The Week in Stories Around the Globe

The EU should treat all refugees like it is treating Ukrainians

Multiple commentators have argued that Europe’s differential treatment of Ukrainian refugees demonstrates its racism or its neo-colonialism – pointing a discerning finger at the distance between the universal values the EU claims and how these values manifest themselves at a practical level. 

#EuropeanUnion #Refugees #War #Hope

“It’s Going to be Real,” President Biden on War-Related Food Shortages

CARBIS BAY, CORNWALL – JUNE 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pose for the Leaders official welcome and family photo during the G7 Summit In Carbis Bay, on June 11, 2021 in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, hosts leaders from the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada at the G7 Summit. This year the UK has invited India, South Africa, and South Korea to attend the Leaders’ Summit as guest countries as well as the EU. (Photo by Leon Neal – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In an opinion column posted today at The Financial Times Online, Stefan Wagstyl pointed out that, “Rising food prices are ringing alarm bells for households all over the world. UK food banks say they have never been busier. Supermarkets in Italy have reported panic buying. And in Iraq there have been bread price protests.

#Biden #G7 #FoodShortages #Russia

Hong Kong eases quarantine amid angst over ‘zero COVID’ isolation

“The roadmap is a relief for confirming the reopening path, but the pace is still a big question mark. If Hong Kong does not find a way to close the gap with other competitors, the current reopening pace may not stop the outflows of talent. The most important comparable advantage of Hong Kong is on its free flows of capital and people. Without it, it is for sure that Hong Kong will lose its competitiveness.”

#HongKong #COVID19 #Pandemic

Why the warming oceans will get louder

The link between temperature and snapping is clear, said Mooney, and suggests that it’s almost certainly going to get louder in ocean reefs, which teem with life (Though, like all novel research, these compelling results must be reproduced again). The looming question, however, is what does this boost in noise mean for ocean animals?

#ClimateChange #TheOceans #Science #Nature

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