1. What’s the story?
Teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, gave a blistering speech at the United Nations Climate Summit on Monday, harshly admonishing world leaders for their failure to do the bare minimum to save this planet. Here is her passionate, incredible speech – speaking truth to power. “’You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words…”, she said. “…we are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth — how dare you!’
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Telangana, that’s where. In a major win for the nation’s environmentalists and tribal rights activists, the Telangana Government cancelled its permission to explore and mine uranium in the Nallamala forest area. Proposed mining would not only have destroyed tribal land, led to deforestation, and killed endangered big cats, it would also have polluted the Krishna river – one of the main water sources for the city of Hyderabad.
3. What more?
The young woman who accused influential BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of sexual assault has now been detained by the Special Investigation Team in connection with an extortion case filed by the politician. The extortion claim came a month after the accuser was rescued from Rajasthan after being allegedly kidnapped by Chinmayanand’s goons for daring to go public with her allegations.
4. Anything else?
The world’s richest families seem to be hoarding cash in view of climate change, trade wars, Brexit, and recession. Ironically enough, this is slowing the global economy down even further – according to the latest survey by a major Swiss bank.
5. Is that all?
In a bizarre sequence of events, a Russian navy boat was attacked and sunk by a walrus in the Arctic, it was reported on Monday.
6. Before you leave…
Read about how light pollution is destroying this world, and how, “…beneath the surface of one of Germany’s deepest lakes, researchers are studying the hidden effects of artificial light…”