MON: CO2 LEVELS REACHED HIGHEST IN 3 MILLION YEARS
Carbon dioxide levels have reached the highest point in human history. The last time the world experienced such levels was during the Pliocene Epoch, the geological period 2.6-5.3 million years ago. If continued at this rate, global temperatures could increase by at least 2 degrees Celsius in the future, causing dangerous and irreversible changes to our climate.
TUES: RED CROSS HACKED – LEAKED BLOOD DONOR DETAILS
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) website was hacked on 8 May, leaking the personal information of 4,297 people who registered to donate blood on the website. The information included: names, contact numbers, e-mails, blood types, and preferred appointment dates, times and locations for blood donations. It is believed that a weak administrator password allowed for the hack, but investigations are ongoing.
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The Straits Times – Further actions by the SRC and other recent info leaks
TUES: US-CHINA TRADE WAR INTENSIFIES
As part of an ongoing trade war, the US raised tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. China hit back by announcing a raise in tariffs on US$60 billion of US exports and calling for a “people’s war” on the Trump’s administration’s “greed and arrogance”. The recent developments have damaged investor confidence and wiped out a trillion dollars from global stock-market values.
WED: ALABAMA SENATE PASSES ABORTION BAN
The US State of Alabama has overturned a 1973 law legalising abortion, banning the procedure in almost all cases, including incest and rape. It will criminalise doctors that perform the procedure, with a penalty of up to 99 years in prison. It will take six months before the bill becomes enforceable. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are making plans to file lawsuits against the bill.
FRI: TAIWAN’S PARLIAMENT LEGALIZES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage and limited adoption rights for same-sex couples, the first of its kind in Asia. This follows a two-year deadline set by the Taiwanese constitutional court in 2017 after ruling that gay people had the right to marry. The country’s parliament debated upon three bills to legalise same-sex marriage, ultimately passing the most progressive one by a vote of 66 to 27.
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BBC News – More details on the legislation and reactions
SAT: PINK DOT AMBASSADOR EMBARRASSMENT
In an emotional Instagram video, local actor Tosh Zhang said that he had decided to step down as a Pink Dot ambassador. The announcement came after several of his homophobic tweets from 2010-2013 resurfaced, drawing public backlash. Zhang has since apologised for his past behaviour and said that he is a changed man, garnering support from fellow actors and the public.