May 19, 2022

CO2 Emissions Have Returned to Near-Pre-Pandemic Levels; Dwayne Johnson Announces That His Production Company Will No Longer Use Real Guns on Set; John Legend Calls Kanye West an ‘Underdog Narcissist’; Lady Gaga Reveals She Performed at President Biden’s Inauguration Wearing a Bulletproof Gown; Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads: A New Study Provides an Insight

CO2 Emissions on a Global Scale Have Returned to Near-Pre-Pandemic Levels

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a fall in fossil fuel consumption, but the decrease in emissions was brief. According to a recent analysis, global carbon emissions are already returning to near-record levels reached before the pandemic.

“What is surprising is that [the rebound in emissions] happened so quickly, in spite of the fact that much of the global economy has not yet recovered,” said Corinne LeQuere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, during a climate talks interview in Glasgow. “This is really a reality check.”

The report adds to the pressure on world leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the world’s largest climate summit to debate the drastic reductions necessary to combat climate change.

When industries burn fossil fuels such as coal and oil for energy, they emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Human activity has warmed the world by approximately 1 degree Celcius (nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit), intensifying disasters such as floods, droughts, and wildfires.

“It’s not the pandemic that will make us turn the corner,” stated LeQuere. “It’s the decisions that are being taken this week and next week. That’s what’s going to make us turn the corner. The pandemic is not changing the nature of our economy.”

According to Damian Carrington of the Guardian, the experts behind the analysis predicted that as travel and crude oil use increase next year, it will result in a new record for global emissions. World leaders are attempting to avert a 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) increase in global average temperature, which scientists believe is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. However, the analysis projects that this milestone would be exceeded in 11 years with the current pollution rate.

“To achieve net-zero by 2050, we must cut emissions every year by an amount comparable to that seen during Covid,” research co-author Pierre Friedlingstein of the University of Exeter stated in a statement. “Personally, I think [the 1.5C goal] is still alive, but the longer we wait, the harder it will get…we need immediate action and reductions.”

Dwayne Johnson Announces That His Production Company Will No Longer Use Real Guns on Set Following “Rust” Incident

According to Variety, Dwayne Johnson’s production firm Seven Bucks Productions will never longer utilize real guns on any of its projects in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set.

“First of all, I was heartbroken. We lost a life. My heart goes out to her family and everybody on set. I’ve known Alec, too, for a very long time,” Johnson told the publication during the opening of “Red Notice,” his new Netflix spy thriller.

“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie that we have moving forward with Seven Bucks Productions — any movie, any television show, or anything we do or produce — we won’t use real guns at all,” Johnson added.

The former WWE wrestler declared that in the future, all of his productions would use “rubber guns” and will “take care” of visual effects in post-production.

“We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs,” he stated.

Johnson later said that within hours of learning of Hutchins’s death, he and the Seven Bucks Productions crew discussed safety measures they would use on set.

“I think the most prudent thing and the smartest thing to do is just pause for a second and really re-examine how you’re going to move forward and how we’re going to work together,” he added.

“Any movie we do that Seven Bucks does with any studio; the rule is we’re not going to use real guns. That’s it.”

Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, which he co-founded with his ex-wife and longtime business partner Dany Garcia, has produced several of the actor’s high-profile projects, including 2017’s Baywatch, 2018’s Rampage, and Hobbs and Shaw, a Fast and Furious spin-off.

Johnson is one of the first A-List Hollywood producers to speak out about the safety measures he and his colleagues are implementing after the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust.”

Deadline reported earlier this week that Matthew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, retained the Los Angeles-based law firm Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

John Legend Calls Kanye West an ‘Underdog Narcissist’ as Kim Kardashian Moves on with Pete Davidson

As Kim Kardashian moves on with Pete Davidson, the 42-year-old singer John Legend criticized his former friend, rapper Kanye West.

John stated his view on why Kanye West, 44, supported Donald Trump during his political campaign when speaking with author Danny Goldberg, for his book – Bloody Crossroads 2020: Arts, Entertainment, and Resistance to Trump.

“I don’t see Kanye as a political person at all. We never talked about politics. He had never voted before 2020,” Legend said of his former pal.

He went on to explain why he feels Kanye backed the former president, noting, “He saw in Trump the kind of underdog narcissist that he sees in himself.”

John slammed Kanye after reports that the rapper’s ex-girlfriend Kim, 41, has rekindled her romance with Saturday Night Live cast member Pete, 27. Kim and Kanye were married for almost seven years until Kim filed for divorce.

Kim startled fans last month when she kissed the King Of Staten Island actor during their Saturday Night Live spoof of Disney’s Aladdin. Pete played Aladdin in the scene, confessing that he may not be able to handle his lover “sexually” because she is “a lot of woman.”

“Aladdin, don’t worry,” Kim responded. “I’m sure that you’re more than enough man for me,” she said as she went in for a kiss on the magic carpet.

Rumors of a romance began to circulate after the two were caught holding hands while visiting Knott’s Scary Farm in California. Kim recently told exclusively to The Sun that Pete is “the funniest person ever” and “makes her feel young.” The Sun confirmed the two dined together in a New York City elite restaurant, and a source said she was polite to the staff.

According to a restaurant insider, “Pete arranged a dinner on the rooftop privately. It was just the two of them.” The source confirmed that the two did not arrive with security and were able to “quietly sneak in and out.”

Lady Gaga Reveals She Performed at President Biden’s Inauguration Wearing a Bulletproof Gown

During her performance at Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, which took place on January 20, 2021, Lady Gaga claimed that she donned a bulletproof outfit.

In a Tuesday interview released by British Vogue, the “House of Gucci” actress discussed performing at the January presidential inauguration ceremony.

She referred to her performance at the United States Capitol as “one of the proudest days of my whole life.”

“I felt a deep fear when Trump was president, and ushering 45 out, and 46 in is something I’ll be able to tell my children all about,” Gaga told the magazine.

She proceeded by stating that she was “singing in a Schiaparelli bulletproof dress” during the ceremony and that, if she weren’t a performer, one of her ambitions was to become a “combat journalist.”

“When I was at the Capitol, the day before the inauguration, I remember walking around and looking for evidence of the insurrection,” Gaga continued.

The New York Times’ Michael Gold called Gaga’s inauguration appearance as the “culmination of a yearslong relationship” in which Lady Gaga and President Biden “have shared the spotlight.” In the months running up to the November 2020 election, the singer campaigned for Biden, and he introduced her at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Gaga described singing the national anthem at the inauguration as “my honor” in a statement released ahead of the event. She ascended the stage prior to Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration and sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” while dressed in a billowing, floor-length couture Schiaparelli red gown.

She wore a long-sleeved black top highlighted with a big gold peace dove brooch and black leather gloves, which many interpreted as Hunger Games-inspired. An all-gold microphone, a twisted braid weaved with black fabric, and golden in-ear monitors highlighted by flowers around her ears completed her ensemble.

Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads: A New Study Provides an Insight

Dogs possess an almost infinite number of lovable characteristics and behaviors, and their peculiar head tilt in response to human voices is no exception. Despite our intimate association with canines, little research on their head-cocking behavior has been conducted. According to a new report published in Animal Cognition, scientists discovered a possible link between dogs’ memory and head tilt while studying their ability to remember words.

“We investigated the frequency and direction of this behavior in response to a specific human verbal vocalization,” explains Andrea Sommese, a researcher in animal science at Budapest’s Eötvös Loránd University. “We did so after realizing that it often happened when the dogs were listening to their owners.”

The Hungarian researchers examined the head tilt habits of “gifted” and “typical” canines in the study. The pet owners instructed their dogs to get a particular toy from another room by giving them commands with toy names, such as “Bring rope!” While most dogs struggle to remember the names of only two toys, the seven “gifted” canines, all border collies, could recall at least ten different toy names taught to them by researchers.

The researchers discovered that dogs who excelled at toy recall frequently cocked their heads in response to a command. When they compared the puppy’s response to an owner’s command, they discovered that talented dogs tilted their heads 43% of the time, while normal dogs tilted their heads only 2% of the time. According to the researchers, a pup’s charming head tilt could be a sign of attention or even of linking a name to a visual image in their head.

Additionally, researchers discovered that dogs generally cock their heads in the same direction regardless of their owner’s position. The so-called “right-tilters” and “left-tilters” may simply be a question of personal preference, something scientists intend to study further. Earlier research has discovered that the right half of dogs’ brains are more active when it comes to absorbing good words and praise, as Alexis Nedd of Mashable notes, suggesting that this could play a part in tilt direction.

“The next step is asking more questions to get at what the head tilt really means,” said Monique Udell, a human-animal interaction researcher at Oregon State University who was not involved in the study. “Can we use head tilting to predict word-learning aptitude, or attention, or memory?”

Recent research provides critical insights into the relationship between animal cognition and behavior. However, the study’s authors concur that research is still in its infancy. For the time being, dog owners can take solace in the fact that their pup’s head tilt may be an adorable attempt to communicate with humans.