The Daily Populous

Sunday January 30th, 2022 evening edition

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A US federal judge has blocked a highly controversial sale of oil and gas drilling leases across 80m acres of the Gulf of Mexico, ruling that Joe Biden’s administration did not properly consider the leases’ impact upon the climate crisis.

“New oil leases are fundamentally incompatible with addressing the climate emergency, and they’ll cause more oil spills and harm to wildlife and people in the Gulf.”.

The lease sale was held in November, just days after UN climate talks in Scotland in which the president vowed the US would “lead by example” in tackling the climate crisis.

Biden had previously promised to shut down all new oil and gas drilling to curb emissions of planet-heating gases.

The Gulf of Mexico auction eventually resulted in 1.7m acres sold off to oil firms including Exxon, Chevron and BP, the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

“These leases were a climate disaster waiting to happen,” said Raúl Grijalva, one of the three lawmakers and chair of the House natural resources committee.

“We are glad that the court has held them accountable for this reckless action, and we will continue to fight to protect Gulf coast communities from the dangers of offshore drilling and climate chaos. »

Ubisoft responds to angry NFT Digits and Quartz reaction – Interview

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And our belief is that, piece by piece, the puzzle will be revealed and understood by our players.

I think it's great because it shows how engaged our players are and how passionate they are about their hobby and gaming in general.

Are you guys looking into things like that and trying to spread the Ubisoft brand in the existing NFT space?. »

James Blunt threatens to release new music on Spotify in protest against Joe Rogan

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James Blunt has threatened to release new music on Spotify in protest against Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is an exclusive on the platform.

Earlier this week, Neil Young had his music removed from Spotify after writing an open letter that said the Joe Rogan Experience was “spreading false information about vaccines”.

“If Spotify doesn’t immediately remove Joe Rogan, I will release new music onto the platform,” he wrote on Twitter before ending with a hashtag that read “You were beautiful”. »

Putin's oligarchs will have 'nowhere to hide' with widened sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine - as UK 'rules nothing out'

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday of an "increasingly concerning" situation over Ukraine, after he received briefings this week from defence chiefs.

"I continue to urge Russia to engage in negotiations and avoid a reckless and catastrophic invasion," he posted on Twitter.

However, the foreign secretary has deemed it "very unlikely" that British troops could be sent to fight alongside Ukrainians against Russia. »

Biden signs executive order making sexual harassment an offense in military's judicial code

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(CNN) President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order designating sexual harassment as an offense in the US military's judicial code.

Along with designating sexual harassment as a separate offense, the NDAA changed how sexual harassment complaints are handled within the military.

"I think any intent to eradicate sexual assault or harassment from the ranks is a good step and certainly a necessary step. »