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 Arctic Circle sees highest-ever temperatures 

Meteorologists have found another sign of global warming. There were record temperatures in the Arctic Circle. The temperature reached 38º Celsius in a town in Siberia. The town holds the world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth. It changes from minus 68ºC to 37.3ºC. The heatwave is 18 degrees higher than usual. This is ringing alarm bells. Climatologists say the Arctic Circle is warming at twice the rate of the global average.

A scientist is very worried about rising temperatures. He said: "Year-on-year temperature records are being broken around the world... We will see more of this in the near future." A professor said: "This is a warning message from the Earth itself. We ignore it at our peril." Scientists say higher temperatures in Siberia could accelerate global warming. The melting permafrost is increased dangerous levels of carbon dioxide and methane.



Apple to Drop Intel and Use its own Chips in Mac Computers

Apple says it will start using the same chip technology it uses in its mobile devices to power the next generation of Mac computers. The new technology will replace Intel-based chips, which have been built into Mac machines for the past 15 years. Chips help power a computer’s processing system. One of the main materials used to make computer chips is silicon, a chemical element.

In its announcement this week, the company said its first Mac to include the new “Apple Silicon” chips would be available by the end of 2020. The news came during Apple’s yearly conference for computer programmers and mobile app developers. This year, the conference was held online because of the coronavirus crisis.

Apple says the decision to move away from Intel chips is designed to make Mac computers faster and more efficient while requiring less power. Johny Srouji is Apple’s vice president explained the change to the conference. “The first thing this will do is give the Mac a whole new level of performance,” he said.



Climate crisis threatens the future of the global sport

Climate change will threaten global sport over the next three decades. A report said nearly all sports would be affected by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the weather had already disrupted major events. Bushfires created dangerous playing conditions at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential typhoon rain disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause more problems.

A researcher asked the sports industry to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most important role models. If sport can change how it operates to...end the climate emergency, others will follow." Carbon emissions from global sport are equal to those of a medium-sized country. The report author said the sport should be more proactive. He said making sports carbon-neutral would bring a common-sense approach to politics.



Can millions more street vendors save China from a jobs crisis? 

For years, China invested money for its future on world-class manufacturing and new technology. Now, it's having to think a simpler, and older, a solution to its rising jobs crisis involving millions more street vendors — and the idea is revealing divisions in Beijing. It began to gain attraction last month when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang — the second-highest-ranking official in China after President Xi Jinping — praised the city of Chengdu for creating 100,000 jobs overnight by setting up tens of thousands of street stalls, which typically sell food, fresh vegetables, clothes, and toys.

The government needs to try harder to create new jobs by "breaking through stereotypes," Li said in Beijing. "China has a labor force of 900 million. Without jobs, there are 900 million mouths that need to be fed. With jobs, there are 900 million pairs of hands that can create enormous wealth." The suggestion that street vendors could be the answer to China's unemployment problem wasn't limited to Li's remarks at the gathering. Li continued praising street vendors after the gathering during a visit to eastern Shandong province.



Air bridges open to allow more people to travel

The word "air bridge" has a new meaning. An old meaning is a walkway that joins an airport to an airplane. Now, it also means a way for people to travel safely in the coronavirus pandemic. It is also called a "travel bubble". Countries that feel safe in the coronavirus are making air bridges. The U.K. will have air bridges with other countries. People traveling between these countries will not need to quarantine.

Travelers to the UK must give the government their contact and travel details and where they will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK wants to open its economy to people from other countries. It wants to allow visitors from France, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. A newspaper said these countries are "most advantageous" to the UK economy. The UK is also thinking about an air bridge with Australia.



Amid the pandemic, a group of asylum seekers was moved to a small, rural Irish town

Misha was living in a hotel in a green suburb of Ireland's capital city under the country's controversial asylum seeker accommodation system when a letter arrived. But the letter wasn't about her asylum status. Misha and dozens of other asylum seekers at the Dublin hotel were notified that they would be moved to a rural town over 200 miles away due to concerns over Covid-19 spreading. 

Just days after they arrived, one of the residents started showing symptoms, according to three people. Then the rumors started. The outbreak, which swiftly spread through the hotel, infecting 25 people at its peak, was declared over on May 20 by Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE). Local residents and asylum seekers are continuing to push for the center to be shut down, joining together as a united front in a series of demonstrations.

Azwar Fuard, an asylum seeker, "We should be given, at least, the status of permission to remain so we can have our own-door accommodation, cook our own meals and keep ourselves and our families safe from the virus," said.



Safe, New Way to Socialize: 'Support Bubbles'

 Are there safe ways to spend time with friends during the pandemic? To answer this question, health experts have been looking at one method, called a COVID-19 “support bubble.” They found that forming such a group -- or bubble -- with a few close friends can be safe. Experts claim these groups may help to fight off loneliness and fear after months of social distancing. It calls for two people or families to agree to socialize in person only with each other. The numbers are kept small to limit the risk of infection. 

As many places begin to re-open, support bubbles are already becoming more popular in the U.S. and other countries. Members of a support bubble can meet, inside buildings or in outdoor, open spaces – without staying two meters apart. Per Block of Britain’s Oxford University is one of the writers of a report on the study. He says there is no guarantee of “complete safety” when people have “face-to-face contact with others outside their home.”But he added that limiting interactions to one other family presents a much smaller risk than going back to traditional methods of socializing.



Heaviest ever sumo wrestler gives diet advice 

The heaviest ever sumo wrestler gave some health advice. Orora weighed 292kg when he retired in 2018. He has warned wrestlers to take better care of themselves. Orora told a newspaper that Japan's sumo wrestlers should eat less. Sumo wrestlers have big appetites. Orora said wrestlers should think about their diet. He said they should reduce their calories. He said: "It's never easy to stay healthy as long as you're living the life of a sumo wrestler."

Orora said a sumo wrestler's lifestyle can be unhealthy. He put on weight by eating two big meals a day that contained over 7,000 calories. He ate 200 pieces of sushi with lots of beer. He also ate extra bowls of rice. This gave him hypertension. He said: "I would lie down and nap right after eating, which wasn't good. Just walking or moving was really troublesome." Japan's sumo association said wrestlers should eat more fish and vegetables and avoid snacks.


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