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World and Press June 2

June 2 2022 • No 12 • 74th Year of Publication • Original Pressetexte aus britischen und US-amerikanischen Medien € 2,50 [d] Sprachtraining • Landeskunde • Vokabelhilfen • Übungsmaterial IN FOCUS B2–C2 • Opinion: Football needs a moral compass • Food: Vertical farms expand as demand for yearround produce grows Pages 2/3 USA • Wildlife: Saving Florida’s beloved manatees • Trade union: Amazon workers in NY vote to form first US union Pages 4/10 BRITAIN • Court: Britain withdraws its judges from Hong Kong’s highest court • Cornwall: Anger at second homes amid crisis in affordable housing Pages 6/7 OTHER TOPICS • United Nations: The Human Rights Council • Rwanda: How green energy is brightening refugee lives • Pet food: Lab-grown meat for pets • NATO: Finland and Sweden may join alliance • AI: Ending the chatbot’s ‘spiral of misery’ Pages 8/9/10/12/13 Get the vocabulary trainer! Die Nr.1 unter den Vokabeltrainern. €2,80 [a] CHF4,50 [ch] | Photo: Getty Images The actions and views of Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife have highlighted that without checks on the Supreme Court there is no balance in the US government. Read more on page 5 Sanctions intended to punish Moscow for its war in Ukraine are blowing back to European companies, undermining confidence and their ability to plan. Read more on page 11 Australia’s ‘climate election’ finally arrived. Will it be enough? POLITICS Voters rejected the deny- and-delay approach that has made Australia a global laggard on emission cuts. By Damien Cave 1 A FEW minutes after taking the stage to declare victory in Australia’s election Saturday, Anthony Albanese, the incoming Labor prime minister, promised to transform climate change from a source of political conflict into a generator of economic growth. “Together we can end the climate wars,” he told his supporters, who cheered for several seconds. “Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.” 2 With that comment and his win – along with a surge of votes for candidates outside the twoparty system who made combating global warming a priority – the likelihood of a significant shift in Australia’s climate policy has suddenly increased. How far the country goes will depend on the final tallies, which are still being counted. But for voters, activists, and scientists who spent years in despair, lamenting the fossil fuel industry’s hold on the conservatives who have run Australia for most of the past three decades, 0 – 1 APPROACHHerangehensweise — laggard “"lœg´d‘ Bummelant(in) — emission cuts Verringerung der Emissionen — to take the stage aufs Podium treten — incoming neu gewählt — to transform umwandeln — economic growth Wirtschaftswachstum — to cheer jubeln — renewable “rI"nju…´b´l‘ erneuerbar — superpower Supermacht 2 surge “s‰…dZ‘ starke Zunahme — to combat bekämpfen — likelihood “"laIklihUd‘ Wahrscheinlichkeit — shift Wandel — final tally endgültige Auszählung der Stimmen — despair Verzweiflung From left to right: Senator Penny Wong, Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, his partner Jodie Haydon, and his son Nathan Albanese during election night on May 21, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. | Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images Saturday’s results amount to an extraordinary reversal. 3 A country known as a global climate laggard, with minimal 2030 targets for cuts to carbon emissions, has finally tossed aside a deny-and-delay approach to climate change that most Australians, in polls, have said they no longer want. “This is the longoverdue climate election Australia has been waiting for,” said Joëlle Gergis, an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the Australian National University. “It was a defining moment in our nation’s history.” 4 Yet it remains to be seen | Photo: New York Times whether the factors that led to that shift can be as powerful and persuasive as the countervailing forces that are so entrenched. In Australia, as in the United States, ending or altering many decades’ worth of traditional energy habits will be difficult. 5 In the last fiscal year alone, Australian federal, state, and territory governments provided about 11.6 billion Australian dollars (.2 billion) worth of subsidies to coal and other fossil fuel industries. An additional 55.3 billion Australian dollars ( billion) has been committed to subsidizing gas and oil extraction, coal-fired power, coal railways, ports, and carbon capture and storage (even though most carbon capture projects fail). 6 As Gergis pointed out in a recent essay, “That is ten times more than the Emergency Response Fund, and over 50 times the budget of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.” In other words, Australia still spends far more money to bolster the companies causing the planet to warm than it does helping people deal with the costs tied to the greenhouse gases they emit. Continued on page 12 — to lament “-"-‘ beklagen — hold (fig) Kontrolle; Einfluss — to amount to etw. gleichkommen — reversal “rI"v‰…s´l‘ Wende; Umkehr 3 – 4 carbon h.: CO 2 — to toss aside beiseite werfen; (fig) aufgeben — poll “p´Ul‘ Umfrage — longoverdue längst überfällig — defining entscheidend — it remains to be seen es bleibt abzuwarten — persuasive “p´"sweIsIv‘ überzeugend — countervailing forces “ÆkaUnt´"veIlIN‘ Gegenkräfte — entrenched “In"trenSt‘ fest verwurzelt 5 fiscal year Finanzjahr — billion Milliarde — subsidies “"søbsIdiz‘ Subventionen; s.w.u. to subsidize — to commit to zusagen; festlegen für — extraction Förderung — coal-fired power Kohleverstromung — carbon capture and storage “"kœptS´‘ CO 2 -Abscheidung und -Speicherung 6 Emergency Response Fund austral. Staatsfonds für Katastrophenhilfe — National Recovery and Resilience Agency “rI"zIli´ns‘ austral. Katastrophenschutzbehörde — to bolster unterstützen — tied to in Zus.hang mit — greenhouse gases Treibhausgase — to emit ausstoßen

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