1. AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS KICK OFF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTS
Thousands of Australian students walked out of class today to join rallies demanding stronger action to rein in climate change, which they said is contributing to the country’s bushfire crisis.
The rallies, in Sydney and other major Australian cities, were the first in a series of protests by students across the globe demanding governments do more to protect the environment.
Holding home-made signs, including “The climate is changing, why aren’t we?”, protesters in Sydney accused the government of inadequate action in addressing Australia’s bushfire crisis.
Australia has been battling wildfires for weeks, which have killed at least four people, burnt about 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 500 homes.
2. NORTH KOREA LEADER ‘GREATLY SATISFIED’ OVER ROCKET TEST
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher that showcased improving performance by the system and its crews.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in a fourth test of its new “super-large multiple-rocket launcher.
Experts said the new short-range missiles pose a direct threat to South Korea and U.S. forces stationed there.
3. EU PARLIAMENT DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Ahead of the start of a major UN climate summit in Madrid next week, the European Parliament today adopted a resolution declaring a state of climate emergency in the European Union.
The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in “a state of planetary emergency”.
The resolution, passed by a vote of 429 to 225, comes ahead of a crucial month in the global battle against climate change, with the adoption of an unprecedentedly ambitious EU strategy and the adoption of a rulebook for the Paris Climate Agreement at the Madrid summit.