A 90% CHANCE THAT THE WORLD WILL SET A RECORD FOR THE HOTTEST YEAR BY THE END OF 2025

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According to the World Meteorological Organization forecast for the next five years, there is a 40% chance that the world will get so hot that it will push past the temperature limit the Paris climate agreement is trying to prevent. They also predict a 90% chance that the world will set yet another record for the hottest year by the end of 2025. For this year, large parts of the Northern Hemisphere are 0.8C warmer than in recent decades. The world is currently 1.2 C warmer than pre-industrial times. The report claims that there is a 40% chance that the temperature will be 1.5C higher than pre-industrial times at least one of the next five years. The world has already warmed a lot more than we had previously thought it had as last year the same group forecasted a 20% chance of this happening. [CBC] [By Anirudh Goel] 

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CANADA POST SAYS 950 000 CUSTOMERS EXPOSED IN DATA BREACH

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In a statement on May 26, Canada Post said that one of its suppliers had its systems compromised in a cyberattack. Commport Communications, the supplier, manages the shipping manifest data of large-parcel business customers. Forty-four of the largest shippers in Canada were impacted by the attack, and information on shipments that occurred between July 2016 and March 2019 was stolen. No financial information was accessed, but information on up to 950 000 Canadians seems to have been taken. [CBC News][By Emily Ma]

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RYANAIR FLIGHT 4978 HIJACKED IN BELARUS

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On 23 May, Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich was onboard a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius when air traffic control claimed that there was a “bomb threat” from the Palestinian militant group Hamas. A Belarusian MiG-29 fighter jet was then scrambled to forcibly escort the plane to Minsk, where Protasevich and his girlfriend were arrested for “terrorist activity”. The journalist later appeared in a video claiming that he was “being treated correctly” and “not suffering any health problems”.

[Guardian] [By Kevin Wang]