Macron at the G7, tsunami alert in New Caledonia and dry lakes

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Emmanuel Macron in Japan for a G7 he wants “demanding” against Beijing

Emmanuel Macron arrived in Japan on Friday for a G7 summit which must agree on new sanctions against Russia and define the position of the Western powers vis-à-vis China, which France wishes “both engaging and demanding”. The French president landed in Hiroshima early in the morning, joining the Japanese, American, British, German, Canadian and Italian leaders who had already arrived in the city symbol of peace, hit by the American atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 at the end of the Second World War. “This summit comes in a context of overlapping crises”, with the war led by Moscow in Ukraine but also the “rise in tensions between China and the United States” or even climate change, underlined the Elysée.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake shakes the south-east of New Caledonia

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred Friday in the Pacific Ocean southeast of New Caledonia, triggering a tsunami warning, announced the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), on Twitter. The tremor was detected at a depth of 37 km and more than 300 kilometers from the Caledonian coast, according to the same source. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), for its part, estimates that a tidal wave is “possible” within a radius of 1,000 kilometers around the epicenter. A tsunami alert was declared, before being lifted by the authorities. The coast was evacuated.

Half of the world’s lakes and reservoirs are losing water

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The amount of water is shrinking in more than half of the world’s lakes and reservoirs, threatening a vital source of fresh water, according to a new study that largely attributes the trend to global warming and overuse by humans. About a quarter of the world’s population lives in an area with a lake or reservoir (a body of water regulated by a dam) which is drying up, this study published in the prestigious journal Science warns on Thursday. “Lakes are in danger globally, and this has broad implications,” Balaji Rajagopalan, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and co-author of the study, told AFP. “They allow societies and humanity to live, and yet they don’t get the respect they deserve. »

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