Biden Speaks on COVID-19 Economic Relief,  Remarks on his Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

Biden Speaks on COVID-19 Economic Relief,  Remarks on his Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

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The Associated Press: Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge by ELLIOT SPAGAT today

WATCH LIVE: Biden speaks on COVID-19 economic relief

Streamed live 25 minutes ago, (Jan.22.2021)  PBS NewsHour

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WATCH LIVE: Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan. 22, 2021

Jan 22, 2021   PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, the new president continues a flurry of executive orders with actions aimed at counteracting the economic damage wrought by COVID-19 and former President Trump leaves office with mounting debt, devalued assets and a scarcity of lenders. Also, Brooks and Capehart on the week’s historic inauguration, the Biden administration’s early actions and a looming impeachment trial. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Biden tackles pandemic’s devastating impact on the economy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJbzP… Senate nearing a deal on start of an impeachment trial  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAbBJ… News Wrap: Biden moves to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine supply https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIKFD… Trump leaves office facing mounting debt, devalued assets  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTNQU… Austin becomes first African American to lead the Pentagon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0SbF… Brooks and Capehart on Biden’s agenda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pGXJ… A look back at the life of baseball legend Hank Aaron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktywB… Remembering 5 extraordinary lives lost to COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S1Nj… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, January 21, 2021

Jan 21, 2021  PBS NewsHour

Thursday on the NewsHour, a new presidency begins with a flurry of executive orders that overturn many of former President Trump’s policies, we discuss the new administration and the Democrats taking control of the U.S. Senate with voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, and the disconnect between production and distribution leads to an alarming backlog of coronavirus vaccine doses. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Biden begins presidency with a flurry of executive orders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO74v… Biden calls for a wartime approach to the pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8qoo… New White House press secretary on Biden’s first 100 days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvreX… News Wrap: Suicide bombings kill at least 32 people in Iraq https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_pl4… Stacey Abrams on Biden’s leadership and voter suppression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s22J… Companies try to avoid bottleneck in vaccine distribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUmm7… Matt Nathanson’s Brief But Spectacular take on confidence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqVPr… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

WATCH LIVE: Psaki holds White House briefing as Biden readies COVID economic relief plan

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WATCH LIVE: White House press secretary Jen Psaki gives news briefing

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NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – January 22nd, 2021 | NBC Nightly News

Jan 22, 2021  NBC News

Former President Trump’s second impeachment trial to start in February, families and small businesses desperate for pandemic relief, and British PM Johnson warns U.K. Covid variant may be more deadly. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00 Intro 02:04 Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Set For Feb. 8th Week 03:10 Biden Signs New Pandemic Economic Relief Orders 03:39 100 Million Doses In First 100 Days Ambitious Enough? 04:11 National Guardsmen Forced To Sleep In Parking Garage 04:36 At Least 150 National Guardsmen In D.C. Test Positive 05:12 American Families & Small Businesses Desperate For Help 06:48 Boris Johnson: U.K. Variant May Be More Deadly 08:40 Texas Threatens To Slash Doses Over County’s Plan 09:17 Minority Communities Furthest Behind In Vaccinations 09:52 U.S. Struggles To Ramp Up Vaccine Distribution 10:36 CVS & Walgreens To Offer In-Store COVID Vaccinations 12:58 Tonight’s Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To $1 Billion 13:02 $731 Million Powerball Winner Remains A Mystery 13:15 Tom Brokaw Retires After 55 Years With NBC News » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – January 21st, 2021 | NBC Nightly News

Jan 21, 2021  NBC News

President Biden signs executive orders to fight coronavirus pandemic, U.S. marks deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic, and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman discusses her powerful message. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). 00:00 Intro 02:10 Biden Unveils ‘Wartime’ National COVID Strategy 02:48 Dr. Anthony Fauci Returns To White House Briefings 03:11 Fauci: Vaccine Effort Is ‘Not Starting From Scratch’ 03:31 Fauci: U.S. May Have ‘A Degree Of Normality’ By Fall 03:49 Fauci: ‘Liberating’ Working Under New Administration 03:57 Republicans Slam Biden’s Executive Orders & Policies 04:20 Pelosi: Impeachment Dosen’t Undermine Call To ‘Unify’ 04:43 McConnell Wants To Delay Impeachment Trial To February 05:16 Alarming COVID Vaccine Shortages Across Country 07:26 Growing Fears Over Highly Contagious COVID Variants 08:45 U.S. Marks Deadlist Day Of COVID Pandemic 10:25 Deadly Military Chopper Crash In New York 10:49 Americans Voters On Biggest Issue Biden Faces 13:57 Inside President Biden’s Revamped Oval Office 15:55 Lifesaving COVID Antibody Drugs Going Unused 17:22 Single Ticket Wins $731 Million Powerball Jackpot » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

Biden Signs Executive Actions Impacting Other Countries Worldwide | Stephanie Ruhle | MSNBC

Jan 22, 2021  MSNBC

President Biden is making his first call to a foreign leader today since his inauguration, putting a focus on the United States’ relationship with other countries around the world. Eurasia Group founder and president Ian Bremmer join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss why his call might be a little tense. Aired on 01/22/2021. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: http://MSNBC.com/NewslettersYouTube Find MSNBC on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc Follow MSNBC on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc Follow MSNBC on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc #Biden #IanBremmer #MSNBC Biden Signs Executive Actions Impacting Other Countries Worldwide | Stephanie Ruhle | MSNBC

Dr. Fauci’s First Briefing of the Biden Administration

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Biden Gets to Work Undoing Trump’s Damage: A Closer Look

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Jan 21, 2021  Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Inauguration Day: World leaders react to Biden becoming 46th US president

Jan 20, 2021  Global News

As Joe Biden took the oath of office and became the 46th president of the United States, world leaders gave various reactions to the incoming administration, some with hope and ambitious plans. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Biden and said he hoped to confront shared challenges including “the threat posed by Iran.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson started Wednesday’s question period in the U.K.’s House of Commons by congratulating Biden and saying he’s looking forward to working with him on common interests. Johnson was joined by both the speaker of the house and the labour party opposition leader in congratulating Biden. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the election of Joe Biden was a “victory of democracy over the far-right” following the violent attack on the U.S. Capital by Trump supporters on Jan. 6. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Biden’s administration to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement and lift sanctions on Tehran, while welcoming the end of President Donald Trump’s era of “oppression and corruption.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen smiled as she congratulated Biden and Harris, saying “Europe has a friend in the White House,” during an EU Parliament address. French President Emanuel Macron, Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi all tweeted congratulating Biden and Harris on Inauguration Day. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7587966/jo… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews

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The Associated Press: Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

By ELLIOT SPAGAT today

 A man looks through the first wall at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship.

Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration.

The order leaves billions of dollars of work unfinished — but still under contract — after Trump worked feverishly last year to build more than 450 miles (720 kilometers), a goal he said he achieved eight days before leaving office.

As of Jan. 15, the government spent $6.1 billion of the $10.8 billion in work it signed contracts to have done, according to a Senate Democratic aide with knowledge of the contracts who spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been made public. The full amount under contract would have extended Trump’s wall to 664 miles (1,069 kilometers).

Biden, seeking to fulfill a pledge not to build “another foot,” gave his administration two months to determine how much it would cost to cancel contracts and whether money could be spent elsewhere. The Senate aide said fees would be negotiated with contractors and the administration would seek to spend whatever’s left on related uses on the border, such as roads, lights, sensors and other technology.

Publicly, the Trump administration said it secured $15 billion for the wall. The Senate aide said it was actually $16.45 billion as of Wednesday, $5.8 billion of which was appropriated by Congress and the rest diverted from the Defense and Treasury departments.

The Trump administration notified the Senate aide on Jan. 14 that it was moving ahead with a contract for $863 million, but it was not awarded.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which has awarded wall contracts with Defense Department money, said Thursday that it told crews not to install any additional barriers and to limit activity over the next few days to what is “necessary to safely prepare each site for a suspension of work.”

John Kurc, an activist who posts videos of dynamite blasts by wall construction crews, said he saw one dynamite charge being set Wednesday afternoon in Guadalupe Canyon in easternmost Arizona, even as the inauguration was playing out in Washington.

Heavy machines have been crawling over roadways gouged into rocky mountainsides, tapping open holes for posts on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property.

Advocates in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest area for illegal crossings, and near Nogales, Arizona, saw idle construction equipment Thursday.

But in San Diego, crews were out replacing a steel fence with imposing, tightly spaced poles topped with flat steel plates rising 30 feet (9 meters), said Dan Watman of Friends of Friendship Park, a group that promotes public access to the cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Contractors began last week, said Watman, who was informed of the project in a December conference call with Border Patrol agents but got no explanation for it. The agency referred questions to the White House, which had no immediate comment.

Trump said the border wall would be “virtually impenetrable” and paid for by Mexico, which never happened. While the wall is much more formidable than the barriers it replaced, it isn’t uncommon for smugglers to guide people over or through it. Portions can be sawed with power tools sold at home improvement stores.

Despite Trump’s bravado, Border Patrol officials have said the wall was never meant to stop everyone but rather to slow their advance.

Jose Edgar Zuleta, whose business selling religious jewelry in the Mexican city of Puebla dried up during the coronavirus pandemic, cleared two walls in Friendship Park in October with a special ladder. He moved through brush in a heavily patrolled area for about half an hour before getting caught. His 21-year-old son, who went ahead of him, got picked up hours later.

The cross-border park has hosted yoga classes, concerts and countless news conferences, including one in 2018 with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce a “zero tolerance” policy that caused thousands of children to be separated from their parents at the border.

An old bullfighting ring and ocean-view restaurants surround the Mexican side; wetland scrub stretches into the United States.

Years ago, people passed baked goods, kissed and shook hands through a chain-link fence. Watman remembers passing tools back and forth in 2007 to plant a cross-border garden that still stands.

Since 2012, after construction of a double wall at the park, the Border Patrol has opened a gate many weekends for up to 10 people at a time to exchange words with those in Mexico.

SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, won contracts to build double walls blanketing 14 miles (22 kilometers) in San Diego. Company spokeswoman Liz Rogers said work at Friendship Park is separate and done by another company.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next month on whether the government’ illegally diverted billions of dollars from the Defense Department to build the wall after Congress denied money that Trump sought, triggering a 35-day government shutdown in 2017.

It is unclear if Biden will adopt Trump’s position before the Supreme Court. The government’s brief is due Feb. 11.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed Biden’s decision to stop wall construction but, in defense of Trump, noted that U.S. presidents going back to 1990s built border barriers. He displayed a chart to prove his point

A man looks through the first wall at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull

An incomplete secondary wall stands alongside the previous version near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull

A man looks through the first wall at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A man passes at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

FILE – Crews construct a section of border wall in San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. President Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. The order leaves projects across the border unfinished and under contract after Trump worked feverishly last year to reach 450 miles, a goal he announced was achieved eight days before leaving office. (AP Photo/Matt York)

FILE – Crews construct a section of border wall in San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Douglas, Ariz. President Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. The order leaves projects across the border unfinished and under contract after Trump worked feverishly last year to reach 450 miles, a goal he announced was achieved eight days before leaving office. (AP Photo/Matt York)

FILE – A pathway cleared by explosives to make way for border wall construction separates Mexico, right, and the United States, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Guadalupe Canyon, Ariz. President Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. The order leaves projects across the border unfinished and under contract after Trump worked feverishly last year to reach 450 miles, a goal he announced was achieved eight days before leaving office. (AP Photo/Matt York)

People look at the monument at Friendship Park, near where the border separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego meets the Pacific Ocean Thursday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Tijuana, Mexico. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Then-first lady Pat Nixon speaks at the dedication of Friendship Park in San Diego, on the border with Tijuana, Mexico, on Aug. 18, 1971. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum via AP)

Then-first lady Pat Nixon greets people at the dedication of Friendship Park in San Diego and Tinjana, Mexico on Aug. 18, 1971. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum via AP)

Then-first lady Pat Nixon reaches from San Diego across the border – then marked by a barbed wire fence – to greet people on the Tijuana, Mexico side during the dedication of Friendship Park on Aug. 18, 1971. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum via AP)

In this Aug. 18, 1971, image provided by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then-first lady Pat Nixon talks with people in San Diego while people across the border, marked by a barbed wire fence, watch from the Tijuana, Mexico, side during the dedication of Friendship Park. In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean that then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive edicts issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. (Courtesy of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum via AP)

Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant in Houston, Anita Snow in Phoenix and Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed.

This story has been corrected to show that border wall contractor SLSCO Ltd. says another company is doing the work at Friendship Park in San Diego.

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Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis in Athens during New Year celebrations on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, in one of the world’s largest fireworks shows, on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

People celebrate on Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge in the Netherlands during New Year’s Eve celebrations on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

People take a selfie on Westminster Bridge during New Year’s Eve celebrations in London on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman and her cats look at New Year’s Eve fireworks through the window of her home in Ajdovscina, Slovenia, on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

French police patrol the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, after celebrations and gatherings have been banned amid the coronavirus pandemic, on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

People take part in New Year’s Eve celebrations in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

Babacar Sene, who sells light-up accessories at Independence Square in Dakar, Senegal, is seen during celebration on New Year’s Eve.PHOTO: NYTIMES

The midnight fireworks light up Tahya Masr Bridge during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cairo, Egypt on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

People stand with candles during a New Year’s Eve memorial for victims of the coronavirus in Johannesburg on Dec 31, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Fireworks light the night sky over the Kremlin and the Red square to mark the New Year in Moscow on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

People visit Kanda Myojin Shrine to offer New Year prayers in Tokyo on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

Fireworks are seen in Pyongyang during New Year’s celebrations in this photo supplied by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

Fireworks are seen during New Year celebrations in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

A New Year fireworks display is seen moments after midnight in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

People use smartphones to film the fireworks and light effects illuminating the night sky from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during New Year’s celebrations in Taipei on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A couple take a selfie at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, on Dec 31, 2020. Despite the restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people gathered to celebrate the New Year.PHOTO: AFP

New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show for New Year’s Eve in Bangkok on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

People release balloons during a New Year’s countdown in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

Fireworks erupt over Chao Phraya river during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangkok on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

People gather on a street during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Hanoi on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

New Year’s Eve fireworks erupting over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge during the fireworks show on Jan 1, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

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Confetti falls on a mostly empty Times Square in New York. This year, a limited live audience of first responders and essential workers and their families were allowed to watch the ball drop from a secure area.

Fireworks light the sky behind the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

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People celebrate under the lights of a Christmas tree in Kiev, Ukraine.

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People celebrate the new year in Wuhan, China, which nearly a year ago became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Residents of the San Jeronimo nursing home dance in Estella, Spain.

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People take a selfie in front of a neon sign in Melbourne.

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New Year’s celebrations from around the world

Jan 1, 2021  ABC News

Fireworks displays and gatherings mark the start of 2021.

How 2021 was celebrated around the world – BBC News

Jan 1, 2021  BBC News

Countries around the world have welcomed 2021 with fireworks, but crowds were only allowed at some displays. Strict lockdown and border closures in New Zealand have all but eliminated Covid, so New Year’s Eve plans were held as usual. The Sydney fireworks display went ahead, but crowds weren’t allowed to gather on the city’s harbour to enjoy it. Restrictions are being placed on new year festivities around the world as many countries struggle to curb new spikes in coronavirus cases. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The World For 2021 | NBC News NOW

Jan 1, 2021  NBC News

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New Year’s 2021: Auckland, New Zealand rings in New Year with fireworks show

Dec 31, 2020  Global News

Auckland, New Zealand was one of the first places in the world to ring in 2021, with a dazzling fireworks display and a light show from its iconic Sky Tower and harbour. Revellers on the waterfront watched the five-minute show with brightly coloured fireworks and laser lighting shooting into the night sky over the city’s harbour. While many countries restricted gatherings and cancelled their traditional New Year celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic, Auckland’s residents were able to ring in the new year to watch the show in person. New Zealand currently has 55 active cases. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7548867/ne… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NEWYEARS2021 #NYE #NewYearsEve

New Year’s 2021: Thailand ushers in New Year with spectacular musical fireworks display

Dec 31, 2020  Global News

Thailand ushered in the New Year with a spectacular musical fireworks display at the Iconsiam mall in Bangkok amid surges in coronavirus cases that disrupted outdoor celebrations. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other, with coronavirus pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7548867/ne… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NEWYEARS2021 #NYE #NewYearsEve

New Year’s 2021: Taiwan’s iconic skyscraper Taipei 101 sets off fireworks

Dec 31, 2020  Global News

Taiwan hosted its usual New Year’s celebration with a fireworks display by its capital city’s iconic tower, Taipei 101, to ring in 2021. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had capped attendance at the main viewing spot next to the city government at 40,000, half of the 80,000 it had originally planned, with attendees having to register their personal details and wear masks. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je defended the move not to cancel the activities, saying that Taiwan had no community transmission and all correct precautions were being taken. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7548867/ne… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NEWYEARS2021 #NYE #NewYearsEve

Singapore welcomes 2021 with light show at Marina Bay and fireworks in the heartlands

Dec 31, 2020  CNA

Singapore welcomed the New Year with fireworks in the heartlands and a light show at the Marina Bay as authorities scaled down celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Full story: https://cna.asia/2L42COB Subscribe to our channel here: https://cna.asia/youtubesub Subscribe to our news service on Telegram: https://cna.asia/telegram Follow us: CNA: https://cna.asia CNA Lifestyle: http://www.cnalifestyle.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/channelnewsasia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/channelnews… Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/channelnewsasia

Beijing embraces 2021

Dec 31, 2020  ABC News

New Year’s celebration in Greece

Dec 31, 2020  ABC News

Athens marks the start of 2021 with fireworks display.

New Year’s 2021: Dubai puts on dazzling fireworks show from iconic Burj Khalifa

Dec 31, 2020  Global News

The United Arab Emirates welcomed the new year in Dubai with a mesmerizing display of lights, fireworks and music from the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa. The light show paid tribute to front-line health workers amid the coronavirus pandemic and displayed words of hope for 2021. The UAE has imposed restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 on New Year’s Eve, including limiting social gatherings to 30 and under, and masks must be worn. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7548867/ne… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NEWYEARS2021 #NYE #NewYearsEve

New Year’s 2021: Sydney, Australia puts on stunning fireworks display

Dec 31, 2020  Global News

Sydney, Australia put on a stunning fireworks show from Sydney Harbour Bridge and over the iconic Sydney Opera House to ring in 2021. In past years, 1 million people crowded the harbour to watch fireworks, but most watched on television this year as authorities urge residents to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Australia was among the first nations to usher in the New Year because of its proximity to the International Date Line, but is a grim end to the year for New South Wales and Victoria, the country’s two most populous states, which are battling to curb new COVID-19 outbreaks. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7548867/ne… Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NEWYEARS2021 #NYE #NewYearsEve

London 2021 fireworks ? Happy New Year Live! – BBC

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Countdown to 2021: Waterford crystal triangles installed on New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square

Dec 28, 2020  CBS News

For over 111 years, the annual Times Square ball drop has been the center of New Years Eve celebrations across America. 2020 has been an unusual year, but this tradition remains the same. Waterford Crystal’s master artisan Tom Brennan joins CBSN to talk about this year’s theme. Subscribe to the CBS News Channel HERE: https://bit.ly/2uz8qYE Watch CBSN live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7 Follow CBS News on Instagram HERE: https://www.instagram.com/cbsnews/ Like CBS News on Facebook HERE: http://facebook.com/cbsnews Follow CBS News on Twitter HERE: http://twitter.com/cbsnews Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream CBSN and local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites like Star Trek Discovery anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B — CBSN is the first digital streaming news network that will allow Internet-connected consumers to watch live, anchored news coverage on their connected TV and other devices. At launch, the network is available 24/7 and makes all of the resources of CBS News available directly on digital platforms with live, anchored coverage 15 hours each weekday. CBSN. Always On.

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PBS News: December 31, 2019 and January 1 – 7, 2020, Shields and Brooks on 2019 in review, At rare J.M.W. Turner show, the watercolors are as fragile as they are many, Despite extreme weather and surging activism, 2019 saw political paralysis on climate

TED Talks: The lies our culture tells us about what matters — and a better way to live – David Brooks, How to escape education’s death valley, Bring on the learning revolution!,   Sir Ken Robinson Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit,  – Sir Ken Robinson, Guy Winch How to turn off work thoughts during your free time,

Washington Post: On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.,

Best Documentary: A Man Among Orcas – Wildlife Documentary

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ABC News: The Year 2019: Remembering those we lost

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PBS NewsHour live episode, Jan 7, 2020

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PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan 6, 2020

Jan 6, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, Iran mourns Gen. Qassem Soleimani, killed by the U.S. in an airstrike on Friday. Plus: Possible political and military repercussions of the Soleimani killing, a Senate impeachment trial in limbo, 2020 Democrats focus on foreign policy amid Iran tensions, Politics Monday with Tamara Keith and Lisa Lerer, political upheaval in Venezuela and refugee artists in exile in France. WATCH TODAYS SEGMENTS Iranians unite to mourn military giant Qassem Soleimani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Srd… Iranian ambassador on revenge for Soleimani’s death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4TE-… News Wrap: Pelosi to introduce war powers resolution on Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjMS7… What killing of Iranian general means for U.S., nuclear deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBQPB… What Pelosi, McConnell are saying about impeachment trial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdGje… Iran tensions put foreign policy in focus for 2020 Democrats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_nxV… Tamara Keith and Lisa Lerer on Soleimani death, Iowa polls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Wku… Venezuela’s political crisis roiled by chaos in parliament https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKBXl… In Europe, can art change the conversation around refugees? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlIm2… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode January 5, 2020

Jan 5, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Saturday, January 5, tensions escalate in the Middle East amid an outpouring of grief over the killing of Iran’s top military leader by a U.S. airstrike. Also, our ongoing series “Peril & Promise” examines the impact of climate change on communities along the Mississippi River in Louisiana and Missouri. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode January 4, 2020

Jan 4, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Saturday, January 4, the diplomatic fallout over the killing of Iranian military leader Qassim Suleimani, wildfires rage out of control in Australia, and the first part of our ongoing Peril and Promise series explores how climate change is impacting communities along the Mississippi River. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode Jan. 3, 2020

Jan 3, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, a targeted U.S. attack in Baghdad kills a top Iranian general, raising ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran to new heights. Plus: American lawmakers respond to the killing of Qassam Soleimani, what’s next for the U.S. and Iran after Soleimani’s death, disinformation on the 2020 campaign trail and Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the week’s political news. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS: Who was Qassam Soleimani, and what does his death mean? https://youtu.be/Y1Ih9abqb6w Kaine says Trump’s Iran policy is hurting U.S. allies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8zyB… Risch says Soleimani was ‘ratcheting up’ attacks on the U.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhHJF… Why the U.S. targeted Soleimani — and how Iran might react https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2f7… News Wrap: Senate still divided on impeachment trial process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejXH-… How 2020 candidates are grappling with online disinformation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syCEN… Shields and Brooks on Soleimani’s death, 2020 fundraising https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX5ID… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan 2, 2020

Jan 2, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Thursday on the NewsHour, Australia is still burning amid a record fire season that has destroyed millions of acres and killed 17 people. Plus: Financing the 2020 presidential race, President Trump’s support among evangelical Christians, why millennials are leaving organized religion, what’s in the huge 2020 federal spending bill, Carlos Ghosn flees Japan and psycholinguist Jean Berko Gleason. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, Jan 1, 2020

Jan 1, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, a standoff outside the U.S. Embassy in Iraq ends — but tensions over American involvement in the country remain high. Plus: What North Korea’s nuclear decision means for relations with the U.S., new laws go into effect as 2020 begins, Antarctic penguins warn of climate change consequences, the decline of local newspapers and harvesting water from fog. WATCH TODAYS SEGMENTS News Wrap: Death in Australian wildfires rises to 17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LE2U… Crisis at Baghdad embassy is over, but tensions remain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl9wR… Amid stalled U.S. talks, Kim Jong Un’s ‘major policy shift’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ocQU… How state laws are changing in 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAtFe… What America is losing as local newsrooms shutter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSVIX… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour live episode, Dec 31, 2019

Streamed live on Dec 31, 2019  PBS NewsHour

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Shields and Brooks on 2019 in review, 2020

Dec 27, 2019  PBS NewsHour

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week’s political news, including the battle between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over rules for a Senate impeachment trial, how the presidential primary race is shaping up among 2020 Democrats and the year’s most surprising political developments. Sream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

At rare J.M.W. Turner show, the watercolors are as fragile as they are many

Dec 26, 2019  PBS NewsHour

British painter J.M.W. Turner was both prolific and peripatetic, producing more than 30,000 watercolors during a lifetime in which he traveled throughout Europe. But these works are extremely susceptible to light damage and can be shown only once in a generation. Now, they’re on view at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut — their only North American stop. Jared Bowen of WGBH reports. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

Despite extreme weather and surging activism, 2019 saw political paralysis on climate

Dec 25, 2019  PBS NewsHour

By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now. The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem. But as Miles O’Brien reports, the call for action was often divorced from political reality. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

The lies our culture tells us about what matters — and a better way to live | David Brooks

Jul 3, 2019   TED

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as “weavers” — Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy. Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You’re welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/ Follow TED on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED

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How to escape education’s death valley | Sir Ken Robinson

May 10, 2013  TED

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at https://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksD…

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Bring on the learning revolution! | Sir Ken Robinson

May 24, 2010  TED

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at https://www.ted.com/translate. Follow us on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/tednews Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives https://www.facebook.com/TED

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Sir Ken Robinson Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit

Aug 13, 2018   Better Together: California Teachers Summit

At the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit, Sir Ken Robinson, a leading education and creativity expert, delivered the keynote address from the Summit’s headquarters at Cal State Fullerton. Sir Ken’s thought-provoking speech challenged California’s teachers to transform our education system by building personal relationships and developing the appetite and curiosity of learners. Because, as he put it, “when the conditions are right, miracles happen everywhere.”

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Feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow’s tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly relax and recharge after work.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/world/climate-environment/climate-change-tasmania/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

2°C: Beyond the limit

On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

By Darryl Fears  Photos by Bonnie Jo Mount
Graphics by John Muyskens and Harry Stevens Dec. 27, 2019

BRUNY ISLAND, Tasmania — Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked.

Rodney Dillon noticed the day he squeezed into a wet suit several years ago and dove into Trumpeter Bay to catch his favorite food, a big sea snail called abalone. As he swam amid the towering kelp forest, he saw that “it had gone slimy.” He scrambled out of the water and called a scientist at the University of Tasmania in nearby Hobart. “I said, ‘Mate, all our kelp’s dying, and you need to come down here and have a look.’

“But no one could do anything about it.”

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Strands of bull kelp at Shelly Point in Tasmania. The Tasman Sea is warming, and once plentiful giant kelp forests have rapidly declined. Indigenous artists rely on a kelp habitat for traditional jewelry and basket making.

Climate change had arrived at this island near the bottom of the world, and the giant kelp that flourished in its cold waters was among the first things to go.

Over recent decades, the rate of ocean warming off Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state and a gateway to the South Pole, has climbed to nearly four times the global average, oceanographers say.

More than 95 percent of the giant kelp — a living high-rise of 30-foot stalks that served as a habitat for some of the rarest marine creatures in the world — died.

Giant kelp had stretched the length of Tasmania’s rocky east coast throughout recorded history. Now it clings to a tiny patch near Southport, the island’s southern tip, where the water is colder.

“This is a hot spot,” said Neil Holbrook, a professor who researches ocean warming at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. “And it’s one of the big ones.”

Click any temperature underlined in the story to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit

Climate scientists say it’s essential to hold global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial times to avoid irreversible damage from warming.

The Tasman Sea is already well above that threshold.

The Washington Post’s examination of accelerated warming in the waters off Tasmania marks this year’s final installment of its global series “2C: Beyond the Limit,” which identified hot spots around the world. The investigation has shown that disastrous impacts from climate change aren’t a problem lurking in the distant future: They are here now.

Nearly a tenth of the planet has already warmed 2 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, and the abrupt rise in temperature related to human activity has transformed parts of the Earth in radical ways.

In the United States, New Jersey is among the fastest-warming states, and its average winter has grown so warm that lakes no longer freeze as they once did. Canadian islands are crumbling into the sea because a blanket of sea ice no longer protects them from crashing waves. Fisheries from Japan to Angola to Uruguay are collapsing as their waters warm. Arctic tundra is melting away in Siberia and Alaska, exposing the remains of woolly mammoths buried for thousands of years and flooding the gravesites of indigenous people who have lived in an icy world for centuries.

Australia is a poster child for climate change. Wildfires are currently raging on the outskirtsof itsmost iconic city and drought is choking a significant portion of the country.

Nearly 100 fires are burning in New South Wales, nearly half of them out of control. Residents of the state, where Sydney sits, wear breathing masks to tolerate the heavy smoke, which has drifted more than 500 miles south to the outskirts of Melbourne.

This is happening even though average atmospheric temperatures in Australia have yet to increase by 2 degrees Celsius.

The ocean is another story.

A stretch of the Tasman Sea right along Tasmania’s eastern coast has already warmed by just a fraction below 2 degrees Celsius, according to ocean temperature data from the Hadley Center, the U.K. government research agency on climate change.

Sea surface temperature change in a region off the coast of Tasmania

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+1.9ºCAnnual average for the region

Source: Met Office Hadley Center for Climate Science and Services

As the marine heat rises and the kelp simmers into goo, Dillon and other descendants of Tasmania’s first people are losing a connection to the ocean that has defined their culture for millennia.

Aboriginals walked to present-day Tasmania 40,000 years ago during the Stone Age, long before rising sea levels turned the former peninsula into an island.

Cut off from Aboriginals on the mainland, about a dozen nomadic tribes were the first humans to live so close to the end of the Earth, fishing amid the giant kelp for abalone, hunting kangaroo and mutton birds, turning bull kelp into tools, and fashioning pearlescent snail shells into jewelry for hundreds of generations.

But that was before British colonizers took their land and deployed an apartheid-like system to wipe them out.

Now, as descendants try to finally get full recognition as the first people and original owners of Tasmania, climate change is threatening to remove the marine life that makes so much of their culture special.

Two of the most severe marine heat waves ever recorded struck back to back in recent years.

In the first, starting in 2015, ocean temperatures peaked at nearly 3 degrees Celsius above normal in the waters between Tasmania and New Zealand. A blob of heat that reached 2 degrees Celsius was more than seven times the size of Tasmania, an island the size of Ireland.

The region’s past heat waves normally lasted as long as two months. The 2015-2016 heat wave persisted for eight months. Alistair Hobday, who studied the event, compared it to the deadly 2003 European heat wave that led to the deaths of thousands of people.

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Marine heat waves, Feb. 1, 2016

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Source: Robert Schlegel, Ocean Frontier Institute

“Except in this case, it’s the animals that are suffering,” said Hobday, a senior research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a government agency.

South of the equator, Australia’s summer stretches from December to February — and soaring temperatures turned the mainland deadly this year. An estimated 23,000 giant fruit bats — about a third of that species’s population in Australia — dropped dead from heat stress in Queensland and New South Wales in April.

The bats, called flying foxes, cannot survive temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius. Another 10,000 black flying foxes, a different species, also died. Bodies plopped into meadows, backyard gardens and swimming pools.

A month later, more than 100 ringtail possums fell dead in Victoria when temperatures topped 35 degrees Celsius for four consecutive days.

The warming waters off Tasmania are not just killing the giant kelp, but transforming life for marine animals.

Warm-water species are swimming south to places where they could not have survived a few years ago. Kingfish, sea urchins, zooplankton and even microbes from the warmer north near the mainland now occupy waters closer to the South Pole.

“There’s about 60 or 70 species of fish that now have established populations in Tasmania that used not to be here,” said Craig Johnson, who leads the ecology and biodiversity center at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. “You might see them occasionally as sort of vagrants, but they certainly did not have established populations.”

But the region’s indigenous cold-water species have no place to go. Animals such as the prehistoric-looking red handfish are accustomed to the frigid water closer to the shore. They cannot live in the deep-water abyss between the bottom tip of Tasmania and Antarctica.

“It’s a geographic climate trap,” Johnson said. Marine animals unique to Australia — the wallabies and koalas of the deep — could easily vanish. “So there’s going to be a whole bunch of species here that we expect will just go extinct.

“You know, it’s not a happy story.”

Genocide

Every time he dives for abalone, Rodney Dillon plays his part in what is arguably Tasmania’s saddest story of all.

At 63, he’s getting too old for the occasional plunge. Before a dive on a windy day in September, two people had to wrestle his wet suit over a thick athlete’s body softened by time.

Dillon persists because diving puts a favorite food on the family table, and, more important, it carries on a dying Aboriginal custom nearly ended by the British crown and the Australian governors it appointed.

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Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects / Hiroyuki Oki

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