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Good morning, this is Liv, and today we are covering a growing trend in opposition to LGBTQI+ resolutions at the UN, a serious warning about heatwaves from the World Meteorological Organization and a new disease outbreak in Ghana.

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Liv Martin


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Pride parade in 2020 in London, England. (Credit: NIM/Unsplash)

Resistance to LGBTQI+ rights resolutions at the UN. Even as being an LBGTQI+ person has become more mainstream in many parts of the world, it is still one of the most disputed subjects at the UN. At the last Human Rights Council session, a resolution renewing the independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity’s mandate was surrounded by even more backlash than previous years. But the statements heard at the meeting were just the tip of the iceberg, and no match for the language that shocked people behind closed doors.

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Record breaking, scorching temperatures of over 40ºC, like the ones stifling the United Kingdom on Tuesday, are expected to become the norm within the next 40 years as climate change accelerates, according to warnings by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Firefighters across France, Spain and other parts of Europe have been working tirelessly to tame the blazes as an intense heatwave engulfs the continent and is set to continue into next week.

WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that humans “had pumped so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we’ll continue to see this for decades to come”. Aside from high carbon concentration levels in the air, Taalas pointed out that emissions have started to grow rapidly after a short respite during pandemic lockdowns and said he hoped the current event would be a wakeup call for the world.

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