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Shark Scoop - April 23, 2021

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


Global Climate Summit Sets Ambitious Goals for the Future

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A number of world leaders have met with President Biden this past week to discuss climate goals and actions in honor of Earth Day on Thursday. The first day of the summit saw numerous commitments from major world powers to reduce global carbon emissions. Some of the biggest promises came from Biden, who vowed to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030. Both Japan and Canada posed bold, new goals for their respective countries to reduce emissions by upwards of 40 percent in the coming decades. These are a significant increase from their previously set goals. China has also committed to the goal of being carbon neutral by 2060.

New COVID Variant Poses Concern for the United States

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the B117 COVID-19 strain is now the most prevalent variant in the United States. The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, recently stated that there is currently an average of 63,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day. Walensky also noted that hot spots for the disease are in states such as Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It is also important to note that New York, Florida, and Michigan are the states with the highest infections of the B117 variant. An increase in the number of reported COVID cases in Michigan are substantially from the young and unvaccinated.

Stars Host Facebook Live Musical to Benefit Climate Change

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In honor of Earth Day, many popular singers joined Bill Nye the Science Guy for “Earth Day! The Musical'' which aired on Facebook Live, on Thursday. This musical featured artists such as Justin Bieber, Ben Platt, Zac Efron, and many more. Several young and upcoming climate activists such as CEO and founder of Symbrosia, Alexia Akbay, Jerome Foster II, and many more were also present to raise awareness for climate activism. The event would also allow young activists to discuss what part they play in climate change and to share this message with fans.

Kobe Bryant’s Estate and Nike Call It Quits

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The late Kobe Bryant’s signature line with Nike, one of the longest running sneaker lines in basketball history, may be coming to an end. Before the partnership expired on Tuesday of last week, the Bryant estate was offered a deal by Nike to extend the relationship but the estate felt the offer was not up to expectations. Products available on the current line are expected to increase in demand as it is likely that the estate and Nike will not reach a deal in the near future.

New York Comic Con Returns in 2021

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New York Comic Con (NYCC) organizers have announced their intention to have the world famous convention in person this year after being forced to cancel their events in 2020. ReedPop, the parent company of Comic Con, has announced that New York Comic Con is likely to be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan from Oct. 7-10. COVID protocols are expected to be in effect, with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place. In addition to in-person events, an online conference entitled Metaverse will be held between June 7-13.

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