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UN Chief Slams Fossil Fuel Industry for Using Ukraine War to Boost Profitstruthout30 April 2022 (LINK)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres slams fossil fuel industry for using Ukraine conflict to "lock in a high carbon future". Climate action advocates welcomed the message, with Bill McKibben calling it "the most important tweet of the spring". Fossil fuel giants have been accused of price gouging consumers while filling the pockets of top executives and shareholders. Members of Congress are weighing a windfall profits tax intended to prevent such behavior by fossil fuel companies. Chevron and ExxonMobil announced that their profits soared during the first quarter of this year. 89 words: original 613.

Large Hadron Collider breaks new record only days after it reopenslivescience29 April 2022 (LINK)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest particle accelerator. It smashed together protons and ions at almost the speed of light to help scientists understand physics. The LHC has been closed for three years for maintenance and repairs, it reopened on April 22. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has smashed its previous energy output record. Two beams of protons were accelerated to 6.8 trillion electronvolts per beam, according to CERN. The previous record was 6.5 TeV set during the LHC's second run. 84 words: original 438.

Google warns of urgent security fix: Update Chrome now. The most recent version is 101.0.4951.41komando29 April 2022 (LINK)

Chrome update patches over 30 security holes, seven of which are high-risk. Hackers can use a UAF exploit to tunnel their way through the software's memory to deliver malware. The best way to stay protected is to update Chrome as soon as possible. 43 words: original 360.

The Stock Market's Crashing. Should You Worry?investing29 April 2022 (LINK)

The S&P 500's year-to-date return is the worst in 30 years. Forget about it. It's in a bear market, down over 20%. Over time, the sell-off will simply be another data point on a chart. The volatility index (VIX) is back above 30 for the first time since the March lows.

Analysts see a potential head-and-shoulders pattern in the VIX, which would be a positive for the stock market. The Fed's next decision on interest rates could be the spark. There's some evidence suggesting that if the market sells off, we'll get oversold (at least short-term) Top Stocks'. Helene Meisler uses oscillators to determine if the odds favor bulls or bears. If so, a shift toward net long by Real Money Pro's Doug Kass could prove prescient.

This year it's been a trading tape, so it's paid off to sell rallies at resistance and buy the market at support. Focus on late-cycle stocks is better than buying high-beta, early-cycle ideas. Tracking sentiment can help you, and right now, indicators suggest we could be within shooting distance of an actionable rally.180 words: original 1318.

World's oceans face mass marine life extinction if warming continues – study: Sea ecosystems worldwide set to go through a devastating die-off rivaling the most severe extinction event in the planet's history around 250 million years agoafp / timesofisrael29 April 2022 (LINK)

By 2300, life in the oceans faces a mass die-off rivaling the great extinctions of Earth's deep past. But limiting planetary warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will stave off such a catastrophe, scientists say. The preferred goal, of limiting warming to 1.5 Celsius, is impossible to achieve with current international commitments. 54 words: original 353.

An expert on why wars start, and how to prevent them: a colleague disagreesvox28 April 2022 (LINK)

Chris Blattman's new book, Why We Fight, is an attempt to explain why wars persist. Fighting costs lives and money, with an uncertain payoff when the dust settles. It isn't in anybody's best interests, and most conflicts are resolved peaceably, he says. Chris Blattman: War is so costly because peace has this gravitational pull, from all the costs of war. War only happens when some other force yanks it out of that orbit, which is hard to do.

He lists five explanations for war, which are all explanations of how bargaining breaks down. David Frum: Sometimes leaders have a special incentive to invade or attack that their group doesn't share. This especially matters for someone who is completely unaccountable, like Vladimir Putin. In Liberia, maybe Charles Taylor thinks he's going to get more diamond profits from the war. "Uncertainty" is about times when we don't know the strength of our opponent, so it seems like the optimal choice to fight.

Commitment problems are cases where there's some way we can avert our opponent from being strong in the future. They're mostly cases where it pays to invade now to lock in our advantage forever. Konstantin Konstantin totally disagrees with me. I think it comes down to Putin's unchecked-ness and the fact that he is not responsible for the costs [of the war]. He has some private incentives, in terms of the preservation of his regime, to exterminate democracy. 238 words: original 1765.

Sand crisis looms as world population surges, U.N. warnsreuters26 April 2022 (LINK)

Sand is the most exploited natural resource in the world after water, but its use is largely ungoverned. Global consumption for use in glass, concrete and construction materials has tripled over two decades. Some of the impacts of over-exploitation are already being felt. 43 words: original 402 words.

Liechtenstein's 'Veto Initiative' Wins Wide Approval at the UN. Will It Deter the Major Powers?passblue26 April 2022 (LINK)

The goal of the "veto initiative," which was launched in 2020 by Liechtenstein, is to ensure that those responsible for blocking progress are held to account in the 193-member Assembly. All UN member countries have an equal say in that body, and no one has a veto. The resolution's authors hope it will spur debate on whether vetoes should be reconsidered, Wenaweser says. How soon will the initiative be tested? "I really don't know," he says.

The Security Council's primary job is to maintain international peace and security. Since Cold War ended in 1991, 49 proposals have been blocked by the veto in the Council. Russia, China and the US have vetoed more vetoes cast in the last decade than in previous 20 years. Veto initiative will enhance global public scrutiny of the actions of a permanent member or members. The effect could give the so-called P5 members a reason to exercise more restraint. But countries that support measures for a more assertive Assembly should be careful not to use them as tools to isolate Russia. 176 words: original 1328.

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