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Overtourism » UNESCO fears ‘irreversible’ damage and recommends adding Venice to endangered list


Italian authorities are failing to protect the city from over tourism and climate change.

Le Monde »

The United Nations cultural agency fears ‘irreversible’ damage in the Italian city due to a string of issues ranging from climate change to mass tourism.

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Taking selfies, licking gelato and wheeling suitcases, the hordes of visitors seemed happily oblivious to the possible downgrade UNESCO said was due to the risk of “irreversible” damage.

Seven major automakers partner to build 30,000 fast-charging EV stations across North America

BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis — are building a joint venture to build a new charging network that will significantly expand access to high-powered charging in North America.

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Targeting to install at least 30,000 high-powered charge points in urban and highway locations, the network will provide reliability, high-powered charging capability, digital integration, appealing locations, various amenities while charging, and use renewable energy. Charging stations will be accessible to all EV customers, offering both Combined Charging System (CCS) and Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) connectors.

Ars Technica | Associated Press | Motor Illustrated | Axios | The Detroit Bureau | Auto123

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Leaders of NATO countries met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today

The meeting occurred at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, where the Group of Seven (G7) countries are also laying out sustained security guarantees for Ukraine aimed at ensuring its military capabilities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has welcomed the guarantees, but said they are not a substitute for a timeline on Ukraine’s accession to NATO.

» RadioFreeEurope | FT | Reuters | Time | Council of Foreign Affairs |

Nearly 50,000 Russian men have died in the illegal invasion of Ukraine

Erika Kinetz, AP »

Two independent Russian media outlets, Mediazona and Meduza, working with a data scientist from Germany’s Tübingen University, used Russian government data to shed light on one of Moscow’s closest-held secrets — the true human cost of its invasion of Ukraine.

To do so, they relied on a statistical concept popularized during the COVID-19 pandemic called excess mortality. Drawing on inheritance records and official mortality data, they estimated how many more men under age 50 died between February 2022 and May 2023 than normal.


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