The Arctic is ‘on Fire’ as Coronavirus Cases Surge in the US

I am a freshman going into High School this fall. My summer vacation just started last week. As we can not go out much, I was spending a lot of time reading or watching world news. So I thought of sharing the top 5 picks, from a teenager's perspective, which is impacting the world.

1. The Arctic is on Fire

Verkhoyansk, a town in the Arctic and one of the coldest places on earth hit a record high of 100.4°F (38°C). This event is very alarming according to climate change scientists. This would only happen once in 100,000 years if it wasn’t for climate change according to Martin Stendal. It was Russia’s hottest winter in 140 years. This can have harmful impacts on the economy and the habitats. In the small Siberian city of Norilsk, 20,000 tons of fuel spilled into a nearby river due to thawing permafrost, which damaged the foundation of the storage tank. Wildfires in the arctic have also released many megatons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

2. The Coronavirus Surge in the US

40,173 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Friday by Johns Hopkins University, beating Thursday’s record. 30 out of the 50 states show a rise in cases. Texas and California reported around 5,000 cases, while Florida reported almost 10,000 cases on Friday. The huge surge comes as states reopen early. California reinstates stay-at-home order in the state’s worst-hit areas while Texas pauses reopening the state. The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, blamed the flood of new cases on a “test dump.” Globel cases have surpassed 10 million with the US in the lead with 2.6 million cases.

3. Mexico is hit with a 7.4 magnitude quake

Members of Civil Protection check an apartment building damaged by an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 that struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, in Mexico City, Mexico June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

The southern state of Oaxaca was hit hard with an earthquake that could be felt all the way in Mexico City. About 30 buildings were damaged in the capital and the earthquake resulted in about 10 fatalities. 117 municipalities and more than 5,000 homes had been affected by the earthquake according to Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat on twitter.

4. Apple’s announcements in WWDC

A slide from Apple’s WWDC showcasing some new ios 14 features.

Apple’s WWDC was held online earlier this week and was packed with announcements including iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur. iOS 14 had many changes like the addition of widgets and car keys. Apple also made changes in iPadOS 14 like the ability to write with the Apple pencil almost anywhere. The watch also got an update with many new features like sleep and handwash tracking. Apple concluded the event by announcing the switch from Intel processors in the Mac to its own ARM-based Apple Silicon. The transition will take about two years and will improve just about everything on the Mac.

5. Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy

Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Sisney

Chesapeake Energy, a large U.S. oil and gas producer headquartered in Oklahoma, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday. Chesapeake had $9.5 billion in debt at the end of last year and the company lost $8.3 billion in the first quarter of this year. With only $82 million in cash and bond payments of $192 million due in August, the company could no longer sustain itself. The company had helped the United States from a natural gas importer into a major exporter.

Above were my top stories for the week ending June 28, 2020, hope you enjoyed it. Please leave your feedback or point of view in the form of a comment. Thanks.

See you next week!

Curious High Schooler, who loves to share new and exciting stories. Email: lakshya5jain@gmail.com