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Israel: people pose nude near Dead Sea for artist Tunick

American photographer Spencer Tunick and his team work on a photographic installation with dozens of naked people near the Dead Sea, Israel, October 17, 2001
American photographer Spencer Tunick and his team work on a photographic installation with dozens of naked people near the Dead Sea, Israel, October 17, 2001 Menahem KAHANA AFP

Some 200 people posed naked on Sunday with their painted white bodies for the latest project by American photographer Spencer Tunick, in Israel near the Dead Sea, which is threatened with drying out.

This is the third project of its kind on the shores of the Dead Sea for the 54-year-old photographer, invited by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the city of Arad (east), where the session took place.

Stationed on a truck, Mr. Tunick, known for his compositions of naked crowds, gave his instructions with a megaphone to people posing on the rocky hills overlooking the turquoise sea.

He explained that he covered his models with white paint to evoke the biblical episode of Lot’s wife, traditionally transformed into a pillar of salt there.

Nissan Ben Hamo, the mayor of Arad, has expressed hope that this shoot will help raise funds for a new museum on the Dead Sea.

The latter has lost a third of its surface since 1960 and continues to decline by more than a meter per year.

At this rate, this natural wonder, located at the lowest point in the world (minus 420 meters) between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories, could have disappeared by 2050, according to experts.

The drying up began in the 1960s with the economic exploitation of the waters of the Jordan River, the main source of supply for the Dead Sea, the saltiest in the world.

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Will the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to Greta Thunberg?

The Nobel Peace Prize will announce, on October 8, who will be nominated in 2021. The climate issue being at the heart of global concerns, the young Greta Thunberg could be the new distinguished personality.

If Greta Thunberg were to become the Nobel Peace Prize winner, she would be, at 18, the second youngest distinguished (only a few months old), after Pakistani Malala Yousafzai.
If Greta Thunberg were to become the Nobel Peace Prize winner, she would be, at 18, the second youngest distinguished (only a few months old), after Pakistani Malala Yousafzai. | MIGUEL MEDINA / AFPWest FrancePublished on 02/10/2021 at 1:29

« It’s less hot in hell »: on Friday, hundreds of young people marched through the center of Milan, behind Swedish activist Greta Thunberg , demanding rapid action for the climate one month before the crucial COP26 conference in Glasgow . This week again, the young Swedish activist hit the mark with her scathing resignation and unwavering determination for the planet.

In just three weeks, the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced, just before Cop26. A crucial meeting which, according to many scientists, could determine the future of the planet. With this major deadline approaching, price watchers may well distinguish Greta Thunberg this year.

Who will receive the world’s most prestigious honor in 2021 will be unveiled on October 8. If this remains, each time, a total surprise, the prognoses are well underway and the committee carefully examines the global issues before selecting the recipient. With the COP26 climate summit set for early November in Scotland, the issue of the environment and the climate emergency could be at the heart of the committee’s concerns.

If Greta Thunberg were to become the Nobel Peace Prize winner, she would be, at 18, the second youngest distinguished (only a few months old), after Pakistani Malala Yousafzai.

“The committee often wants to send a message. And that would be a strong message to send to COP26, which will take place between the announcement of the award and the ceremony, ” Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute told Reuters.

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July 2021 IS the hottest Month on Earth record

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), the month of July 2021 was the best month hot ever recorded on Earth.

July 2021 was the hottest month on record on the planet, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency announced on Friday. A record that risks being quickly broken.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), the month of July 2021 was the best month hot ever recorded on Earth. The body which has been carrying out these temperature readings for 142 years indicated that  » July is generally the hottest month of the year, but July 2021 has surpassed itself, becoming the month of July and the month itself. hottest ever « .

The month of July 2021 saw numerous fires ravaging land in several regions of the world, from the United States to the Mediterranean basin , with temperature records in these areas. After the latest IPCC report which indicates that the situation on the planet is critical , this record temperature stands out as a further demonstration of the acceleration of climate change .

Indeed, these are not records  that we want to see broken. The global temperature on the planet’s surface was 0.93 ° C above average. The Asia has meanwhile  » had its July the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in 2010  » while the Europe had  » its second month of July the warmest on record, tied with July 2010 and behind July 2018 « . 

The global warming could reach 1.5 ° C around 2030 , ten years earlier than estimated.