply concerned by the increase in fires in the Amazon rainforest and the impact of the tragic loss of these precious habitats,’’ said a spokeswoman.

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