The new IPCC report is quite dire and makes clear that very serious climate changes are already locked in—temps are likely to rise by 1.5 degrees C in the very near term. The report stresses that it’s not too late to work towards preventing even more severe global warming.
Mendocino, California is running out of water. Businesses are having to pay to bring water in by tanker to keep functioning. Drought has caused its supplying reservoir to run dry.
Federal student loan payments are suspended until next year. This is said to be the final extension of the moratorium:
The Biden administration has announced that federal student loan payments will remain suspended through January 2022. The Education Department says this will be the final extension. https://t.co/wSwwhvdufp
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 6, 2021
In more news of bizarre supply chain issues: McDonald’s is having trouble stocking its to-go bags.
Teslas occasionally combust and burn to a crisp, and when they do they burn white hot and sometimes can’t be extinguished. It’s not a good practice to leave Teslas charging overnight unsupervised. This problem is said to be rare, but Tesla is reportedly not doing a great job of investigating these incidents.
The world has over 204 million COVID cases. The world has gained 4.5 million cases in the last week. There have been over 4.3 million deaths in total. The US has a cumulative 36.7 million cases. Over 633,000 Americans have died. The US gained 92,000 new cases yesterday. There have been 278 deaths reported in the US in the last day. The US, Iran, India, and the UK have the highest daily case gain in the world. Delta remains the dominant global variant.
Vaccinations seem to provide a protective mechanism against dementia—some more than others. Maybe this could be another good reason for folks to get their COVID jab:
As if being protected against one deadly disease weren't enough good news !
— Farooq Butt (@fmbutt) August 6, 2021
There could be upstream and downstream impacts from Delta on the supply chain:
WH PRESS SEC. PSAKI: AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE DELTA VARIANT, WE EXPECT SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS.
— Breaking Market News (@FinancialJuice) August 6, 2021
So far dexamethasone and monoclonal antibodies are the few winning drug treatments for COVID patients. Failed treatments include lopinavir/ritonavir, the infamous and much-touted hydroxychloroquine, interferon-beta, and remdesivir. Large trials of other potential treatments are underway.
The government of Australia has expanded a COVID-related border ban that is so restrictive it could prevent its citizens who live overseas from leaving if they visit. Exemptions will require an application.
Vaccinated folks from the US can travel to Canada again. Test results will also have to be furnished before crossing the border.
The US South is on fire with Delta. If Louisiana and/or Florida were countries instead of states, the US would restrict travel to them:
If Louisiana was a country, it would be #2 on Earth in COVID cases per capita this week to Fiji. Florida not far behind. pic.twitter.com/xzfd48w1JU
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) August 8, 2021
The Pentagon is mandating vaccines for the US military:
The Pentagon will require members of the US military to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15, according to a memo. That deadline could be pushed up if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or infection rates continue to rise. https://t.co/Soh0jvwtwP
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) August 9, 2021
Courts say DeSantis can’t prevent cruise ships from asking passengers about COVID vaccine status:
A federal judge has granted Norwegian Cruise Line’s request to temporarily block a Florida law banning cruise companies from asking passengers for proof of coronavirus vaccination before they board a ship. https://t.co/Tn1vqahByU
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 9, 2021
The US has the largest vaccine supply and a surplus of people too disinformed and too distrustful to make proper use of it:
USA with the best vaccine supply has now 17% of the worlds daily new COVID cases. In number of cases per day we are in a different level and trajectory than every other country in the world. Again. pic.twitter.com/78FG4Vf7Oc
— Vincent Rajkumar (@VincentRK) August 8, 2021