Astonishing heat across the globe has shattered temperature records from North America to Antarctica. Scientists say the past three days were probably the hottest in Earth’s modern history.
Forecasters warn that the Earth could be entering a multi-year period of exceptional heat driven by two main factors: continuous emissions of heat-trapping gases, mainly caused by human burning of fossil fuels; and the return of El Niño, a cyclical weather pattern. Some projections expect next year to be even warmer.
But already, the effects of the warming have been striking and far-reaching: In places where summers often scorch, including Texas and India, recent triple-digit heat waves have turned deadly. Off the coast of Antarctica, sea ice levels have fallen to record lows this year.
Photographer Cesar Rodriguez traveled to Hermosillo, Mexico, to see how people there react to some of the most intense heat on the planet. On a recent day, when temperatures reached 121 degrees, one resident described it as “being thrown by fireballs.”
Prigozhin is in Russia, despite an agreement to leave
As of this morning, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary leader who just two weeks ago led a brief but stunning rebellion against Moscow’s military leadership, was back home in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, according to President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
A Pentagon official later said that Prigozhin had remained in Russia for most of the period since the uprising. It was not clear, the official added, whether Prigozhin ever actually set foot in Belarus, as was reported by state media there last week. He apparently uses body doubles, which make his movements harder to track.
Under an agreement reached with the Kremlin, Prigozhin agreed to be exiled to Belarus in exchange for amnesty, but Lukashenko said he was a “free man.” Lukashenko’s remarks added to the confusion surrounding the aftermath of the most dramatic challenge to Vladimir Putin’s authority in his 23 years in power.
Alzheimer’s medication will soon be widely available
The FDA granted full approval today to the Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi. The drug can modestly slow cognitive decline in the early stages of the disease, but it also carries some significant safety risks. It is the first time in two decades that a drug for Alzheimer’s disease has received full approval from the agency, meaning the FDA has found solid evidence of potential benefit.
It will cost about $26,500 annually, but Medicare said it will cover about 80 percent of the cost.
Did the mayor of New York fake a photo?
Last year, after the killing of two NYPD officers, New York City Mayor Eric Adams shared a moving personal story as he weathered a crisis. In 1987, he said, a friend died while on duty, and Adams kept a picture of him in his wallet. He repeated the story several times and posed for a portrait with a wallet-sized photo.
But that photo didn’t actually spend decades in the mayor’s wallet, my colleague Emma Fitzsimmons reported. It was created by employees in the mayor’s office in the days after Adams claimed to have worn it. They even used coffee stains to make the picture look older.
Instagram’s “Twitter killer” has arrived
In the months since Elon Musk bought Twitter and began tinkering with its features, developers have raced to build a replacement. The most anticipated of the competitors was released last night: Threads, launched by Meta, is a companion app to Instagram. It has already been downloaded more than 30 million times in its first 16 hours.
In many ways, Threads looks almost identical to Twitter. Users can post mostly text-based messages to a scrolling feed, where people who follow them or whom they follow can respond. Here’s everything else you need to know about the new social network.
Hard times for Georgia peaches
In Georgia, eating a peach over the kitchen sink is a birthright, cobbler recipes are passed down through the generations and dozens of streets in Atlanta are named Peachtree. A summer without peaches is unfathomable. But this year it is close to reality.
After a warm winter and hard freezes in March, some hopeful state officials estimated that 10 percent of the peach crop survived, but farmers fear it’s even worse. The scarcity left many residents arguing and some shipping in the fruit from California (which my colleague Kim Severson compared to playing “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium).
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Where 9 year olds do 60 miles an hour
At a racetrack outside Houston this spring, vehicles sped around corners and straight down, maneuvering around each other and competing for top prize. But it wasn’t just any race; the drivers were all children, some as young as 6.
For these kids, many of whom have ambitions to become professional racers, kart racing is their first chance to get behind the wheel. We talked to them about why they do it.
Have an exciting evening.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. – Matthew
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