LONDON (Reuters) - British naturalist David Attenborough warned world leaders on Tuesday it would be too late to tackle climate change if a U.N. climate summit in Scotland does not succeed, and said richer nations had a moral responsibility to act. Britain has cast the United Nations COP26 climate conference which begins in Glasgow on Oct. 31 as the last big chance to slow rising temperatures, and hopes to persuade leaders to adopt tougher climate targets. Attenborough, 95, told the BBC it would be "really catastrophic" if richer nations failed to support poorer ones, and time was running out. "Every day that goes by in which we don't do something about it is a day wasted," he said. "If we don't act now, it'll be too late." The U.N. said on Monday greenhouse gas concentrations had hit a record last year and the world was "way off track" in capping rising temperatures. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "touch and go" as to whether COP26 would succeed in … [Read more...] about Each day without climate action is ‘a day wasted’ – UK’s Attenborough
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Omicron, the supply chain and inflation Jay Powell, the Fed chair, said yesterday that he was retiring the word “transitory,” which he has used for months to describe how long a period of high inflation would last. Stubbornly high inflation could push the central bank to speed up its plan to withdraw financial support from the economy, he said. Today, the O.E.C.D. took a similar tack, warning in its latest economic forecast that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus could worsen supply bottlenecks and push up inflation. Assessing how a potential surge in cases of the new variant would affect economic growth, supply chains and inflation is roiling the market, which has been seesawing in recent days. Stocks tanked yesterday after Powell’s comments but are bouncing back today as sentiment shifts between competing interpretations of how things will play out. Investors appear to be betting that Omicron will slow the economy but also ease inflation. The yield on the 10-year … [Read more...] about The Debate Over Whether Omicron Will Make Inflation Worse
Anyone alive and sentient in 2001 probably remembers the heated fervor that surrounded Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The U to call his dad and tell him he was about to win. ) As the show rolled on, though, producers sought ways to make it more exciting, ultimately landing on a progressive jackpot for a winner. For each episode where no millionaire was crowned, $10,000 would be added to the pot, making audiences wonder when someone would strike it rich. Advertisement As it turned out, the answer was April 9 and 10, 2001, when environmental engineer and Michigander Kevin Olmstead ran the board, ultimately earning $2,180,000 and nabbing the record for the most money won on a game show ever. That record has since fallen in the era of multi-week Jeopardy! runs and that show’s Greatest Of All Time tournament , but in 1999, Olmstead’s achievement was monumental. But what did it feel like for Olmstead, and how did he prep for his rec0rd-setting run? … [Read more...] about What was it like to win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire back in 2001?
If you want someone to praise or blame for the relentlessly wired, chatty, information-soaked 21st-century world we inhabit, the artist Nam June Paik is an apt candidate. Credited as the founder of video art in the 1960s, he turned television into an interactive vehicle for radical theater. He invented the phrase “electronic superhighway” and imagined beta versions of smartphones, Google Glass, distant learning, YouTube, Instagram and the Internet itself. The effort to situate this artist, who died in 2006, as a pioneer of the digital present seems to be the main impetus behind “Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot” at Asia Society, a large and good-looking show — designed by Clayton Vogel, it fills all of the museum’s galleries — that otherwise doesn’t seem to have any particular reason for being. A lot of what’s in it is textbook stuff, and a few less familiar late pieces — paint-slathered portable televisions — aren’t so hot. The catalog offers no new research. Its most substantial … [Read more...] about Hitchhiker on an Electronic Road
Getty Images On Feb. 3, 2002, Andrew Erwin was preparing to shoot the first and only Super Bowl of his career. Working as a cameraman for ESPN, he was about to capture a duel between future NFL legends. On one sideline was Tom Brady , then 24 in his first of many championships to come. On the other: Kurt Warner. Two years earlier, the latter became the talk of American sports, going from undrafted rookie to grocery clerk to Midwestern arena football star to Super Bowl MVP for one of the best offenses in league history. "(For) sports fans, it was always kinda the Holy Grail," Erwin says of Warner's improbable rise. "It was the epitome of any kind of underdog story." Now here was Warner, fresh off his second MVP season, looking to snag his second Lombardi Trophy in three seasons. In the end, Brady got the best of the matchup, denying the Rams a dynasty and instead beginning one with the Patriots . But Warner's journey had already been cemented in sports lore by that … [Read more...] about Kurt Warner goes Hollywood: Inside ‘American Underdog,’ the true story behind an NFL legend’s family and fame