Slimy lakes and dead dogs: climate crisis has brought the season of toxic algae

Warming water and pollution are contributing to a variety of harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc on aquatic environments From New York City to coastal California, a poison-producing living slime is overtaking waterways and shorelines, killing pets, ravaging tourism markets and making its way into local drinking water. So far this year, algae has been implicated in dog deaths and illness in Georgia, North Carolina and overtook Lake ESeries linker These biotoxic blooms can last anywhere from a few weeks …

North Carolina: Republican backed by Trump wins fiercely contested House seat

Contest in a usually reliably Republican seat had been seen as a proxy battle for next years race for the White House Republicans have won a fiercely contested special election in North Carolina, narrowly escaping what could have been a serious setback for Donald Trump and his 2020 re-election campaign. The conservative state senator Dan Bishop beat out the Democrat Dan McCready, a former marine who earned a masters degree in business from Harvard, in a race that remained neck-and-neck …

Using power builds power: meet the woman tipped to lead the labor movement

Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has struck a chord with activists calling for her to run for labors top job: president of the AFL-CIO Sara Nelson, the president of the small band of laundresses in Atlanta, all black women, many of them former slaves, who formed the Washing Society. In 1881, the women organized a strike for higher wages $1 for every dozen pounds of laundry and greater autonomy over their industry. Most would have …

A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful

Trumps win was a devastating setback for progressives, but it also stoked them to engage politically in ways they never imagined, with pressure leftwards A few months after the 2016 election, 29-year-old Emily Marburger posted an update on a private Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, that had been set up to support Hillary Clintons failed presidential bid. Like the rest of us last November, I woke up to a situation I didnt know existed, she wrote. I knew I had to …

Brave new world: the search for peace after the second world war

The United Nations was created out of the horrors of the second world war, writes the Observers chief political commentator At the end of the second world war there was no guarantee that it would not be followed swiftly by a third. Six years of the most intensely murderous and geographically spread conflict in the history of the human species had left unprecedented devastation. From Normandy to Ukraine, vast areas of Europe had been pulverised by aerial bombing and ravaged …

Washington’s great mystery: Trumps affinity for Putin and populists baffles experts

Presidents approach to foreign policy, from defending his Russian counterpart to supporting Bolsonaro after he rejected aid, has experts sounding alarms Days after Donald Trump returned from another contentious encounter with his Seorita a summer ballad performed by the US pop stars Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. I love it when you call me Seorita, I wish I could pretend I didnt need ya, Trump appeared to say. Ooh, I should be running, ooh, you keep me coming for ya. …

Bill aims to ban sale of foie gras in New York restaurants over ‘cruel’ process

If bill passes, anyone violating the law could be liable to a $1,000 fine, up to a year in jail or both Luxury food foie gras could be struck off the menu in New York if proposed legislation to ban the sale of the controversial French delicacy goes ahead. New York City council is considering outlawing the product which derives from duck or goose and translates as fatty liver which is a staple at many of its top restaurants. Critics …

G7 summit: last rites of old order as Trump’s theatre looms next year

Leaders put on a show of common endeavor with awareness that meeting could be a lot worse next year when Trump will be circus master If next years a branding event at a Trump golf resort in Florida, with Vladimir Putin as de-facto co-chair, the old guard among Americas allies will look back on this years meeting in Biarritz with some nostalgia. Not much was achieved, truth be told, but that is nothing new. To avoid the embarrassment of the …

What I learned writing about climate change and the US south for a year

I crisscrossed a region my own that is mired in a culture of denial and delay. The conversation on the climate crisis has not changed fast enough Its 96 degrees in downtown Beaufort, North Carolina, a place where I spent much of my childhood. The sidewalk is too hot for dogs to walk on. The iconic wild horses, visible on Shackleford Banks, wade in the marsh, munching cordgrass. Ive been watching the horses since I was in elementary school, and …

Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: ‘People get stuck in their American ways of thinking’

The Philadelphia Union captain went viral on Sunday when he grabbed a field microphone after scoring and urged Congress to act to prevent gun violence Alejandro Bedoya was at home in the French city of Nantes in the fall of 2015, tuned to Germanys friendly at the Stade de France against Les Bleus. Like much of the viewing public, he knew something was amiss in the first half, when the broadcast picked up loud noises emanating from outside the stadium. …