Key moments in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial

– Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are suing each other for defamation, each claiming they were abused before and during their roughly two-year marriage. A Virginia jury is hearing the case, which is expected to run through late May. Below are key moments in the trial so far: — Depp testified that he never hit Heard or any other woman. He said she was the one who became abusive and “bullied” him with “demeaning…

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Steel industry carbon emissions to drop nearly 1/3 by 2050 – Woodmac

BEIJING – Carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s steel sector will fall 30% by 2050 compared with last year as more mills turns to less-polluting electric arc furnaces (EAF), consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a study on Tuesday. Around 48% of global crude steel will be made via EAF by 2050, according to Woodmac, increasing from 30% in 2021 and almost on a par with traditional blast furnace steelmaking. “Together with green hydrogen-based direct reduced…

"Steel industry carbon emissions to drop nearly 1/3 by 2050 – Woodmac"

After fires and floods, climate-conscious independents could determine Australian election

SYDNEY – After some of the worst fires and floods ever to hit Australia, a new cohort of climate-conscious independents are threatening to shake up the federal election on Saturday, putting the government under pressure in key districts and potentially reshaping the country’s political landscape. Enraged by the lack of government action on climate change, the candidates are campaigning hard on environmental issues in the hope of wooing moderate voters away from the major parties.…

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Canada opens public consultations on national climate adaptation strategy

– Canada launched the public consultation phase of a national climate adaptation strategy on Monday, aimed at developing its first-ever framework to help cope with increasing natural disasters and other severe impacts from global warming. During the three-month consultation period Canadians are being asked for input on how communities and businesses should prepare for climate-related disasters like wildfires, rising sea levels and melting permafrost. The climate in Canada is warming twice as fast as the…

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‘Rust’ producer says movie will be completed – Hollywood Reporter

– A producer of the movie “Rust,” whose set saw the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year, said the movie will be completed, the Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday. Hutchins was killed in October when a revolver that actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with during filming in New Mexico fired a live round that hit her and movie director Joel Souza. Souza was wounded but survived. “We’re confident we’ll be able to…

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U.S. announces $6 billion in natural relief payments for farmers

CHICAGO – The U.S. Agriculture Department announced on Monday $6 billion in emergency relief payments for farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. The funding can help cover damage to crops, trees, bushes, and vines from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, drought and extreme temperatures and comes from a bill President Joe Biden signed into law in September.

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Weather mostly favours Ukrainian grain crops in May, consultancy says

KYIV – Weather conditions for the development of Ukrainian spring and winter crops were satisfactory in early May and most of the crops are in good or satisfactory condition, analyst APK-Inform said on Monday. Ukraine has almost completed its early spring grain sowing and the area would be 20% to 30% smaller than in peace time because of fighting in southern and eastern regions of the country, one of the world’s biggest wheat exporters. “Weather…

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How the new Latin America left is seeking a greener future

MEXICO CITY – Colombia’s presidential front-runner Gustavo Petro wants, if he wins later this month, to stop all new oil exploration and move his country to a greener future. That lines him up with Chile’s recently-elected President Gabriel Boric, a Millennial who has also pledged to take a firm stance on tackling climate change. As Latin America sees a resurgent ‘pink tide’ – with most of the region set to be headed by leftists by…

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Johnny Depp defamation trial resumes Monday with ex-wife Heard on stand

– Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, will return to the witness stand on Monday in a defamation trial filled with graphic allegations of physical and emotional abuse from both sides. Jurors in the case have listened to explicit recordings of the couple’s arguments and testimony about a severed finger, feces in a bed and an alleged sexual assault with a bottle. Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million, saying she defamed him when…

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Rainstorms in France give some relief to cereals but not enough, FNSEA says

PARIS – Storms and rainshowers in large parts of France overnight provided some relief but not enough for French cereals suffering a prolonged drought, the head of the French agriculture association said on Monday. FNSEA chief Christiane Lambert said on BFM television that rain that fell overnight would not solve wheat growers’ problems as some of it ran off the land rather than penetrate bone-dry soils. “The situation is very complicated because water reserves are…

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