Sunday news round-up: November 10th-16th

An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.

Top Story: European Space Agency lands probe on comet for first time: In a historic moment for space exploration, the Philae probe successfully landed on the small comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The probe has send the first ever pictures from a surface of a comet and may give us insight into how water made it to Earth. Due to being in the shadow of a cliff, the probe has temporarily shut down most of its functions until its solar powered batteries can be recharged.

ISIS behead another prisoner: Peter Kassig, a U.S. aid worker, has reportedly been beheaded by the terrorist group, in a video showing the execution. This marks 5 executions of foreign nationals by ISIS.

China and the U.S. agree to global climate change deal: The two superpowers agreed this week to a series of committments regarding their greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of dangerous climate change. China agreed to stop its emissions increasing as of 2030 and to double the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources, while the U.S. agreed to lower its emissions by 26-28% by 2030. China and the U.S. are the world’s first and second highest greenhouse gas emitters (respectively), but neither ratified the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, considered the world’s first international climate change agreement. China continues to expand its coal output in order to assist industrialization, and it’s not clear their end of the bargain will really make a difference, since they could easily and deliberately push their emissions up to record highs by 2030 in order to expand the amount they can pollute, within the agreement, after 2030.

BBC under fire as Greens, Plaid Cymru and the SNP join forces: After the taxpayer funded organization announced that the Green Party would not be included in upcoming political TV debates, the Green Party and the two dominant parties from Wales and Scotland all voiced their discontent. The BBC has promised to revise how it looks at election results, but nothing has come to fruition.

Same-sex marriage edges closer to Supreme Court ruling: After the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld discrimination against same-sex marriage, the judicial consensus on the issue was broken. It is usually at times like these when SCOTUS steps in, in order to avoid a constitutional crisis and settle the issue. With the likes of Antonin Scalia, John Roberts and Clarence Thomas on the SCOTUS bench, the outlook doesn’t look great.


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